No Gap Between Subway Tile and Shower Base


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Old 10-06-22, 07:16 PM
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No Gap Between Subway Tile and Shower Base

I installed Dreamline shower base with mortar, installed cement board, and waterproofing liquid membrane. I hired a contractor to install the tile on the shower walls. Tiles are installed. Contractor is going to grout the tiles tomorrow. I was going to tell contractor before he began install to leave a 1/8" gap between shower base and tile per Dreamline shower pan instructions. Of course I forgot to tell him. He left NO gap!! What are the implication to not providing a gap? It looks like it is standard procedure to leave this gap, per some research I have been doing? Thanks for any help in this matter,
 
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Old 10-06-22, 07:59 PM
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A gap there is customary but I don't know how critical it is.
Possibly just for expansion.

The gap between the pan and the tile is moveable and requires silicone caulk..... not grout.

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Old 10-06-22, 08:08 PM
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The shower pan is covered for protection, the pan ledge is exposed, and gap is not present between ledge and tiles
 
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This contractor seems very experienced, how he forgot to provide a gap, i will find out tomorrow. Just seems that reason for not installing spacers first was that he was trying to save time! Hopefully he doesn't destroy the cement walls when replacing these tiles!
 
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Old 10-06-22, 08:34 PM
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He probably knows that it's not that big of a deal. In reality, the shower mfg is just covering their butt by saying that. Yeah a gap would have been nice but it's not the sort of thing I would tear out and do over. Not much to gain by removing it but it sure could screw up the entire tile install.
 
 

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