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Contrary to popular thought, tile and grout are not waterproof, and some moisture will penetrate even if sealant is used.

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However, if you choose to use concrete backerboard, which is much stronger and more durable than gypsum board, a water vapor membrane must be placed underneath it or a sealant applied on top of it..

Answered by: valex Date created: Jun 26, 2022

Do I need to seal cement board before tiling?

Asked By: ufk Date created: Jun 13, 2022

Contrary to popular thought, tile and grout are not waterproof, and some moisture will penetrate even if sealant is used. ... However, if you choose to use concrete backerboard, which is much stronger and more durable than gypsum board, a water vapor membrane must be placed underneath it or a sealant applied on top of it.

Answered By: FlavorScape Date created: Jun 15, 2022

Do you need to waterproof cement board before tiling?

Asked By: JosephStyons Date created: Jun 11, 2022

So, if you're looking for durability and strength, concrete backer-board will probably be your choice. First, you should provide a waterproof/resistant membrane against the wood studs before installing the concrete backer-board to protect the wood studs from moisture absorbed through the backer-board.

Answered By: Mostafa Bouzari Date created: Jun 14, 2022

Do you need to tape cement board before tiling?

Asked By: Caner Date created: Jun 12, 2022

2 Answers. The thinset and mesh tape are to strengthen the seams. If you are going to tile over the cement board, you should tape the seams. If you just want to leave the corners untreated that will probably be fine, because that seam won't split the center of a tile.

Answered By: Michael Haren Date created: Jun 13, 2022

Do you have to waterproof cement board?

Asked By: Habib Date created: Jun 23, 2022

Most concrete backer-boards on the market today are not water-resistant, but all are waterproof. Since many people confuse the terms, it is a common misconception that this is the best material for use inside a shower or tub area.

Answered By: JBaczuk Date created: Jun 25, 2022

Do you need to prime cement board before tiling?

Asked By: Basil Bourque Date created: Jun 07, 2022

Do I need to prime HardieBacker® board before I tile onto it? No. HardieBacker tile backerboard is ready to tile once installed, just wipe down with a damp sponge to remove any dust prior to tiling.

Answered By: troelskn Date created: Jun 09, 2022

Is cement board needed for floor tile?

Asked By: Big Money Date created: Jun 12, 2022

In short, tile and grout are not inherently waterproof. Cement backer board is often used as a tile base on plywood or OSB subfloor. Cement backer board on concrete as a subfloor or underlayment is usually not recommended or needed. In most cases, you can apply tile directly to the concrete.1 Dec 2019

Answered By: Gord Thompson Date created: Jun 12, 2022

Should plaster go down to the floor?

Asked By: Šime Vidas Date created: Jun 10, 2022

Plastering down to the floor can cause damp issues. It does not need to be straight as along as it is below skirting board level. If though you are not fitting skirting boards the plasterer should have been made aware of this before he started.

Answered By: BKSpurgeon Date created: Jun 12, 2022

Should a concrete floor be sealed before tiling?

Asked By: Raghunandan Date created: Jun 22, 2022

Concrete sealant or paint prevents the adhesive from sticking properly. You will need to use an acid-based solution, like muriatic acid, to rough up the surface if the top of the concrete is still smooth. Let the surface of the concrete completely dry before installing tile.

Answered By: Jan Peša Date created: Jun 25, 2022

Are cement bags waterproof?

Asked By: malhal Date created: Jun 22, 2022

Cement is highly sensitive to moisture, and it hardens to forms clumps when exposed to water or dampness. ... The cement bags should be stored in a dry and enclosed structure, protected from rains and moisture and the stacked cement bags should be kept covered with waterproof sheets or tarpaulin.

Answered By: Aaron Date created: Jun 23, 2022

Can you tile directly onto plaster board?

Asked By: Pooja Mistry Date created: Jun 12, 2022

Yes, apply an acrylic based primer such as BAL Primer (undiluted) to the plasterboard with a brush or roller and leave to dry before applying any powered adhesives. All board joints and internal corners should be reinforced using a suitable alkaline joint tape before tiling.

Answered By: David Ferenczy Rogožan Date created: Jun 13, 2022

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Do you have to seal cement board before tiling?

Contrary to popular thought, tile and grout are not waterproof, and some moisture will penetrate even if sealant is used. ... However, if you choose to use concrete backerboard, which is much stronger and more durable than gypsum board, a water vapor membrane must be placed underneath it or a sealant applied on top of it.

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Do I need to waterproof cement board in shower?

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Do you need plastic behind cement board?

Their online instructions/diagrams show no use of a vapor barrier. You should, so that any moisture that gets behind the cement board runs into the tub or shower instead of into your wall cavity (causing rot or mold/mildew).

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Does cement board have to be waterproofed?

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Is backer board the same as cement board?

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Can you finish cement board like drywall?

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Can you use 1/4 inch cement board walls?

