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Q. We are in the process of replacing a couple of pieces of drywall in our shower that have water damage. The drywall is covered with tile - we have removed the tiles from the damaged drywall, have cleaned them off and are planning on reapplying them to the replacement drywall pieces. We cut out the damaged portions of drywall starting at the edge of the bathtub and went up 3 rows of tiles until we felt dry, strong drywall, making the top cut on the area that is the bottom edge of the 4th row of tiles. Do you see any likely problem in the future with water leakage at the site of the top seam since this seam will be at the edge of the 4th row of tiles rather than being in the area that is the middle area of tile? If you think that will be satisfactory, what would be the best material to apply along that seam to prevent leakage? - or do you think it's necessary to remove the 4th row of tiles and have the top edge of the replacement drywall go to the middle of the 4th row of tiles/old drywall? What material would you suggest to fill-in any small gaps between drywall edges due to cutting inaccuracies? Also, have you ever heard of a drywall called "Aqua Tough tile backerboard" and is this ok to use in the shower rather than green board or cement board? Thanks for your time in answering my questions -
-P. Schroeder, Denver, CO
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A. Bathroom and Kitchen areas have special painting needs. The moisture and heat in these areas make them prime spots for mold and mildew to thrive. There are paints specially made for these locations that contain mildew inhibitor fighting qualities. Satin paint would be ok if it is a bathroom/kitchen style of paint but I recommend going with a semi-gloss. Bathroom quality is a bit more expensive than just regular paint but it will save you hundreds in the long run. If you would like to hire a professional help with the painting project please feel free to contact us directly at 888-326-0653 opt #1.
Q. If I need to replace a wall in my bathroom, what type of wallboard should I use?
-Cindy Barnard, Bloomington, Indiana
A. Hi Cindy, I recommend using green board for the walls in your bathroom. Remember to completely prime the green board before painting your newly designed bathroom!
Q. What is the best kind of paint to use in a small bathroom?
-Cindy Barnard, Bloomington, Indiana
A. This is a great question! You'll want to go with a semi-gloss latex paint, with a high-gloss latex paint on the trim -- especially around the windows, if there are windows in your bathroom. If the walls currently have any cracks, pits or other damage, I highly recommend applying a skim coat before painting.
Q. I need to replace my bathroom ceiling. What type of material should I use?
-Cindy Barnard, Bloomington, Indiana
A. Hi Cindy, There is an ongoing debate about which is best: dry wall or green board. While green board is moisture resistant, it’s also very heavy and can sag with time. I recommend looking into DensArmor, a brand of drywall that is mold resistant. Because you’ll be installing this ceiling in your bathroom, I’d like to also point out that you MUST adequately prepare the new ceiling surface before you paint it. Use a prime coat such as “Kilz” premium primer and give it adequate time to cure before you paint your new bathroom ceiling.
Q. I am looking into a closomatic toilet. What can you tell me about these?
-a.alan, cardiff, wales.uk
A. Clos-o-mat is actually a brand name for a type of toilet that combines a toilet, bidet and drying function. It is especially helpful for people with limited mobility. If you are considering adding a Clos-o-mat to an existing bathroom, be sure to ask about not only installation costs but also any ongoing (monthly) costs.
Q. What type of shower tiles are the most durable?
-Stacey Franken, Reno, NV
A. Glass tile is known for its durability and stunning appearance. Ceramic tile, too, is very durable. To extend the life of your shower tiles, be sure to clean them with the gentlest possible cleaner.
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