t’s cheaper. It’s easier. It’ll get done faster. These are just a few of the reasons why homeowners think they should install a tile shower themselves instead of hiring a professional. You may be saying these reasons to yourself in the beginning, but what happens when you get half way through the project, only to realize you missed a step and now you have to start over and buy more material?

We hope this doesn’t happen to you, but if it does, there goes your “cheaper, easier, faster” theory. How do you know you’ve bought the right material, and even the right amount of material? Do you have to cut the tile yourself? Do you have a tile saw? Not many people just have one of those lying around, and even if they do, cutting tile can be dangerous. You need the right shoes, the proper clothing, gloves, goggles, and so on. Still think it’s easier? And cheaper if you had to buy all the stuff just to cut the tile? While we don’t want to scare you, we do want to make sure homeowners are educated on all of the things that go into tiling a shower and the potential dangers and mistakes that DIYers make.

One of the main mistakes DIYers make when tiling a shower is not waterproofing correctly. The grout, tile, backer board, and more all need to be properly waterproofed when tiling a shower. If this is not done right, many problems can arise – mold, damaged tiles, and infestation of termites and carpenter ants from the trapped moisture just to name a few. The shower membrane and shower pan also need to be installed properly. Did you also know there’s a difference between waterproofing and moistureproofing? While there are countless how-to articles and videos online, there are also countless versions. You could watch 10 different videos and learn 10 different techniques. How do you know which one to trust? You don’t, and that’s the problem.

Whether you’re contemplating a bathroom makeover or knee deep in the remodel, call the experts at Stoneridge and we’ll help you through the tiling process and make sure your new shower comes out beautiful and functional. You can also view our online tile catalog and browse our photo gallery for inspiration.