Stone and Tile PROS | Natural Stone, Tile, Concrete | A service of...
Your Stone and Tile Information & Resource Super Site

travertine tile bathroom

Q: I have a 2nd floor shower with moisture resistant sheetrock. I want to put 18" travertine tile on the walls above the pan. Using modified mortar, can these tiles be put on the wall with mortar blobs leaving an air space behind tile or do the tiles need to be buttered completely and stuck on walls leaving no air space between tile and sheetrock?

A: First, moisture resistant sheet rock is not the appropriate type of backing material. It will not hold up. I would suggest you tear out the sheet rock and replace it with a cement type backerboard such as Durorock or WonderBoard. The tile should be set in a full mortar bed. The spotting method is not the appropriate setting method.

Dr. Fred
Chief Technical Director

0 (0)
Article Rating (No Votes)
Rate this article
Attached Files
There are no attachments for this article.
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Security Code Security Code
Related Articles RSS Feed
Section of Newly Installed Stone Is Darker Than Surrounding Stone
Viewed 238 times since Fri, Mar 1, 2019
Travertine Filling and Installation
Viewed 2249 times since Wed, Sep 16, 2009
Have you ever heard of Doctored Travertine?
Viewed 2167 times since Mon, Dec 14, 2009
My travertine stone tile shower surround is too small for my new glass shower door.
Viewed 2951 times since Fri, Feb 19, 2010
Slate installation
Viewed 2292 times since Fri, Sep 25, 2009
How do we remove one travertine tile from the floor?
Viewed 3731 times since Fri, Aug 13, 2010
Should I polish and seal my new marble flooring?
Viewed 4247 times since Tue, Nov 17, 2009
Minimize Earthquake-Related Natural Stone Cracking
Viewed 2716 times since Sat, Sep 8, 2012
Membrane for cracked tile replacement?
Viewed 3143 times since Fri, Sep 25, 2009
Cracked granite countertop
Viewed 3129 times since Fri, May 21, 2010