1/4" Durock cement board should not be used for wall or ceiling applications. For wall or ceiling applications, use 1/2" or 5/8" Durock cement board. If you have 3/8" sheetrock, use 1/2" cement board and feather out the joint to approx 10" to 12". It should be almost unnoticeable if done right.

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Can you use cement board for shower walls?

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Do I need to plaster bathroom before tiling?

Tiling on plaster is ok, as long as your not fitting large format tiles. Still prime the plaster (obviously when dry) with acrylic primer. NOT PVA. Why plaster though.....not really necessary.

Ali Faris

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Do I need to plaster before tiling?

If you sort the plasterboard out level/flat.........you don't need to plaster it at all....... tile directly onto the plasterboard, because if you are not experienced in plastering, you could end up in a worse state. Sort the plaster board, it's not that heavy.......then prime with acrylic primer.......then tile it.

gontard

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Do I need to prime cement board before tiling?

Do I need to prime HardieBacker® board before I tile onto it? No. HardieBacker tile backerboard is ready to tile once installed, just wipe down with a damp sponge to remove any dust prior to tiling.

Hank Gay

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Do I need to PVA plaster before tiling?

Short answer. No, never use PVA to prime a surface before applying tiles. The acetic acid produced when cement and PVA come into contact would render the adhesive and grout useless. Scroll down for a longer answer!

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Do you have to prime plaster before tiling?

If your wall has been plastered recently, make sure it has been left for at least 14 days before tiling on new plaster. If this isn't necessary, a coating of sealing primer directly on the plaster will ensure a decent base, just make sure you give it 24 hours to dry.

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Do you need to waterproof cement board?

Although most backerboards currently available won't fall apart when exposed to moisture and are somewhat water-resistant, they aren't waterproof. To prevent moisture from seeping through to the wood or metal studs beneath the tile, a barrier or sealant must be used on porous materials.

lrn

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What thickness cement board should I use?

Half-inch cement backer board is ideal for most tiling jobs, including walls, floors, countertops, and ceilings.

For flooring, the backer board should be installed over a 5/8-inch thick OSB or plywood base..

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What happens to cement board when it gets wet?

Durock and similar cement-based products are designed for uses where it may be exposed to water.

It's not waterproof but it will not disintegrate or lose its strength when wet.

You should allow it dry thoroughly, however, before using it..

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How do I attach concrete board to plywood?

Position each piece of backer board in the thin-set, press in place, and attach using special backer board screws on the spacing recommended by the backer board manufacturer.

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Is a vapor barrier necessary behind cement board?

Cement board is heavy enough and breathable enough to take the moisture without a problem. By having the vapor barrier behind the cement board you stop the moisture going further into the wall. ... You should NOT place a vapor barrier BEHIND the backer board.

Pshemo

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Should I put plastic behind cement board?

No plastic sheeting goes behind the cement board. A liquid waterproofing membrane, such as RedGard or Hydro Ban, is applied to the cement board and allowed to cure. Then, tile is installed over the membrane.

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Does cement board in shower need waterproofing?

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Should I PVA a concrete floor before tiling?

PVA isn't good, don't use it with any form of tiling... You should seal the floor with a suitable primer that is compatible with the adhesive you buy. i.e. buy Ardex primer for Ardex adhesive, BAL primer for BAL adhesives...

MicTech

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Should you put a vapor barrier behind cement board?

You still need a vapor barrier with cement board, although in this case the barrier can go behind the board. Cement board is heavy enough and breathable enough to take the moisture without a problem. By having the vapor barrier behind the cement board you stop the moisture going further into the wall.

Francesco Borzi

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Is Durock cement board waterproof?

Hence the question “Is cement board waterproof?” Well, here's what some manufacturers have to say about waterproofing: PermaBase (National Gypsum): PermaBase PLus is not a water barrier. ... Durock (USG): “If waterproofing is desired, use USG Durock™ Tile Membrane or USG Durock™ Brand Waterproofing Membrane.”

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Should you prime cement board before painting?

Using The Proper Materials and Paint- For fiber cement or HardiPlank siding, a very good latex primer should be used to prepare the surface for paint. After your surfaces are primed it is strongly encouraged to use acrylic exterior paint for your home.

Tomasz Mularczyk

Guest

What do you use to seal cement board when tiling?

The thin-set is a cement-based powder that you mix with water or latex additive to form a thick paste, which is used to seal the seams in the board and can also be used to set the tile. Finally, you'll need an 8 x 12-ft. piece of 4-mil plastic sheeting and some straight 2x4s.

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Do you need to PVA cement board before tiling?

DIY Doctor gets many emails saying that PVA should not be used on walls before they are tiled.

This is simply not true.

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PVA can be used to seal any type of porous surface,including plasterboard and if it is done properly it will give you a much much better job than working on unsealed walls..

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How much space should be between cement board and tub?

1/4"The backer board should overlap the tub flange so the tile has a stable backing to attach to. This requires shimming the backer board out from the studs so the wall is plumb. There should be a 1/4" gap between the tub ledge and the backer board.

