Many of our clients are renovating their existing master bathroom and updating the showers. In this example we have removed the old 4 x 4 tiles and will replace with an 8 x 16 brick pattern and a nice glass mosaic accent band. It will be beautiful when complete and a huge improvement over the old tile design.
During the demolition of the showers, in many instances, we find water damage because of poor installation and the use of sub-standard materials. Water leaks cause mold accumulation and attract termites, carpenter ants and worse.
The proper building techniques and materials used are of paramount importance. What is equally important is the preparation for the installation. This photo is a great example of the added measures we take to be certain that there will not be any water intrusion. In the photo, it can be seen that we have used Durarock cement board for the substrate. The cement board is essential for wet areas. The red “paint” seen in the photo is actually an elastomeric membrane that is applied over every screw hole and seam in the shower.
The cement board and tile alone would be sufficient to prevent water intrusion. The “Red Guard” sealant will ensure it.