Shower Niche's

lniaSeptember 25, 2012


We want to install a niche in our shower. 2 tile folks have indicated they prefer to build the niche versus us buying a pre-fabicated one for them to install. It would make more sense to us that the pre-fabicatedo ones would have better seals and look nicer but tradesmen have indicated that is not the case.

Would love to hear your thoughts.


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I agree with your tradesmen. I MUCH prefer to build my own. Then IU can make then any size I wish, and locate them how I wish, so as to make sure they fall into the coursing of the tile. I've got several Laticrete preformed niches that were given to me when their system first came out. Since that time, I've installed probably 2 dozen showers. I've still got the niches.

Nuff said.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 10:20PM
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DH built all three of ours (three different bathrooms) and was able to customize them, as Bill says. He even adjusted them after they were installed, prior to being tiled-in (so the tile would line up optimally).

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 11:15PM
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I agree with Bill and cat mom and would also add that most of the preformed niches I've seen are pretty small. I really, really liked being able to customize mine to the perfect sizes for my Costco bottles.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 11:19PM
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Thanks for the input. Wouldn't the prefabicated niche would be more waterproof and less likely to damage over time? I totally understand that we would have more flexibility to customize.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 5:58AM
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DH built the niches in-place, using 2x4's or whatever boards he used for framing them out. Then the cement board went in (Hardibacker). He then coated the tub and shower surrounds with Hydroban (3 coats) brush or roll-on waterproofing membrane, including the niches. When he had to "move" one (or two) of the niches, he re-coated the niches with more Hydroban.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 10:31AM
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