Until you really get into the process of renovating and sprucing up your home you might not realize how easy it is to do some of the stuff yourself. It’s always best to leave anything too technical up to the professionals, but things like replacing your own shower floor tile are the types of projects you can not only do on your own, but you might find that you really enjoy the process.
When you own a home there a couple different reasons to take part in renovations. One being that it just looks nice which will help you enjoy your daily life a bit more. The other being that it can increase the worth of the home if you ever plan on selling again down the line. The average bathroom remodel offers an 86.4 percent return on investment (or ROI), while even the most minor kitchen remodels can offer an 82.7 percent ROI. You can’t really go well with a job well done.
The thing is that many people are totally capable of doing that work themselves. When it comes to requested remodels, surveys by the National Association of Home Builders say that 78 percent are for the bathroom and 69 percent are in the kitchen. Getting help is always an option, but since remodeling those rooms is such a common job there is a lot of information out there about how to do it yourself.
One thing that you need to know about putting in your own shower tile, is how much space you’re working with. Getting an accurate measure of the shower is incredibly important. That means the floor, walls, and anything you might be tiling. It’s also important to choose the right kind of tile, since besides the way that tile looks it has to stand up the elements. Tile actually comes in different PEI class ratings to show how strong they are, with one being appropriate for walls and zero foot traffic, to fives being able to take even the heaviest load on the floor.
You also have the option of choosing between glass tile and ceramic tile. A lot of people consider the glass tile colors particularly beautiful, and they’re also good for creating designs and mosaic patterns. Glass tile is relatively low maintenance once it is in, but it is a little harder to install than ceramic tile. Now ceramic tile, on the other hand, can be the perfect option when it comes to installing your own shower floor tile. It’s a pretty straightforward process and once it’s done it doesn’t it is likely to last a long time. Do keep in mind that using peel and stick tile is always an option.
The shower wall tile, for example, could be fine in a PEI rating level two, as well as for the shower floor tile, but for a tile bathroom countertop, you might want to go with a three to make sure it can withstand all the things you might set (or drop) on your bathroom counter. Cracked tile means you just have to go back in and replace it, so it’s best to avoid that from the start.
The nice thing about replacing or putting in your own shower tile is that you’ll be able to appreciate your own handiwork for years to come. When you do it yourself you know you are you getting exactly what you want, and you can move at the pace that works for you.