Tile to Wallboard Transition

nuckphotoSeptember 6, 2012

Our bathroom remodel will be a full gut and I will be tiling the shower walls. The shower base will be from onyxtop.com. I was wondering about the transition from tile to greenboard if we don't go all the way to the ceiling. With CBU + Redgard behind the tile, it seems measuring where the CBU stops and the greenboard starts would have to be pretty exact. And how do you transition from one to the other at the top of the tiles? Or on the sides and the shower base for that matter.

Thanks for any info on this.

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bill_vincent

stop durock just short of where the tile will end so the seam will be under the tile.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 8:52PM
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mongoct

'Zactly what the Master wrote. Hide the transition seam behind the top course of tile.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 1:36AM
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nuckphoto

Thank you. So I guess a little thinset and grout on the wallboard won't hurt it?

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 9:40AM
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bill_vincent

Not at all.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:15AM
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nuckphoto

Thanks again. That's what I wanted to know.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:31AM
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mongoct

"So I guess a little thinset and grout on the wallboard won't hurt it?"

Realize that people tile over drywall all the time. Non-wet bathroom walls, decorative backsplashes, etc.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 12:10PM
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nuckphoto

"Realize that people tile over drywall all the time. Non-wet bathroom walls, decorative backsplashes, etc."

But the tile in this case will be the shower walls.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 6:52PM
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mongoct

"But the tile in this case will be the shower walls."

When you wrote "So I guess a little thinset and grout on the wallboard won't hurt it?" I thought your concern was simply if the thinset and grout would "hurt" the wallboard. It won't.

Your transition from Durock to drywall should be above the typical splash line or higher in a shower...typically 72" off the floor or the height of the shower head, whichever is higher.

I personally prefer to tile to the ceiling. If not, I prefer to tile to a height above the height of the shower arm escutcheon so the escutcheon fully sits on tile.

Sorry for the confusion.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 8:54PM
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bill_vincent

But the tile in this case will be the shower walls.

Doesn't matter. So long as the drywall starts no lower than 72" off the floor, as Mongo stated.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2012 at 5:11PM
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alan_s_thefirst

Tile to the ceiling. Looks nicer, nicer to clean. Not that much more expensive while you're at it.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 2:55PM
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nuckphoto

Thanks, everyone.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 5:56PM
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