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August 12, 2017 18:06

The gap at the junction between the tub and tiles : the close up , tool , tips on choosing

The joint between tub and tile decorated plastic moldings
  • The repaired joint?
    • cement mortar grouting
    • mounting foam
    • silicone sealant
    • Flexible self-adhesive border
    • ceramic or ceramic border
    • plastic border
    • combined method
  • How to choose the right method?
  • technology and sequence of work
  • rack instead of the curb

Repair in the bathroom at times fraught with unpleasant consequences.For example, the emergence of gaps between tub and tile seam.

This problem may occur for one of the following reasons:

  • bath sizes not quite match the dimensions of the room;
  • corners of the bath is not straight and in relation to the walls are not at an angle of 90 degrees;
  • bath installed after wall cladding tiles;
  • installation bath fails, mistakes were made.
Joints and tile bath

Such unpleasant place bath interface and tiles are not just "cut eye".Bathroom - a room with constant humidity drops and the high concentration of water.Even in the narrow gap can enter the water, and then the floor will be constantly puddles.That is why the joint needs to be a high

sealing, because due to the large accumulation of moisture fungus can occur on the tile.

Some of the worst option - it is the corrosion of the metal bath or flooding neighbor, when suddenly the crack got plenty of water.

Hazardous unsealed joints

The repaired joint?

Previously, the problem of joints between tub and tile is simple: the gap is sealed with cement mortar, and then covered it with paint in the color of the tiles.

Now there are much more efficient and accurate ways.Let us dwell on the most popular.

Old sealing seam with a solution and paint

cement mortar

As mentioned above, the cement slurry is quite good to putty gaps between tub and tiles:

  1. Prior to application it is necessary to thoroughly wash and degrease the surface.
  2. To better solution lay, bath rim and wall tiles in the junction moistened with water education.
  3. If the gap is large enough, then before applying the solution it is necessary to establish, otherwise the whole structure would be on the floor.For Bookmarks it is suitable even thick rope made of synthetics.
Putty cracks with cement mortar

disadvantage of this method - not very noble appearance.Then it is necessary to think how to fix the picture and make the joint more aesthetic.In this situation, you can use paint or tile baths spread along the curb.

Decorating joint tiled border


Pretty good way, suitable for sealing narrow slits.It is best suited for this purpose white grout.If you are in the bathroom tile seams of a different color, then pick up the grout to match them, or at least the general color scheme of the interior space.

Plus, use the grout that the resulting compound is to endure the impact of moisture and retain their color.

to get the seam is not covered with rust or mud, it may be treated with Fuga-glitter.

Sealing grout seam

mounting foam

If the joints between the tiles and the bathroom are small in width (within 1-3 cm), is a good way out - foam.Since the bathroom - it is an area of ​​high humidity, it is necessary to choose a foam containing a water-resistant components.

Big disadvantage of this method is that it takes very carefully. not permissible ingress of foam on some other areas in addition to the slot, otherwise you then it just does not wash off.Usually along the slit glue masking tape and the bathroom floor veiled newspapers.

need to work in the special clothing or in the one that will not be sorry, as well as gloves and a mask.

Polyurethane foam
Filling seam
foam Cutting

Previously all surfaces need to be cleaned.After that, the foam can be applied.

Excessive zeal is useless, since the foam tends to increase in volume.

When after a day or two it is completely dry, the excess should be carefully cut and suture to close any decorative elements.Typically, a plastic corner.

Plastic on the corner of the mounting foam

silicone sealant

convenient method used to narrow gaps between tub and tile.Sealant sold in special tubes and applied to the surface with a mounting gun.In this situation, it fills the space between the bathroom and the joint tiles.

Depending on the composition means it either hardens upon exposure to moisture or exposed to air.Due to the high adhesion sealant securely even on glossy tiles. It is not toxic and is quite simple to use.

