Retiling Shower - how much backerboard?

Old 06-16-11, 07:08 AM
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Retiling Shower - how much backerboard?

Hi all,

(NOTE: In two minutes of searching, I couldn't find a non-floor tiling forum, and the walls thread didn't convince me it was appropriate, thus I'm posting here)

Several design/execution questions for retiling a shower:

1) The existing 5'*2.5' tub/shower has 4" wall tile squares up to ~6.5' up the wall and then drywall from the 6.5' mark up to the 8' ceiling. For remodels, is there a current trend to do the tile all the way to the ceiling, or do people stop at the same height that a typical fiberglass shower surround would stop?

2) IF I were to redo the tile to the 6.5' height, would I A) only put backerboard where tile will be affixed, or B) could I get away with (aesthetically-speaking) putting backerboard up to the ceiling and painting the area not covered by tile? If (A), I'm imagining I would install some 2*4 horizontal pieces between the studs so that the drywall/backboard seams so that both could be screwed in. There would be no seams not covered by tile. Option (B), though, would be much easier because I could put the vertical seams on studs and would have no horizontal seams to negotiate. However, I would have to worry about the transition from drywall to backerboard along the vertical seam that would be exposed from 6,5' up to the ceiling.


Old 06-16-11, 07:14 AM
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If you aren't going to tile all the way up...then you should transition to drywall. Painting backerboard and trying to get a smooth even finish would be a nightmare.

Many people tile all the way up...ceiling included. But normally I don't like the look unless some decorative accents of some sort are installed. Just one type of tile the whole way looks kind of massive and overpowering....IMO of course.
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Less confusion.....tile all the way up. You'll be happier.
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Before you opt for tiling all the way up you might want to make sure that the ceiling is parallel to the floor. I once redid a bath spending lots of time making sure the floor was level. I changed my plans to tile all the way to the ceiling when I found out the ceiling slope was nearly an inch over the length of the 48" shower. I ended up stopping a couple of tiles short and overlapping the drywall for a transition.

However, I agree that tiling all the way up looks best.

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