Glass Mosaic Tile Installation For a Machine Bath

I’ve usually enjoyed installing non commercial tile. There’s some thing about thinking creatively and making a good artistic statement of which appeals to us with the problem. To convey a consumer’s design vision calls for good conversation skills including a minimum of some intuition. Making a customer joyful and feeling cozy in their place environment makes us happy, too. Nothing at all can compare to the satisfaction associated with knowing a job features been well carried out, in seeing a new beautiful and correctly installed tile task. And, indeed, a new glass mosaic tile installation will consider amazing. This glass mosaic installation sure has been a challenge inside it’s complexity.

A short while ago Debbie plus Rich asked me to complete a bathroom that would incorporate tiling a steamer/shower surround with glass mosaic tile, intended for shower pan, wall surfaces, and ceiling. They chose a clear glass mosaic known as Tesserra red #777, non-iridescent, by Oceanside Glasstile of Extended Beach, Calif. My partner and i believe they wished to see as well as feel the crimson hot heat involving a steam bath. The a glass mosaic tiles had been of the same red color, but randomly various in saturation: many glass tiles had been darker or lighter in weight than others.

Every single one inch pillow handmade mosaic glass tile was obviously a quarter inch thick along with a finished face surface that had been seemingly chipped, crazed, or irregular, not smooth. The ceramic tiles arrived sheets 15 inches square, deal with glued to brown backing paper with a water soluble adhesive similar to that will used for wallpaper. The tiles reminded me of chipped ice cubes, with sides pointed away from the particular face and also a plain back slightly textured from molds. Almost all tiles were fairly square, some have been slightly trapezoidal throughout shape, as the molten glass added into the molds overflowed a sixteenth inches to form a sheet that was broken apart after cooling.

The particular bathroom had been framed in and sheetrocked walls and ceiling before my personal involvement, with putting surface board placed found in the steamer/shower surround area. I needed to be able to jump right within, assuming I may apply a builder’s felt paper humidity barrier over the greenboard, then install cementitious backerboard plus parge it along with a waterproofing tissue layer to contain steam. But, being the relative beginner in order to any mosaic tile installations, it had been the good thing that I had some uncertainty, thus i made a decision to talk first to Oceanside’s tech support team experts.

Technical support insisted that My partner and i remove the greenboard from the steamer/shower surround. Originally created as being a substrate for directly applying floor tile, greenboard has right now become unacceptable with regard to any bathroom work with according to building code. Also, there was an opportunity, even so slight, that steam moisture could penetrate the waterproofing membrane layer and eventually reduce any sheetrock or perhaps greenboard, causing damage and mold accumulation where it may never dry out there. More recently designed cementitious backerboard, code approved, performs greater for tile, particularly in a wet atmosphere.

Then, a key point to this entire installation, technical support strongly advised me certainly not to apply a waterproofing membrane immediately behind any see-thorugh tile. Water would likely settle behind the tile, especially in which steam would push it, causing a splotchy look in which some tile would likely areas appear darker than other areas. Untreated backerboard would allow water to be able to diffuse away.

Eventually, expansion joints are essential for cup tile installations, and also most other porcelain tiles, specially in a steamer environment where temperature swings are many pronounced. Otherwise, cup tiles, being fragile, could crack or even pop off beneath shear pressure. My partner and i was advised to be able to install expansion joint parts at the inside of corners of walls and ceiling, like this steamer/shower encompass measured 4’6″ broad, 7’6″ high, in addition to 3’6″ deep. Associated with course, the steamer/shower surround area 2×4 walls and threshold were insulated using R-13 fiberglass batts.
With any steamer/shower, it is a good idea to slope the particular tiled ceiling with regard to water runoff to minimize the chance of steam condensation triggering dripping. I reframed the flat roof to realise a slope regarding one inch each foot, this appearing a judgment contact my part, while the Tile Council associated with North America recommends a slope involving two inches for each foot (SR614-05).

After removing greenboard inside of the steamer/shower surround area walls in addition to ceiling, I set up builder’s felt report over wall buttons and ceiling joists, and lapped it over the bathtub pan vinyl membrane layer as a last barrier to normal water penetration. I then installed 1/2″ cdx plywood, which truly does have some external water exposure score, unlike greenboard. Typically tile installers had additional benefit of stiffening surround walls in addition to ceiling, creating a new stable base with regard to the glass variety tile. I ended the plywood on the built-in seat degree 16″ above the shower pan, due to the fact I was concerned in relation to water otherwise wicking up with the hdf from the shower area pan mortarbed. Below seat level I actually installed 1/4″ backerboard over the bath pan vinyl membrane layer and then applied hydraulic cement parging in order to straighten backerboard swells brought on by vinyl membrane layer folds and in order to bring the backerboard into plane using the 1/2″ plywood.

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