We are having troubles with the tiled shower floor in our new house. See my thread on that here if interested.
It is possible that the remedy will include replacing the tile. If so, I will need/want to choose replacement tile in short order. I know I do not want natural stone tile. I am thinking porcelain.
How are penny rounds for this application? I know all that grout is good for traction, but how bad is it for cleaning? And are penny rounds harder to set properly than other small tiles?
A quick google search turned these up and I like them. I'm thinking with a medium grey grout.
Here is a snapshot of the existing materials. The bathroom is huge so there is a lot of the grey herringbone tile (which I like). And the shower walls are plain white subway tile, which I also like.
If you are going to go that route there is no reason they cant carefully dig down and verify weeps and bird baths ( while you watch ) secondly, do be concerned and pay close attention to the few rows of wall tile and the goings on underneath should those get removed...... Pictures this time
Penny rounds require an extra perfect flat screed/mud job and squared up space to reveal @ perimiters properly...they are a tough material to install uniformly and do introduce a LOT of grout. If you have to have them they can be installed..time consuming and usually a slight upcharge. -best
Well, shoot. It looks like my images don't show up. Let me try again.
penny round tile on shower floor
Penny Rounds On Floor-All That Grout?
Disadvantages to doing jack and Jill bath floor in penny rounds?
are penny tiles to slippery on the shower floor?
Okay, sounds like I should skip the penny rounds. I don't want anything extra-challenging given the current problems.
Any suggestions of what kind of tile is best? Size, shape, material. . . .
And yes, I will take pictures of any work that is done. (We didn't own the house when the shower was built the first time so I couldn't have taken them before.)
I'd do sheet hex tiles. White with grey grout. Similar in look, available in matte which is less slippery, and timeless. You also can get them at any big box store or even at wayfair or overstock.
Hmm, I will have to think about hex. I like it a lot, but I'm not sure if it works with this house. The house is considerably more modern in style than any I have had before. Sort of a striped down traditional if that makes any sense. I will check out some pictures and see if that gives me a sense of how that would fit in. I do like the idea of something besides rectangles since all the other tile is rectangular.
I don't think I want white tile for the floor. I think that might make the shower look like a floating white box. I am pretty sure I just want grey again. Preferably with some variation in color. And with grey grout.
And to get the slope, we have to go with small tile, right? I'm not sure if there is some optimum size and/or shape for ease of laying? And I think porcelain is the best material choice? Are there particular characteristics I should look for?
Have you considered a prefab shower base? I love the Duravit stuff with the hidden drain. Swanstone, Corian, Wetstyle and other make them. They are not the thin shower bases that you are thinking. Corian and Swanstone can do more colors but I don't know if they can do the funky stuff like linear drains and barrier free. I will post pictures shortly.
I would chose a cast iron base if that were an option, but the size is incorrect. I find the other options less appealing, but I think there is no reason to really research them..
Given that the person tasked with dealing with this is a tile contractor, I really doubt anything but a tile replacement is an option under the warranty. And honestly that seems fair to me. The tile contractor is going to be losing money on this. At least with tile replacement, he's getting whatever discount he can out of his suppliers and he's paying his own employees' wages to do the work. And I think like for like replacement is really all anyone can reasonably expect under a warranty.
(And changing to a curbless shower and/or linear drain seems like an entirely unreasonable request. Those would require substantial changes to the shower build and would be a substantial up charge. No way do I have a basis to ask for that.)
Let me explain my reasoning for bringing this up as an option. You don't have to do a linear drain. It appears this contractor may not be skilled in shower base tile installation. I am not sure you will get a better result with a redo but you can evaluate that better after speaking to who ever will install the system.
Tundra or Mongo can provide more detail about if it will be feasible to convert to a precast shower base at this time. The cost to make a custom shower base may actually be less in material and labor than an appropriate shower install. I would keep this as an option in my back pocket if the confidence level with a proper install decreases once you speak to the person who will be doing the work.
Best of luck!