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Old 06-08-2014, 11:57 AM   #1
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Moisture Resistant Drywall Code Question


A contractor is installing a new kitchen in our home, and the local building code references ASTM C 1396. My question is whether anyone knows whether this ASTM requires moisture resistant or moisture/mold resistant drywall behind a new backsplash. It seems based on a simple search around that a kitchen backsplash is a "limited exposure to moisture" area and therefore moisture resistant drywall is the way to go. Thanks in advance.

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FYI we're planning subway ceramic tile backsplash if that matters.

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I would say you won't have a water issue if your going to put tile on it.
I no my county code just calls for green board around direct water like tubs in showers
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Just ask your local building dept. to be sure.
Different codes in different locations.
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Joe is correct check local as many locales are different. All I have dealt with the backsplash is not considered a "wet" area. The best solution would probably be Dura rock if just for piece of mind. Remember moisture can get through grout, but on a backsplash it's unlikely.
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Around here backsplashes are generally just put over the regular drywall. As stated above, it's not an area that gets a lot of direct water. Check local code though.

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