View Full Version : Silicone bead around pre-fab shower
11-14-2009, 06:40 PM
Installed a Sterling Ensemble Curve shower stall recently and then put greenboard around it. Following manufacturer's suggestions, I left a 1/8" gap between the greenboard and the shower edge to be filled in with silicone.
Hired a guy to do the finish work on the drywall and came home to find he'd filled in the gap with mud. I told him about Sterling's directions regarding filling the gap with silicone and he said he always muds right up to the shower edge and then runs a bead of silicone at the edge with no problems.
So, I can either just put a smooth bead of silicone on the joint like he says, or I can scrape out the mud and fill it in with silicone as recommended. I figure the latter is the best option, but just wanted to see if others follow this guy's method and have had any issues. Thanks.
11-14-2009, 10:20 PM
The plastic in the shower walls will expand and contract at different rates than the drywall, so it will crack - silicon will stretch some to prevent that from happening. The shower door or curtain should keep moisture away from that edge, but you may not like the crack that eventually is highly likely to show up. If the expansion is more than expected, having a rigid joint might put more stress on the panels. I doubt they'd generate stress cracks, but I suppose they could. It's always best to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
02-05-2014, 06:58 AM
Water wicks up. Water wicks left. Water wicks Down. Water wicks right.
Drywall is horrible product to use in any bathroom shower build. What this poster could have done is used a cement backer board and then used Kerdi Band to seal the bottom of the cement board to the lip of the shower base. Then installed his panels and siliconed the gap between the panel and the shower base. The Kerdi Band a buffer and water proofing layer.
Kerdi wicks water a good 1-3" so a 5" band offers up safety from water wicking.
Cement board offers up no food source to mild - unlike drywall.
02-06-2014, 10:01 PM
Your install is a common one and may last for many trouble free years depending on the rest of the install & how it's maintained. We've installed Sterling shower units and have have good success with installs such as yours. Since it's done, I say leave it and see how it goes. If you were to try and cut back the mud & tape to create a gap for a sealant, your odds of damaging the shower surround would be high. :)
02-07-2014, 06:58 AM
I think the shower above also filled the gap with drywall compound....
....Since it's done, I say leave it and see how it goes. ...
That's your advice. OMG
It's ****ing drywall compound not Epoxy Grout. The crap will come out like butter.
Rip out the drywall compound - bitch slap the drywalled and do the job right.
Dana I thought you managers from the John Bridge forum took an Oath to always follow manufactures guidelines. How is telling a guy to leave a piss poor build in place following the rules. And because your a hack and do your installs like this poor guy has does not mean it's OK to do. Again. red Guard and not pre made shower pans. I thought you where the great Kerdi Installer. Have you ever even seen Kerdi other than online?