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sukhenkoi 02-17-2011 12:38 PM

Hardibacker board vs Cement Durock board

Last year I remodeled my son's bathroom and used cement durock boards for walls and floors for tiling. This year I am planning to remodel my bathroom. I am going to put new walls with tiles around tub and shower and new tiled floor. I went to HomeDepot and salesman recommended me to use hardibacker boards instead of durock cement boards because it is easy to cut them. However, I am not sure about Hardibacker boards reliability in wet areas.
Any opinion or suggestion please?

Thank you.

Jim F 02-17-2011 08:32 PM

My opinion is to stick with what you know and be very wary of advice you get from HD employees. Durrock will be fine for what you are doing.

epson 02-17-2011 08:50 PM

Durock's been around for awhile now and it is cement, it is more substantial and very good in wet areas and if you use a carbide tipped circular saw blade you will get nice clean straight cuts. Itís also heavier than the hardibacker because itís made out of cement it takes screws very easily using the required screws. So my vote would be DurockÖ

Mr. Michael 02-25-2011 08:32 AM

I am in the process of retiling my shower. I went with Hardibacker, I've heard the Durock can crumble/chip under it's own weight. However, "easy to cut" does not apply to HB. Scoring/snapping is a 8itch, I've heard Durock is much easier for this. I just liked the appearance of the HB more, seemed easier to work with, handle. But from what I understand, either will be fine.

epson 02-25-2011 09:28 AM

Yes either will work. Just remember to keep the fasteners between 3/8" and 3/4" from sheet edges and 2" in from sheet corners and set fastener heads flush with the surface without overdriving.

Just Bill 02-26-2011 06:23 AM

Both are excellent products. I have had a half sheet of hardibacker under my 57 Chevy for years(outside) to catch oil drips, just as strong as new. I have used both for years. I tend to lean to hardibacker, not as crumbly at the edges.

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