This and the first page are supposed to help you to understand about your shower
remodeling and how to avoid common mistakes and to not waste your money.
Here you can see the step-by-step sequence of shower remodeling.
Problems in the shower usually start much earlier than when you for the first time noticed the wet ceiling down stairs or wet wall outside of your
shower. Normally the shower walls are in pretty decent condition and problems happen with the floor, especially with the shower liner.
It does not start to leak righ away. This is a long process of water penetrating little by little through the access if finds and then accumulating in the
cement floor and when cement floor is soaked wet and does not take water any more, water goes to the liner. If your liner is bad or not installed
properly water finds the hole(s) and goes further to the wood on the shower floor and studs in the wall and drywall and finaly to your ceiling down
stairs. By the time you see water damage down ststairs, you already have water damage and mold on plywood, joists and studs.
I would say that in 90% cases you have problems with shower pan liner and 10% other plumbing. Your liner covers the floor and should cover about
12 inch of the shower walls or at least to be higher than shower curb. In older houses liner usually is a led pan which does not cover walls high enough.
In 75% of most cases we find damaged rotten wood inside the shower walls. Sometimes it can be repaired by replacing the damage piece(s),
sometimes we have to replace the entire stud(s).
In rare cases we have to replace everything by re-building damaged partitions or we have to re-build partition(s) when Customer wants to change
the Shower size or shape.
On this stage we pool wires to install shower light and vent for light with fan, and switches if there are no existing ones.
We add, remove or alter water lines, replace shower drain, and solder new shower faucet rough-in valve.
After water lines, faucets and draine are installed, we check averything for leakage and water pressure.
After plywood is installed we install tarpaper, metal mesh and 1st Cement floor.
After hardening in 24 hours we install shower pan liner and 2nd Cement floor. Both floors have the necessary pitch toward the
After the 2nd floor hardens we install the insulation if it will be necessary, and new Cement Board on walls and ceiling. Cement
Board should be taped with the special tape embedded in the thin-set mortar in all corners and on all joints.
Finaly, it's time to start the tile installation. We start with the ceiling and front
wall, then left and right wall, door partition, jamb and curb. We finish the
installation with floor tile.
The next day after grouting, we wash tiles one more time.
Some tile and grouts should be sealed at this point in 48-72 hours after the final
washing. Tile and grout is supposed to be clean and dry.
We discuss this option when sign the Contract.
Remodeling of your shower starts with the
demolishing. We knock down everything to the studs
on wall and joists on floor.
We remove all accessories, shower door, faucet,
shower head(s), shelves, etc.
We demolish old board on wall and ceiling with tiles;
old cement floor with tiles and open shower floor by
cutting off plywood to get access to the draine and
At this point we can close the floor by installing the new plywood.
Sometimes to do electrical and plumbing work we have to make access from the adjoinig room to install
receptacles outside of the shower, or to work on water lines or draine we have to open ceiling down stairs.
Then ceiling and walls should be pached and painted. This can do your painter or we can do this at the
|As you can see old drains are always in bad condition. Usually they are
clogged, not removable and don't accept new shower pan liner.
You can see also damaged wood on shower floor. This one on a picture to
the right is not as bad as I normaly used to see.
Draine, pipes and wires should be properly attached to the stable surface
inside the wall or floor to avoid any movement so they will not become
loose and dangerous.
Last final cleaning of the work area(s) and congratulation on your new Shower!
Enjoy your new Shower!
|Now we install all necessary accessories, faucet handles, shower had(s), shower door.
Custom made doors usually are installed by the manufacturer.
Where would we start? Well, it is not a big secret that we all like to make money, and we like to make as much money as it is possible. We like to
spend money on pleasant things like vacations, restaurants, clothing, etc. We all like to live in our houses, but what we do not like is to invest money
in those houses to maintain them in a good condition. We consider maintenance and remodeling as a "money wasting" process. And we don't like to
waste our money, to give it away.
That is why people make a common mistake when it is coming to the home remodeling and especially shower remodeling. People are trying "to
save" an old shower in order to save money. It is understandable. Nobody likes an unexpected expense. Unfortunately, the longer you keep your
shower un-repaired the more expense you can face in the future.
People do everything possible, in their opinion, to put on hold the shower remodeling. They think that shower can stop leaking itself like an old shut
off valve when nobody touches it for a while. It does not work like that with the shower.
Pretty soon water can cause much more damage to the property and the shower remodeling project can become a shower remodeling and living room
remodeling and/or something else remodeling. Besides, can you imagine the danger of water reaching electrical wires and electrical junction boxes?
We used to repair ceilings and walls in the shower adjoining rooms with replacing of water damaged wood, drywall, taping and painting of entire
ceilings and walls. And that remodeling involves much more expense for the every household.
The owners of this shower tried "to save" the shower for a long time. They wrapped the walls in plastic and added extra caulking around the ceiling
and floor. It did not help. They finally came to the decision to remodel the shower when about 20 sq. ft of the finished ceiling in their basement just
fell down on the floor. Wood inside the ceiling and walls had mold and were soaked wet. They had really big problems. Their home insurance did not
cover the damage or the remodeling.