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Old 03-07-2011, 11:26 AM   #1
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I have a bathroom that I am finishing in my basement. It is probably 75 sf with 9 ft ceiling. I am building a custom shower in there and have a couple questions regarding drywall \ backerboard. The shower is going to be tile and I was wondering should I run the tile all the way up to the ceiling? In my master bath our shower is only tiled probably 6.5 feet and then drywall, should I do it like that? Should I use purple board for the non tiled walls and ceiling?

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Old 03-07-2011, 11:42 AM   #2
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Personal choice on the tile. I never use sheetrock that is water resistant. As long as you use your fan to rid the room of moisture and you have all your walls sealed with good primer, paint and caulk there is no need for the extra expense in paying for water resistant sheetrock. As long as the sheetrock isn't going to be inundated with water then regular rock is just fine. I am not saying to use sheetrock behind tile just in the rest of the bathroom.

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Old 03-07-2011, 12:20 PM   #3
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I agree wit Redman. It really is a matter of preference. The water should not reach the higher point of the shower so you would be okay either way, however, for the cost of the extra tile, I'd go all the way up. It ensures a solid, water tight surfave and looks classy. This may also add value should you ever decider to sell.
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I have seen people tile the ceiling above the shower too. Would this be worth it? I really don't see the point. Thoughts?

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I would have to disagree with the above posts.....for the little added expense of a few sheets of water/mold resistant board why risk it. The purple board I am to assume is National XP mold, a very good product and worth a couple bucks more. On the other hand behind the tile, a cement board would be great or for a few extra bucks use Denshield.
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drywall and kerdi membrane is my choice. \tile right to the ceiling.

I still don't understand why tile the ceiling....
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:04 PM   #7
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The use of any drywall product in any shower was outlawed by the Uniform Building Code about seven years ago. Doesn't matter if it is MR or not, it shouldn't be used.

The reason one would apply tile to a ceiling or an upper wall is because showers contain moisture. Not just where the water sprays. Showers contain moisture everywhere. Most paints are vapor transmissive as far as I know. In time the drywall could bloom and crumble from the moisture.
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The use of any drywall product in any shower was outlawed by the Uniform Building Code about seven years ago. Doesn't matter if it is MR or not, it shouldn't be used.

The reason one would apply tile to a ceiling or an upper wall is because showers contain moisture. Not just where the water sprays. Showers contain moisture everywhere. Most paints are vapor transmissive as far as I know. In time the drywall could bloom and crumble from the moisture.

Thanks for the info. I don't think I am going to tile the ceiling above the shower. I am hoping with the 9' ceiling and fan the moisture will dissipate accordingly. I really don't want to hang backerboard on my ceiling and soffit. I think I am going to tile up to the ceiling and use purple board for the ceiling and non shower walls.
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A little over building never hurts---By the way---tile can be set on drywall in any 'non-wet 'area.

Ceilings are fine to tile over drywall.
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Sorry but I don't know what you mean by tin can be set over drywall.
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Sorry but I don't know what you mean by tin can be set over drywall.
I think he met "tile" - it was probably a typo.
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That's funny. I was thinking to myself "good god, I really have no clue what I am doing!!!"

Mike I really appreciate all of your help! It's awesome Thank you.
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Mike says: "You're welcome glad to be able to help."

The rest of us are just here to increase our post-counts.

Zing. I should have been a little more specific. Mike has been helping me out in another thread I created about the pan and how to build it. Everybody has been a great help and I really appreciate it.

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