Shower Wall Tile Leak
I am going to venture a guess here and say that you have a window in your shower that has leaked at some point and now the tile is falling off the wall.
When you noticed it, you tried caulking but that only lasted a short time. As a last ditch effort to save your shower, you decided to break out the duct tape just to hold it together until you could find an affordable option to repair it correctly.
Now, you are embarrassed of your tub and tile and have a padlock on your shower curtain to hide the damage from your friends and family when they visit.
Trust me, you are not alone.
It happens to the best of us. Wth the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we seem to procrastinate repairs.
A small crack in the corner can quickly spiral out of control and soon it feels the entire wall could come crashing down at any moment. The room begins to smell of mold and the anxiety of opening that wall and seeing the damage almost becomes so overwhelming that you just ignore it.
Well there is no need to ignore the problem anymore. We have an affordable solution that does not involve covering up the damage with plastic panels the way companies like Bath-Fitter or Re-Bath would do.
Tub and Tile Replacement
In this section, I will try to answer some of your questions regarding tub and tile replacement. It really isn’t as dramatic as you would think, and 99% of the time the job can be completed in 3 days.
Our Tub and Tile Replacement Process
So lets talk a little about our process first.
The very first part of the job for us is protecting the surrounding surfaces from debris as we demo the existing tub and tile. This involves covering carpets with an adhesive plastic that protects it from dirt and grime as we track in and out removing the debris from the shower wall demolition. We use canvas runners and rolled cardboard on the floor in rooms that have wood floors or tile to protect them. This is a critical part of our job. The last thing we want to have to do is clean or repair damage or grime that could easily have been avoided. It ruins my day. And I don’t like ruined days. So we protect.
The next thing we do is to cut a line with a multi-tool all the way around the existing tile. This frees the wallboard from the rest of the walls and allows us to remove the tile in large pieces. Many people think that we are going to come in with sledge hammers and just bash the tile out. That is not how we operate. Our system of demo is more surgical.
After removal of the existing wallboard and tile, we then remove the bathtub from its place as well as the shower/tub faucet and drain assembly.
At this point, we typically find some mold and other WDO that need treatment. We use a mildewcide / moldicide prevention spray to treat the effected areas.
A question that I usually get at this point is “how is my framing and sub-floor, is it rotted?”. The answer is, we rarely see framing or sub-floor that requires replacement. They are usually damp and moldy in some areas, but their structural integrity is not compromised. Once treated and allowed to dry, they are fit for service.
Once we have treated the mold, we then replace the existing drain assembly and shower/tub faucet. Then we set the new bath tub and secure it in place.
Once the bath tub is in place, we then begin to hang the new Denshield tile backer to the wall. Denshield is a US Gypsum product that has a lifetime warranty in residential applications. It is water and mold resistant and comes with a moisture barrier built in to the substrate.
Once the new backer is installed, we then seal the seams with knife grade elastomeric and fiber tape to seal it watertight. At this point, the shower walls are considered to be waterproof and tile ready, but we take it one step further by applying a waterproof membrane over the entire shower walls to create another barrier that the water can’t penetrate. After all, a stitch in time saves nine.
All of this is completed on our first day at the project.
On the second day, we set the wall tile. This includes tiling around the window or the custom niche we can install.
This process is fairly straight forward. We set our tile using spacers so that the grout lines stay consistent and straight.
We complete the tile installation the second day.
After the tile is installed and allowed to dry overnight, we return on the third day to grout and complete the installation. We install the new faucet trim and drain trim and silicone around where the tub and tile meet as well as around any window or other areas that could potentially cause a problem. The silicone caulk we use for these areas is resistant to mold for 10 years.
We also use a White Sand Quartz windowsill rather than tiling the sill. This adds some depth to the sill to use to put shampoos and soaps as well as being impervious to water to avoid future leaks.
Now the job is complete and you may use your new tub and shower the next morning.
What is included in the $3500 Tub and Tile Replacement Price
Short answer: Everything
This $3500 special includes
- Demo and proper disposal of existing Tub and Tile
- Mold/ Mildew treatment
- New single handle Faucet
- New standard size bathtub
- 1 window or 1.5 sq ft wall niche
- Denshield tile backer
- Redguard waterproofing membrane
- Tile and Grout (several options available)
This is a total package with no hidden cost or surprises.
Contact us today for a personalized quote.
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