How Long Does It Take to Tile a Shower
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How Long Does It Take to Tile a Shower

How long does it take to tile a shower? One of the most common questions homeowners and potential homeowners have but are not always easy to answer. In this blog article, we will share our experience with tiling a shower to give you an idea of how long it takes.

The process of tiling a shower

Tiling a shower can be daunting, but the process is relatively simple with the proper tools and instructions. Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Decide on the layout of your shower before starting tiling. This will help you to avoid any surprises while working.

2. Plan the placement of your tiles before you start tiling. Make sure that all of your tiles will fit within the space you have chosen and that the spacing between them is consistent throughout the shower.

3. Begin by applying a sealant to the tiles around the perimeter of the shower area. This will help keep water from seeping under the tiles and causing them to rot.

4. Start by laying down a tile layer, using a trowel to ensure even coverage. Once this layer is in place, carefully set another layer over it, pressing firmly into the edges of the previous tile layer so that it is flush with the floor surface.

5. Continue layering until you reach the top of your shower area. Be sure to leave an opening at least 3 inches wide at the top for drainage purposes.

6. Finally, smooth out the grout with a grout float.

How long does it take for the process to complete?

It takes around two hours to tile a shower. The process begins by removing the old tiles and grout with a plunger. Next, the contractor will cut the tiles to fit the area and then adhesively seal them together with a special adhesive.

How much does it cost to tile a bathroom?

Tile is a popular and durable flooring option for bathrooms. It typically takes about two hours to tile a standard-sized shower, and the cost of materials can range from around $50 to $300 per square foot.

Who can do the job?

Tiling a shower can be daunting, but it can be done by just about anyone with some basic tile installation skills. In general, the job takes about two hours to complete. Here are the steps you’ll need to take:

1) Measure the area you’ll be tiling. Take into account the size of the tiles, the spacing between them, and any curves in the flooring. Calculate how many tiles you’ll need and make a list.

2) Remove any old tiles from the shower area. Use a jackhammer if necessary to break up the surface. Make sure to wear protective gear, including goggles, earplugs, and a respirator if needed. Remove all loose debris with a vacuum cleaner before starting your tile installation.

3) Lay out your new tiles according to your list. Make sure the edges of each tile line up perfectly with those adjacent to it. Use a trowel, mortar, and pestle to pack the new tile firmly. Use a rubber mallet if necessary to make sure it’s tight. Let the tile dry overnight before moving on to step 4.

4 ) Install the grout according to the manufacturer’s directions. Add more grout as necessary to fill any gaps. Let the tiles sit overnight before moving on to step 5.

5) Cut tile and grout so that the edges of each piece match up with those adjacent to it, regardless of where they are placed in the shower. Use a grinder or masonry saw to make smooth cuts along each edge of the tile and grout.

6) Install the new tiles using your measured layout as a guide. You can use a rubber mallet or cold chisel if necessary to ensure every tile is tight against its neighbor. Make sure you’re working over a dry dining room floor for this step, as water will ruin any newly installed tile.


Tiling a shower can be daunting, but it shouldn’t be too difficult to get the job done with the right tools and supplies. Be sure to read through the instructions carefully before starting, so you don’t run into any snags along the way. Have fun tiling your new shower!

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Francisco Bowman

Francisco Bowman

Francisco is a Home and Garden expert with over 10 years of experience in the industry. He is passionate about helping homeowners choose the right Home and Garden for their needs and budget. Read his article for tips, tricks, and advice on everything Home and Garden-related.

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