Waterproofing the Shower Benches

When the contractor waterproofed our shower pans he was also supposed to waterproof the shower benches.

The difference in levels (most noticed on the right side of the photo) has been leveled out.
The waterproofed master shower.

He came back to apply a different kind of waterproofing to the shower benches.

I fairly sure the bench in the shower is supposed to be waterproofed.
Both the conservatory and master bathroom showers have built in benches.

First he applied a flexible waterproof caulk in a tube to all the corners of the benches.

Flexible caulk was applied to the corners before the RedGuard was rolled on.
Flexible caulk was applied to the corners before the RedGuard was rolled on in the conservatory shower.

Then he covered the entire area and up the wall above the Kerdi with a waterproof membrane called RedGard.

A small tub of RedGard covered both showers with plenty remaining.
A small tub of RedGard covered both showers with plenty remaining.

The RedGard paints on with a roller and/or brush.

Corner detail of shower bench.
Corner detail of shower bench.

It’s pink when wet and dries to a dark red.

Waterproofed shower pan and bench in the master bathroom.
Waterproofed shower pan and bench in the master bathroom.

The installer told us that these two flexible waterproofing materials make a very secure base for tile.

Do you have a secret weapon?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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