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Can You Use Peel and Stick Tiles in a Shower? Will They Hold?

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Sticking tiles on the wall and removing them whenever you want seems super convenient. But is it a good idea? Well, apart from getting a new look at the snap of a finger, using peel and stick tiles in a shower is a good idea in most cases, especially if they are premium water-proof. Water-proof peel and stick tiles can withstand dampness, and since they are also cost-friendly, they will come in handy when dressing up specific areas of your bathroom.

This post will cover whether you can use peel and stick tiles in a shower (whether they can handle the moisture). If you are a DIY enthusiast, you will also learn how to install peel and stick tiles. In addition, you will learn their pros and cons, plus how long they last, so you can decide whether to introduce them to your bathroom. Let’s get started.

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Can You Use Peel and Stick Tiles in a Shower?

Typically, using peel and stick tiles in a shower is okay. But remember that these tiles’ mounting glue is not water-proof and will loosen over time due to the bathroom’s moisture accumulation. So, if you cover your shower floors with peel and stick tiles, they will quickly crumble. However, you can comfortably use them for your shower walls.

Before choosing peel and stick tiles, here are some factors to consider:

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Suitable Peel and Stick Tiles

Peel and stick tiles come in various styles, some of which are perfect for backsplashes, so you can always shop for peel and stick tiles explicitly made for bathrooms.

You should be cautious of products said to be ideal for showers if their specifications indicate they cannot tolerate high moisture levels. Ensure that you get a peel-and-stick tile that will be successful in the bathroom over the long run.

Peel and Stick PVC Tiles

Among the best materials you can choose for your peel and stick tiles are the ones made from PVC. You will love them because the front of the material is water-proof and is easily washable despite the backend adhesive side’s susceptibility to water.

Select a Finish Design

Peel and stick tiles are available in a wide range of finishes like:

  • Vinyl
  • Glazed and glossy
  • Metallic
  • Faux leather
  • Stone

To not affect the appearance of your finish, you should not add a sealant on your peel and stick tiles. Also, choosing a suitable finish design will enhance the appearance of your tiles, but not increase their water-proof ability.

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Installing Peel and Stick Tiles for Shower Walls

When installing peel and stick tiles for your shower walls, here is a step-by-step guide on achieving this:

1. Clean the Surface

You must put the tiles on a clean and dry surface free from dust and debris if you want the peel-and-stick tiles to last longer. Before you start cleaning the surface with water or a cleaning solution, ensure it is completely dry. With a dry surface, you can now bring in your tools.

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2. Gather Your Tools

Before you start mounting the tiles, some of the tools you will need are:

  • Sealant
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Marker and pen
  • New paint brush
  • Caulk gun with silicone caulking

3. Draw Your Dimensions

Measure the surface area of your new tile home to ascertain you have enough peel and stick tile for your work. Use the pen and marker to locate where you will mount your tiles.

4. Cut the Tiles

Here, you will need someone’s help in placing the tiles on your markings surface without ungluing them. Then cut the sticky tiles while trimming them at the corners to suit the shower walls. Using your marker, label the areas of the tile you need to make your cuts, then lower the tiles and make the cuts.

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5. Mount the Tiles

First, remove the tiles one at a time using the outlined areas by the marker as a guide. Begin from the top going downwards for every column. If your cuts were a little off, this is the chance to make some adjustments. Afterward, dab some silicone caulk over the borders, where the tile joins the surface.

6. Seal the Sticky Tiles

After installing the tiles and ensuring the caulking is dry, you can seal the peel and stick tiles. Apply the sealant using the new paintbrush. As you seal, ensure that you cover an entire section before moving on to the next column so that no surface is left untouched.

Wait till the sealant dries. Once done, your shower walls will be as good as new!

What are the Advantages of Using Peel and Stick Tiles in a Shower?

  • They are easily removable
  • They are simple to clean and maintain
  • They do not require professional installation
  • They are budget friendly in comparison to porcelain tiles
  • There are many colors, shapes, sizes, and designs to choose from
  • Installing them is easy, does not require special tools, and is not messy
  • They are water-proof and hence resistant to stains, mildews, and moisture
  • High-quality adhesive materials hold the tiles so that they do not loosen quickly

What are the Disadvantages of Using Peel and Stick Tiles in a Shower?

  • The glue loosens over time
  • They are not durable in the long run
  • They quickly fall if not properly installed
  • They do not fully resemble traditional tiles

How Long Do Peel and Stick Tiles Last?

Peel and stick tiles are fairly short-lived. They can usually last 3–7 years when using them in the shower. These sticky tiles can last up to 25 years for other areas of the house, though. However, they will not even last 5 years if you expose them to lots of water and traffic. In fact, they will likely peel off after only 6 months if you do not correctly install them or neglect to take care of them.

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If you are on a budget and want to refurbish your shower walls, installing peel and stick tiles is a fantastic idea. Apart from saving money, you will save time as well. Remember not to mount them on your shower floor, though, because they will likely not last very long. Also, consider the time you want them to serve you. As much as they are water-proof, regular exposure to your bathroom’s moisture is not good for them.

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