We're purchasing a condo with 2.75 baths. Both the shower and the bathtub surrounds are tiled directly onto drywall, it seems. The inspector said there wasn't cement board. I'm unsure how he could tell that, but I'm just a DIYer. Is there a way I could check?
The shower's tile grout is chipping away and in some spots is completely gone in 1-inch segments. We could just regrout them, but there's a chance that there is water damage to the drywall if it is indeed tiled directly to the drywall. There's also a pre-fab pan that might need repair or replacement. The shower is 3-feet X 4-feet.
In my couple of days of research, it seems these are our options:
- If drywall is fine, put Kerdi Membrane onto drywall, re-tile walls and replace pan.
- If drywall is fine, put Kerdi Membrane onto drywall, re-tile walls, tile pan.
- Rip out drywall, put up cement board, re-tile walls and pan.
- Rip out drywall, put up cement board, re-tile, put in pre-fab pan.
- Rip out drywall, put up cement board, install complete pre-fab surround and pan.
- Rip out drywall, put up cement board, install Hydro-Blok, tile walls and pan.
Here's what we're looking to achieve:
- Ease of installation (I really like Kerdi's and Hydro-Blok's systems for that).
- Long-lasting (biggest reason I think avoiding pre-fab is favorable).
- Stain resistant.
Am I missing anything? Overthinking or under thinking?