Silicone is used by tilers because it handles the expansion and contraction, not, as most people think, because it seals the joint. Whether it’s behind the range or cooktop in the kitchen on the backsplash, or a shower niche in the bathtub, a little classy contrast goes a long way!
If the niche needs to be tiled, then it has to be done tile by tile.
How to tile a shower niche without trim. It’s much easier to address leaks in your shower pan before the tile goes down. One way is to run bullnose tile around the inside jambs of the niche, with the bullnose facing out (obviously), and bring the field tile to meet the bullnose. Most preformed niches are 1/2 thick.
If your tile is 1/4 inch thick we recommend using a 1/4 x 1/4 square notched trowel. Since the depth of your niche will always be around 4″ deep, you only need about 1/16″ drop from the back of the niche to the front, to allow the water to drain. Tiling the shower niche and installing the shelves.
After ten years of building tiled shower niches many different ways, i’ve developed some techniques that ensure the niche blends with the surrounding wall tile and acts as an accent to bring the bathroom together, not an eyesore that mars the wall. Please don't use mastic in a wet area. You could trim it out with a different color, switch up the tile completely, run a different pattern, or play with scale.
I have installed a custom made niche for my shower. For added interest, i prefer to install a little contrast in the niche. My intent was to finish the niche with aluminum schluter edge trim i am using 13×26 wall tiles laid landscape and wanted the grout line to line up with the top and bottom of the niche opening.
A good practice will be to go a couple of feet above the top level of the niche so as to make the wall mortar waterproof. When you put a tile on the back of it, the depth of the tile with the thin set, + a grout line + 3 bullnose on the inside should cover the niche edges. This is part 2 of how to install large format porcelain tile and niche on shower walls, in this video a talk about some of the most important things that nee.
Not all tile presents a nice cut edge and consistent color through the whole tile like yours. Quarter round and bullnose are the most common tile trims to frame a shower niche, since they soften and hide raw tile edges. The approach can be adapted to any tile style by varying the techniques for finishing the edges.
This live video shares quick tips on how to tile a shower niche. You don't need grout with aluminium tile trim because aluminium trim expands with heat(hot water) and contracts with cold (cold water) so grout cracks away from the trim. The key to building shower niches is to have a plan.
This will leave you with 'factory' edges where they show, and cut edges where they don't (back in the shadows). It only takes a hole the size of a pin about 20 minutes to start seeping. The blade will grind down the edge of the tile into a curve that will make the gentle transition to the wall.
Put the cut edges in the back of the pocket, be sure they are grouted/caulked properly. The first niche shown is a finished shower niche. A trim edge is needed for a finished look.
This niche is made from sheet stainless steel with a brushed finish so it does not require tiling. It also hides the dodgy tiling cuts. Preformed shower niches also make this.
Indigo it depends on the tile. This ensures any splashing or accidental spraying of water on the wall or shower door does not result in any seepage and water damage behind the tiles. Use a tile wet saw that has been fitted with a bullnose blade.
If you are redoing have him just use 1 tile piece in back of niche. To avoid this big shower niche install mistake, you must choose a shower niche with an integrated waterproofing membrane bonding flange as seen in the two examples above. Not using the bullnoses keeps the niche's edges raw, just cut.
Good luck with your project! Start at the front edge with your tiles, and lay them into the nook/pocket. You need not be worried about the exact slope (in degrees) of the base of your tiled shower niche.