Tiling around shower tray

8 Apr 2008
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United Kingdom
Just about to embark on a complete new bathroom refit and am installing shower cubicle/enclosure. Can someone tell me the correct way to tile around this?

The bathroom is going to be completely gutted and tiled both floor and ceiling. Is it best to install the shower tray and tile around it or tile the area around the tray (floor and wall) initally and then place and fit the tray onto the new tiles.

I've heard differnt ideas to wall tile down to the tray and leave a 3mm gap to then silicone seal, does this sound correct?
Any suggestion appriciated

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If you tile the walls and then put the shower tray in , it will need to be perfectly square otherwise its not going to fit great.

I have a mira shower tray with tiling up stands, basically you notch out the wall, recess the tray in the wall, and tile on top of the tray, resting a tile spacer on the bottom of the tray, to allow for movement and then silicone it.

I can't see how my tray will ever leak, except water through the tiling. However tiling first, if you get a bit of crap silicone, could easily get a leak..

PTS stock mira trays
Tank the area where the shower will be down to the floor.

Position the tray where you would like it then mark on the wall the top of the tray.

Now check the tiling sticky regarding setting out.

Once you know where your tiles are going position a batten for the first row of full tiles above the tray and tile as normal.

Once tiled fit the tray in position and silicon any gaps between tray and wall.

Now you just have the tiles between the tray and row above to fit so less chance of mess/damage to your new tray

leave a 2/3mm gap between tiles and tray for siliconing.

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