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Shower curb collecting water


I’m a homeowner. On my recently-completed bath renovation, we’ve found that the shower curb collects water and it takes a long time to dry even with ventilation. I’m trying to determine if this condition meets industry standards or if it would legitimately be considered a defect. Someone online recommended NTCA may be able to provide help.


The Wet Area Guidelines in the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook state that horizontal surfaces must be sloped to direct water to the drain. The slope recommended is no less than 1/4″ per foot.

In the picture you sent, it appears there is a metal end stop trimming out your curb. If that end stop edge is above the edge of the tile it can sometimes act as a dam on curbs that are sloped.

Many shower systems incorporate surface-applied waterproofing that lays right under the tile and can be easily damaged by removing tile. I would suggest tiling over the existing curb tile using a chair rail or some type of specialty trim to maintain the integrity of the waterproofing below the surface. Guidelines for tiling over the existing tile are found in the renovation section of the TCNA Handbook for Ceramic, Glass and Stone Tile Installation in section TR711. Scarification or primers are sometimes needed. Always make sure to use the correct adhesive for tiling over tile in a wet area.


Thank you very much for the prompt and helpful response! Much appreciate the advice to tile over rather than break tile and risk waterproofing damage.

You are right. There is a stainless-steel edge on the curb. It seems to be proud and acting as a dam.

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