The shower is the assembly that faces the most water management details in home construction. The penetration power of shower water is far greater than natural rain when soaps, oils, gels, and other surfactants are present. Water-management details, including sheet-applied membranes, are therefore crucial in a shower.
In the last twenty years, sheet-applied waterproofing membranes have become more popular, with several manufacturers on the market.
A waterproofing system can be cobbled together using a combination of brands, but I recommend going the complete-kit route for the full benefit of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Make sure you read and follow the instructions included with the kit, as well as the warranty. Many of these companies provide great warranties, and some are even better if you use one of their certified installers.
In order to properly install a sheet-applied waterproofing membrane, the following things must be considered:
If the shower cannot be used before installing the tile or solid surface finish without leaking, it is not ready for tile installation or solid surface finishing. The shower can be used with tiles and water tight waterproof membranes. Although it might not be attractive, it would be functional.
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