What is the best way to tile a walk shower? Is the schluter system good or is it better to use the rubber membrane?

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Posted by: from North Vancouver
10/25/2013 at 9:56:49 PM

I live in a condo, top floor, and I'm removing my tub and replacing it with a shower. I want to make sure there won't be an issue with leaks. I've heard acrylic shower pans should be used, but then I've heard they can leak thru the caulking and cause mold and water damage. Then I've also heard conflicting stories with man made cement based systems with the water proof membrane. I'm more confused then ever.


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Brad from BK Construction in Ottawa
Date/Time10/25/2013 at 11:08:10 PM


I'm glad to see you are doing some research. The ONLY system I use for full tiled showers is the ditra shower system made by schluter. I have installed many of these systems and have never had a problem. When the system is installed properly and maintain properly it will never leak.

Hope this is some help to you.


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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time10/26/2013 at 9:44:51 AM

The acrylic shower base is a good option but can still leak if drain and wall like are not installed properly.

The best system on the market is the schluter shower and drain system. These are basically leak proof. They are definitely more expensive than buying an acrylic base but the last thing you want is the person below you knocking on your door.

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Elizabeth in North Vancouver
Date/Time10/26/2013 at 12:46:06 PM

Thank you so much for the response.

Do you know approx. how much it would cost to install the Schluter system in a bath to shower conversion, and is there one that's better than the other? The Ditra sounds like the best.

Many thanks.

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Date/Time10/27/2013 at 3:18:07 PM

I have used the vinyl membrane for 20 plus years and have never had a complaint from a customer. However, with the advent of the Schluter System, use it.

Figure $600-1000 for the products, depending how big the shower is and what you want. That is, a shower seat, a custom drain versus just a plain shower stall.

It takes 1 to 2 days to install these systems, so allow the labour rate of someone who know how to do the install it.

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Elizabeth in North Vancouver
Date/Time10/27/2013 at 10:04:24 PM

Thanks so much for this info Tony.

I'm going to look for someone who knows how to install the Schluter system. Sounds like it's worth the investment, and I won't have to worry about leaks.

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