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Old 12-07-2011, 07:25 PM   #1
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expanding toilet room to full bath in basement.

plumbing and waste not an issue. two sides of the room and floor are concrete. window is already there.
i would like to cover the shower and the concrete with something that is easier and cheaper than custom tile.
i do not want a pre-fab unit, but, the shower is planned to be an open type,no door,maybe curtain, walk in without barrior.

venting not an issue. with a concrete floor and two of the three walls of shower also concrete does anybody have an alternative to tile that is not as expensive.

i like tile but the area is about 150 sq.ft. in total plus floor. i haven't a clue as to costs of covering. does having concrete for walls and floor make a cost difference?
this is to be a functional bath, not a spa, just a take dirty clothes off and clean up room before entering the civilized part of the house. any advise is appreciated,


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No ideas---even concrete need to be water proofed---water will pass through it---

perhaps an epoxy coating--sorry--I'm a tile guy---

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Home construction has been an evolution of technology.....

There is a good reason ceramic tiles continue to be one of the better methods...next would be prefab fiberglass panels.....

What your asking for has not be invented yet....and if new, a lot more expensive than tile.....
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Do you have something like a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store near you? I have found some great deals there if patient. More than enough tile to do the project you suggest showed up once for next to nothing per tile and a fraction of what it cost in a high end tile store. It was nice, real, Italian tile that must have been misordered and overflow for a large project somewhere. I am not a tile guy but certainly have put it in most projects of mine. Or tile guys have.

You could try to seal concrete with an epoxy or even a silicone type product but you will be at it again when it cracks, and it will, as the concrete flexes.

I know why I don't like them but why not a liner of some sort?
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Iam with mike and the others tile is tried and tested....and not really that expensive you said its already concrete and block your ready for tile? yes
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cheaper than tile? how about real cheap tile?

you could do something like a garage floor paint or other epoxy paint, but it would look very cheap compared to tile, and that paint can be pricey too.
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Taint going to be all that cheap no matter what you use---that floor needs to be waterproofed before tile---along with at least a foot or two of the wall---

Hydroban by Latacrete is a very good product for that ---

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