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  1. Raccus

    Raccus Active Member

    Tiling a soon to be gutted bathroom. Porcs on think plaster skimmed concrete block. (Weight limit only a tad over, tiles at about 18.5kg and add 2-5 for adhesive? so about about 22kg in total i guess).

    Now, the question please if I may: Im inclined to want to tile all floor and and all walls before butting bath up againt now tiled wall. Is there any advantage or best practice regarding this vs tiling down onto a bath (and leaving area agaisnt wall below bath edge non tiled)?
  2. pdc

    pdc Only a Handyman... Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    Only tile before if it's a freestanding bath. Otherwise, seal bath to wall, tile then silicone gap between tile and bath.
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  3. Andystiletiling

    Andystiletiling Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    If you wanted to leave the bath out untill most of the tilings complete fix a batton on the wall above the bath then cut down to it after its gone in... You need the tiles over the bath lip to get a proper seal
  4. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    Also this...the room will never be square..
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  5. Adey1980

    Adey1980 Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler

    No garuntee the walls will be square so you could potentially end up with a thick silicone joint
  6. acaciaguy

    acaciaguy Professional Tiler

    Bath in. Tile on top
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  7. Bond

    Bond Addict

    Had a customer recently, who suggested fitting bath after walls were tiled, when l pointed out a potentially large silicone joint or perhaps the need to fit a quadrant tile to cover gap, he soon changed his tune!!.
  8. whitebeam

    whitebeam Moderator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Had the same for bath that cost £1500 and tiles were 1mx.300, left the cuts until the bath was fitted which came from Sweden :confused:
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  9. Waluigi

    Waluigi Guest

    Bath edges are also rounded. If you butt the bath up, the silicone bead needs to be much bigger otherwise your silicone joint will collect water.

    Also pressed steel Baths have large radius corners compared to acrylic so the corner will have an even bigger silicone joint.
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  10. Jimny Cricket

    Jimny Cricket Active Member

    Just make sure you can get the bath in if it's tiled on 3 sides (2 ends and side), normally ok if you've got cut's to insert after!
  11. Raccus

    Raccus Active Member

    ok, thank you very much for replies and good points, ill tile down onto the bath :)
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  12. Raccus

    Raccus Active Member

    An additional thought, was going to tile under the bath, or rather the whole floor so its complete before installing bath, allowing for drainage and pipe work. Any reasons not to do this?
  13. Boggs

    Boggs Professional Tiler

    Apart from wasting a sqm if tiles, adhesive, grout and backer board that won’t be seen if the bath isn’t freestanding, not really.
  14. Raccus

    Raccus Active Member

    ok, the reason was to assist in waterproofing the floor better, so IF water got under it, it wouldnt go straight through to downstairs ceiling
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