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Shower stall ceiling..paint it or tile it?..

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Shower stall ceiling..paint it or tile it?..

almost finish the renovation of the bathroom.Question should I tile the ceiling of the shower stall or paint it.If I tile it might have a issue with matching the wall grout lines...
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paint

I've never seen a tiled shower ceiling
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If you paint, make sure you use a bathroom water-resistant / meldew proof paint.
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I've seen quite a few tiled ceilings and it looks nice, but that's my opinion. Two friends just had it tiled also. They say it's much easier to clean and don't worry about the paint peeling on the ceiling.
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It really depends on how enclosed it is. If it's a typical glass corner enclosure there is plenty of airflow so I would tile the walls and paint the ceiling.
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Mendes wrote:
Jun 2nd, 2010 8:28 am
Tile, i wouldnt cheap out in a washroom. Not that its a BIG deal, but its a washroom, never skimp. It cant be more then 12 1sq ft tiles.
Its not a question of being cheap, but which looks is "better" and whether its normal to have a tiled ceiling. I'm debating this decision as well for when I gut my 2 baths. These are standard tubs+shower though, not a stand alone shower stall.
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Tiled shower ceilings are fairly common. They are easy to clean and don't peel like paint does.

Also, you don't have to match the tiles on the wall.
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To me if you have proper ventilation then it is all personal preference.
If you have poor/no ventilation then tile is the way to go.
Usually there's a reason a company is "cheap". Value and cheap are different. Value means best product/service for the dollar spent. Cheap is just that. Cheap.
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janaka wrote:
Jun 2nd, 2010 10:43 pm
To me if you have proper ventilation then it is all personal preference.
If you have poor/no ventilation then tile is the way to go.
I echo this. We played around with it both ways. Found that even with quite light colored tile it felt more spacious and roomy with the shower ceiling painted the same color as the bathroom ceiling, rather than tile. Since have good ventilation, made choice on aesthetics alone.

If you do have proper ventilation and don't get mildew, I think the cleaning issue is a red herring. Just wipe it from time to time! How often do you clean the ceilings elsewhere in the house?
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houska wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2010 7:09 am
I echo this. We played around with it both ways. Found that even with quite light colored tile it felt more spacious and roomy with the shower ceiling painted the same color as the bathroom ceiling, rather than tile. Since have good ventilation, made choice on aesthetics alone.

If you do have proper ventilation and don't get mildew, I think the cleaning issue is a red herring. Just wipe it from time to time! How often do you clean the ceilings elsewhere in the house?
I recently finished my mom's basement and added a bathroom. We went to the Home Depot and got one of the HIGHEST CFM rated bathroom fans to make sure that there wouldn't be any issues with the moisture. When the fan is on you can feel adraft being pulled from around the shut door ;) You cannot make the mirror in the bathroom fog up no matter how hot/long of a shower you take. We painted the ceiling as we knew moisture wouldn't be a problem. As above make sure you use a Kitchen/Bath grade paint as its designed to be in that area. Right product for the job.
Usually there's a reason a company is "cheap". Value and cheap are different. Value means best product/service for the dollar spent. Cheap is just that. Cheap.
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I would use tile, or if you are feeling creative, some people use mortar (or some form of cement based stuff) to create a trowelled finish on the ceiling. Depending on the colour of your tile that may look unique, and eliminate the grout line issue.
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We used a sheet of Formica laminate. Install the Formica before tiling, leave a small gap at the top of the tile and fill that with mildew resistant caulking.
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Use tile. You won't regret it. Cleaning, mold will never be a problem.
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will888 wrote:
Jun 17th, 2010 9:42 pm
Use tile. You won't regret it. Cleaning, mold will never be a problem.
proper ventilation will prevent mold from ever being a problem.
Usually there's a reason a company is "cheap". Value and cheap are different. Value means best product/service for the dollar spent. Cheap is just that. Cheap.
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