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Regardless of what type of tile you install over your garage, none of the installations will be waterproof unless you waterproof under the tile first.

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It is possible to embed 12×12 inch ceramic tiles into a freshly poured concrete slab, but there are a lot factors to consider. It is recommended to let the concrete cure for 28 days before adhering the tile to it.

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You might have more than just a lack of maintenance problem. If you have mold on the tiles, then the tiles are being subjected to excess moisture.

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You might have a cementitious grout haze over the tile or a latex residual haze from the grout or thin-set adhesive. There are products for removing those types of conditions.

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It is always wise to control dust for both health reasons and for cleanliness reasons. Installers typically use a wet/dry vacuum to collect the dust as they cut through concrete or mortar.

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First of all if it was installed correctly you wouldn’t have a problem. To fully figure it out I would have to perform a forensic intrusive inspection, which probably isn’t practical for a small shower.

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For an ADA shower you can’t have a curb/dam. You need a minimum slope to drain of ¼” per foot and no more than ½” per foot. You need a two part drain with weeps for the primary waterproof membrane to clamp to.

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Large rectangular tiles tend to have warpage at their corners and at the center of the tile, so when two adjacent tiles are off-set from each other then you can get compounding warpage.

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