Why choose a professional?
Here are a few high notes associated with hiring a professional.
You can do your own reaserch on industry standards a www.tile-assn.com and find a qualified installer.
Shelf vs. Niche Does it really matter?
Why should you have a recessed niche instead of a shelf?
3 Reasons to use a Niche
#1 Customizable Sizing
You can make the niche almost any size and shape. Fitting even the largest shampoo bottle or incorporating a shelf for a bar of soap allows the niche to fit your needs. A large niche along the back wall of the shower gives all users plenty of space for all their bath accessories and adds a unique design to your shower.
#2 Easy of installation. Incorporating a niche in the stud cavity during wall construction allows for proper waterproofing of the niche. This is quick and easy with a prefab. niche. They come in sizes that fit between your standard stud spacing not blocking or bracing or extra 2×4 construction needed. You can pick a size that works for you or do multiple niches in more than one wall.
#3 Tile materials are easily customizable to your niche and your tile design in the shower. Mosaics used in the back of the niche, edged with a bullnose tile or trim piece can complete the walls tiles smooth transition through the niche along the wall.
VS. Glass or Marble shelf
Reasons to use a glass or marble shelf
#1 Glass can add elegance and class to your shower. You can customize the size depending on where you are using the glass shelf. Most often they are installed in the corners of the shower walls. Making them small and sometimes not very universal in what they will hold.
#2. Soft stone can be cut and polished to your needed size. If you are using marble in your shower you can match to your shower and they become almost invisible. Marble will need to be sealed before installation and at least once a year. You can often find remnants for free or cheap rather than purchasing new materials.
In conclusion we use preformed niches most of the time in our shower construction. It allows for fast, inexpensive installation and construction of a niche. Your tile design is uninterrupted and they do not crowd a small shower space. You don’t have to worry about maintenance or extra cleaning.
DIY shows and the “do it yourself” stores make it look and sound easy.
If you wouldn’t try to do plumbing or electrical work in your home then maybe you shouldn’t do tile, either. Roofing is a skilled trade. Plumbing, electrical, framing, they all have training programs, certifications, etc. Well, so does the tile industry. But, everyone thinks they can do it themselves.
Being a tile setter is a learned trade and at Legacy Bath and Tile we have spent 11 years learning, training and working at perfecting our trade. Knowledge is the key!
Here are 3 Keys to picking the best quality contractor or tile installer if you don’t have the knowledge or training to do it yourself (and do it right).
1. Ask to see references and or certifications. Previous customers can say a lot about someone. Check out their google reviews or reviews on their Facebook page. Ask about their tile certifications. If they can’t tell you right off, consider that maybe they don’t have a certification.
If you have questions, ASK. They should be very open about techniques and products used and what types of warranties they offer.
2. Know the products. It’s your money and your home. You need to know what you are getting. You should know the products your contractor plans to use for your project. You can always do your own research on products they mention or on products that should be used.
3. Understand the warranties/guaranties. Do your own research; industry recommended products may vary by project type. Appropriate products for your situation and what warranties are offered with those products are things to be aware of and understand.
So, while DIY projects may be within the scope of your knowledge base, if you have never had experience or training in tile setting, these tips will help you hire a contractor who you can trust to have the experience, honesty, and integrity to get the job done right.