Laticrete Hydro Ban Shower Wall Niche

Liquid Waterproofing Membrane

  • The Hydro Ban Preformed Niche is a component of the expanded Laticrete Hydro Ban line of waterproofing products that allow for high quality rapid shower installations.
  • Constructed of lightweight high-density expanded polystyrene with a waterproof finish and is ready to tile.
  • Lightweight and durable. Easy to transport, handle and adjust during installation.

Shower Niche Sizes

  • 1212-S: 12" X 12" Square Niche
  • 1212-WC: 12" X 12" & 12" X 6" Wide Combo Niche
  • 0812-NC: 8" X 12" & 8" X 6" Narrow Combo Niche
  • 1220-M: 12" X 20" Mega Niche
  • 0808-S: 8" X 8" Soap Niche


  • With a 1/2" thick flange, these niches will flush with any standard 1/2" backer board for easy installation and tiling.
  • Lightweight and durable. Easy to transport, handle and adjust during installation.
  • Factory installed, code approved waterproofing meets ANSI A118.10 requirements.
  • Ready to tile!
  • Multiple design options and sizes available adding utility and value to the shower installation.
  • Component of Laticrete Lifetime Warranty Single source responsibility.
  • Works in conjunction with Laticrete tile and stone installation materials.
  • Please note that niche shelves are NOT pre-sloped.

Question & Answers

I've installed my Laticrete Hydro Ban Wall niche in my backerboard. It's sealed in place and ready to tile. Can I use the same thin set mortar I am using on the backerboard or should I use a mastic to adhere the tiles to the niche?

Use the same thinset as the rest of the shower. It is best not to use mastic in a shower. With the heat and steam of the shower the mastic never fully sets.

How do I waterproof a large shower floor that's 8 X 12 foot?

You can use many methods to waterproof a shower floor such as Chloraloy rubber membrane one of the newer popular methods is using a roll on waterproofing membrane such as Laticrete Hydroban

Does this have a built in angle so that shower water won't collect in the niche?

Thank you for contacting Contractors Direct. 
Laticrete has confirmed that these niches do not come with presloped shelves. You or the installer will need to manually slope the tile according to ANSI guidelines.

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Niche quality

I have been using this product for many years. The quality and ease of installation is terrific. Makes the job go so quickly Vs. building one out of cement board. I can not count the number of niche's I have installed using Laticrete and never have had a problem. People at Contractor Direct have always been very fair and I have always been pleased with their advice.

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Does exactly what it is supposed to do

I will admit when I took it out of the box we chuckled as it is a piece of foam with waterproofing painted on. It did exactly what it was supposed to do much easier and quicker than building in your shampoo niche. Fits nicely in between the studs and easy to make it flush with surrounding board. Fits a few shampoo bottles and the smaller shelf fits razors and soap bars. I will definitely use again.

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It is what I thought it would be

This is a great idea. It fit between the studs perfectly and easy to handle and work with. Laying the tile was very easy and looks great. I Put 3 of these in a remodeled shower and they save space. I always used those wire things that took up space and always needed to be replaced when they rusted. I now reorder 6 at a time so I always have them readily available.

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Excellent Product

I have used the laticrete narrow niche product in several applications, most recently in a master bathroom remodel where we wanted the shower niche to be clean and discreet. We ended up stacking two of the narrow niches vertically above the side wall of the shower bench and they look fantastic-almost like a pillar and provide just the right amount of storage for a two person space.

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