Your bathroom is the only one in the house that sees dirty, mucky feet and sweaty, grimy bodies. It’s the place you cleanse and scrub, so shouldn’t it look great?
How often have you thought about changing up the look of your bathroom? Putting in new tiles and a new shower floor is a great idea that’s economical and easy to do yourself.
We will teach you everything you need to know about how to install a teak shower floor. Read on.
Gather the Necessary Tools and Materials
Start by measuring the floor of the shower so you know what size teak floor pieces you will need. Once you have the measurements, purchase the appropriate amount of teak flooring with pre-drilled holes. You will also need the following:
- non-slip tape
- wood glue
- silicone caulk
Make sure you have a drill, a saw, sandpaper, and a measuring tape on hand. With these tools and materials, you will have everything you need to install the new teak floor.
Prepping the Shower Floor
The floor must be scrubbed and cleaned to ensure the best results. Any debris should be removed and any existing floor should be troweled and leveled. The surface should be checked for any imperfections or unevenness that could potentially weaken the teak floor during the installation process.
Construct the Subfloor and Plumbing
First, the drain should be installed into the floor or the studs. Next, the subfloor should be constructed using 3/4″ plywood sheets, which should be securely nailed, screwed, or glued to the studs on the floor.
A waterproof membrane should then be laid over the plywood. This should be followed by the installation of the shower pan liner, which should be carefully cut to fit over the membrane and drain and should be folded up the walls of the shower stall. Finally, the shower valve and plumbing should be connected.
Installing the First Teak Panel
It’s important to make sure the panel is properly lined up and that the sides are of equal length. Next, apply a generous amount of adhesive to the back of the panel. Carefully fit it into place.
Wait until the glue has completely set before moving on to the next step. Finally, secure the panel to the bathroom floor by driving nails or screws around the edges of the board. Repeat this process for all other panels to complete your teak shower floor.
Finishing Touches: Sealing and Caulking
Seal and caulk around the edges of the floor like you would do grout staining and sealing when installing tiles. Use a high-quality silicone sealant. Start in one corner of the floor with a clean caulking gun and apply a bead of the sealant along the joint between the board and wall.
Extend the bead over the edges of the board and wall for a complete seal. Continue around the perimeter of the shower floor with the caulking gun until the entire perimeter is complete. Once the sealant has been applied, allow the area to dry overnight before using your new wooden floor.
Start Your New Teak Shower Floor Project Today
Installing a teak shower floor can be a relatively simple or complex project depending on the type of installation chosen. Hopefully, this guide has walked you through some of the basics and showed you how to enjoy the durability and beauty of teak in your shower.
So don’t wait. Head to your local home improvement store and get started on your new shower flooring today!
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