Which comes first: tiles or drywall?

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I am doing another gut to studs and it strikes me that I still don't know which comes first: tiling or drywall. The subcontractors I am using say it does not matter. But from what I have in other places is that some part of the tiles are place half on drywall half on hardieboard. Those that you see at the edge of the shower surround. What is your opinion on this? 

Account Closed  I always let the drywall be completed first.  To messy of a job to worry about finished tile.  I have the backboard (I prefer cement) installed at the same time as the drywall.

I agree with Mike. I would definitely do drywall first and then tile. The drywall phase can get messy (especially if is me doing it) and it would be best not to do that above tile.  Leave 1/2" gap above the floor when you hang the drywall and you will be good. 

Originally posted by @Mike Wood :

@Sophie Maisel  I always let the drywall be completed first.  To messy of a job to worry about finished tile.  I have the backboard (I prefer cement) installed at the same time as the drywall.

 that's exactly what I was thinking. Do you install bathtub before that?

Account Closed Yes, as Gabe stated, all rough in and the tub are installed first. I try and protect the tub as best I can, using the original cardboard packaging as a make shift cover for the tub.  As I mentioned, the drywall guys are quite messy, and drywall mud always gets everywhere on my builds. For me personally, I typically prime the space and most time even paint the ceiling and walls before tile.  I just find it easier to paint before everything is finished, but understand that most wait.  I do use a paint sprayer for the most part, as we are painting an entire house (as most of my project a full new construction).

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