Application of silicone sealant

After his application need to align the layer, such as a spatula.To remain on the surface of silicon excess use masking tape.To dry sealant is different, so it's best to wait a day before to use the bath as directed.

Silicone sealant
sealant Polymerization
The result of the work

Flexible self-adhesive border

Self-adhesive border purchase in rolls, and equipment often includes a plastic spatula.

As part of the tape is already sealer, so this border has high moisture resistance, but it looks very aesthetically pleasing. Before stick border, the surface thoroughly cleaned and dried.

With tape removed the protective film, and then the adhesive side of the border is pressed against the seam.

to form an angle, use a plastic spatula.

Curbing tape

ceramic or ceramic border

With this method the joint between tub and tile floors can be repaired itself, including the curb.The result is a monolithic compound which is highly unlikely you will be pleased, if you are planning in the near future to change the bath.

ceramic skirting usually pretty good fit to the bathroom, adding to its interior.Modern manufacturers allow you to pick it up to match tiles or bath.Glued to the curb on the same principle as that of the plastic, but cut it already have Bulgarian.

After completing work on the junction is recommended to walk grout.

Finish tile seam
Ceramic border
Closing seam ceramic tile and border

plastic border

plastic border is convenient because it has a relatively low price, but it provides an aesthetic appearance.Fastened it on the glue, and the corners are set at the final stage.The complexity of the process only in the measurements. order not to stain the adhesive surface of the bath and tiles, stick a protective adhesive tape.

Plastic border

combined method

In general, in life, a combination of the individual methods listed above.If the gap between the tiles and the bathroom is quite wide, it is possible to seal the foam, then cover with sealant, and then paste the curb.If the gap is narrow, it is enough processing silicon and border stickers.Cleverly chosen combination of methods allows tight joint between the handle and the bathroom tiles and at the same aesthetically pleasing to beat him.

Combined method

How to choose the right method?

When choosing a method of embedding a joint or a combination thereof should take into account some of the nuances:

  • using mortar or foam may cause some problems, as the metal bath, for example, of steel at different temperatures varies slightly in size.Due to this new gaps are formed.But the bath of acrylic and cast iron, such methods are quite suitable;
  • adhesive border with all its good performance and low cost, has not too long life.On average, in a year it will have to change;
  • highest reliability has silicone sealant;
  • choice of method depends on the width of the slit.
Wide slot
The median slot
narrow the gap

technology and sequence of work

consider the most reliable method of embedding interface - processing of silicone sealant. Recall that it is suitable for rather narrow slits.

  • first place bath contiguity tile to wipe solvent to degrease the surface.
  • in a tube sealant doing a small hole.On top of the tube tip wear.
  • sealant placed in mounting a gun and begin to gradually squeeze it out of the tube in the joint between tub and tile.Silicone is easy to fill a space.Slit one layer is embedded so as silicone begins to solidify quickly.Applying a second layer becomes impossible.
  • Prepare a soap solution, which is then dipped in the brush (you can take any).
  • brush dipped in the solution, level the surface of silicone.

rack instead of the curb

possible to find a compromise between aesthetics and functionality.Suppose you have a large gap between the bathtub and the wall.Close up it - it's a lot of work and money spending.And then also have to think what his close decorative elements.

The frame for the shelf
Finishing with plasterboard shelves
Result - ready Regiment

get out of this situation, you can use shelves.It is more functional and aesthetic reasons may even surpass curb clearance.On the one hand, it will rely on a bath ledge, and on the other - on the profile frame.

But we must still not forget about these details in the regeneration of shelves:

  • Metal will not be the best choice for the material shelves, as it is prone to rust and corrosion, despite careful treatment of surfaces.It is better to select such materials that will have a high rigidity and moisture resistance.
  • shelves still need to coat at least for the purpose of waterproofing.This will prevent moisture from entering the gap between the shelf and the wall or bathroom.For facing the perfect tile that will stand steadfastly exposure to water.
Shelves at the junction of the bathroom and tiles