Experience has shown us that tile is no more than a decorative covering on a properly prepared surface. At McHugh Tile & Stone, we follow the guidelines set forth by The Tile Council of North America to ensure a lasting and beautiful tile job. Without proper substrate (surface) preparation, a tile job is destined to fail. When talking of specialty installations such as radiant heated floors, steam showers and glass tile installation, special material and preparations need to be followed and will be addressed on a job by job basis.
Cement Backer Board Showers
This is a great installation method when it comes to keeping the cost down. In this process, cement board panels are attached to the studs as the tile substrate. All of our Cement Backer Board showers are installed with a full waterproof membrane (either under or on top, depending on the installation), fastened with backerboard screws, as well as taped with alkali-resistant mesh tape on all seams. This installation meets industry standards.
Kerdi Showers (By Schluter Systems)
This is a step up from a CBU shower in that it is a surface waterproofing that virtually eliminates mold growth. A Kerdi shower will cost a bit more due to materials, but when done right, it cannot be beat from a mold retarding, full waterproofing standpoint. For a look at how the Kerdi shower works, visit www.schluter.com.
Ahhh, the mud shower… This is the “Rolls Royce” of all tile shower installations. Here is a process where mortar and lath are used to “float” the shower walls. The benefit of this kind of installation takes many forms. First and foremost, the finished walls are perfectly plumb and planar. This is very important when dealing with walls that are seriously out of plumb or using very large format tiles. The second benefit is that tile substrate is a single concrete monolith and will last a lifetime with very minimal (if any) maintenance. Once installed, it is the strongest and most durable shower construction method available. This is truly a lost art and is a bit more labor-intensive, but anyone in the tile industry will tell you that this type of installation cannot be beat. Period. Click here for more information.
Although these are only a few of the shower installation techniques we offer, I would encourage you to do a bit of your own research on each one to see what you think will work best for you!