Looking for a way to add an artistic touch to your drab bathroom? Many homeowners love the added punch of color that a shower tile mosaic offers them. If this is a look that would fit for your bathroom, we have all the info you need to get started.
The cost of installing a tile mosaic on one or more of your shower walls will depend on the materials used, the size of the job, and cost of labor. On average, homeowners pay about $1,500-$2,500 to have an existing shower tiled, not including the cost of materials. A contractor can help cut those costs significantly—get a price quote for an exact figure and learn how to install your shower tile mosaic cost-effectively.
With normal wear and tear and regular cleaning, tile mosaics in the shower can last for years.
One of the upsides to installing a tile mosaic in your shower (aside from the aesthetically amazing affect), is the easy maintenance. With regular cleaning, soap scum can be cleaned from tile and grout with distilled white vinegar. Allow the solution to sit for 15 minutes, then scrub with a brush, rinse with water, and dry with a soft cloth. An occasional application of car wax can repel water and grime in the future.
All shower tile mosaics must begin with a cement wallboard (1/4-1/2 inches thick) that is capable of supporting the weight of the tile. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, and guidelines are in place to indicate where the tiles will be installed, a pre-mixed mortar is applied to serve as the adhesive.
To keep the ground joints the same over the entire area, it’s suggested that small plastic spears be placed in between the tiles while they are being applied. Tiles may have to be cut to fit into the space left for the last rows.
Tile mosaics are usually placed on two walls—the wall with the faucet and an adjacent wall. They can also be used as a simple border around the base of the wall as well.
Basically the thing to look for when choosing tile for your shower walls is how much water a tile will absorb. Non-vitreous is the word used to describe tiles that will absorb the most amount of water—these tiles should be avoided in a shower area.
Semi-vitreous tiles are considered to be “low-absorption” and can be used for splash areas and around sinks, etc. You can also use a high-density glazed porcelain tile or something similar. Just do your research before deciding on a tile for your shower.
Some of the first mosaics can be traced as far back as the second half of the 3rd millennium, B.C., where they were installed in a temple in Ubaid, Mesopotamia. Since then, tiles have been used as a material to decorate homes, places of worship, and buildings all around the world.
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