Thor

Guest

Should I plaster before fitting bathroom?

When tiling a bathroom 'floor to ceiling' there is no point in plastering out the boards prior to tiling.In fact, it will reduce the amount of tile weight the plasterboard will hold, and it is advisable to leave fresh plaster to dry for 4 weeks before tiling, ensuring you a very long wait!

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Where do you put cement board in a bathroom?

Cement backer board is mainly used as a sub-surface for tiling. Cement backer board is often used as a tile base on plywood or OSB subfloor. Cement backer board on concrete as a subfloor or underlayment is usually not recommended or needed. In most cases, you can apply tile directly to the concrete.

BatyrCan

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Do I need to waterproof concrete floor before tiling?

Cement is actually a very porous material and can easily absorb water. Therefore, any concrete that may come into regular contact with water, such as under tile or for a pool, will need to be waterproofed. If cement is not waterproofed, it can cause issues with the mortar used between the tiles.

djechlin

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Is concrete board waterproof?

As a tile backing board, cement board has better long-term performance than paper-faced gypsum core products because it will not mildew or physically break down in the continued presence of moisture or leaks.

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Cement board is not waterproof.

It absorbs moisture as well, but it has excellent drying properties..

Linda Paiste

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Do you have to put cement board under tile?

In short, tile and grout are not inherently waterproof. ... Cement backer board is often used as a tile base on plywood or OSB subfloor. Cement backer board on concrete as a subfloor or underlayment is usually not recommended or needed. In most cases, you can apply tile directly to the concrete.

RiggsFolly

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Can cement board get wet before it's installed?

1 Answer. Durock and similar cement-based products are designed for uses where it may be exposed to water. It's not waterproof but it will not disintegrate or lose its strength when wet. You should allow it dry thoroughly, however, before using it.

jamesdlin

Guest

Do you have to tape cement board before tiling?

If you are going to tile over the cement board, you should tape the seams. This should not be that difficult. Pack in thinset, lay on the tape, and flat-knife to get it set in. ... If you just want to leave the corners untreated that will probably be fine, because that seam won't split the center of a tile.

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Does cement board need to be waterproofed?

Concrete backer-board, once commonly referred to in the field by the brand name Wonderboard(r), is a cement product designed as a sheathing material for walls and floors. ... Most concrete backer-boards on the market today are not water-resistant, but all are waterproof.

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How do you prepare cement board before tiling?

Tape the seams with mortar Cover the tape with a skim coat of thin-set mortar, squeezing it through the tape to fill voids and cracks.

Remove any excess material before it hardens.

When you're done covering the tape with thin-set, you're ready to tile.

You don't even have to let the thin-set dry..

DeyaEldeen

Guest

How do you seal plaster before tiling?

You could use a coat of thinned PVA to seal the plaster, or you could 'mist coat' the plaster with a thinned coat of emulsion which will seal it and will not affect adhesion of the tiles.

Woody Pride

Guest

How do you waterproof a concrete floor before tiling?

For that reason, it is best to use an elastomeric, crack-prevention membrane to both seal the floor and protect your tile installation from failure. These membranes prevent water from seeping up through the concrete and into the mortar as well allowing the thinset to cure and preventing future mold or mildew growth.

Seon

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Should I seal concrete floor before tiling?

You should seal the floor with a suitable primer that is compatible with the adhesive you buy. i.e. buy Ardex primer for Ardex adhesive, BAL primer for BAL adhesives... Effectively it stops the draw (the sponge effect of the dry concrete) and creates a better adhesive bond.

Tanner Dolby

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Should I seal plaster before tiling?

Yes, the plaster needs to be sealed as it is very porous and will suck the moisture out of the tile adhesive before it has time to 'grab' properly.27 Dec 2012

Kamlesh Paul

Guest

Should you plaster to the floor?

Plastering down to the floor can cause damp issues. It does not need to be straight as along as it is below skirting board level. If though you are not fitting skirting boards the plasterer should have been made aware of this before he started.

RomainValeri

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Should you wet cement board before tiling?

The concrete is unaffected by any water that manages to get behind the ceramic tile. But these concrete products are heavy, problematic to cut and can wick water, causing wood rot. ... If you use cement backer board, you have to install a separate moisture barrier between the board and any wood it's attached to.

Vijjendra

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How long should concrete be before edging?

Step 1 - Wait Until the Cement is Almost Dry Before you begin to edge the concrete slab, you should wait until it starts to dry and harden. When you start edging, the cement should be slightly firm but still pliable and able to be worked with the edger.

Sudipto

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What is the best cement backer board?

Foam boards are lightweight, easy to cut, and a completely waterproof. Pictured: Wedi Board tile backer board.Schluter approves Kerdi over drywall.Hardibacker is the best known fiber cement board.Cement board has improved over the years and is easier to work with.Dec 29, 2015

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What is the best cement board for shower walls?

Styrofoam backer board is extremely lightweight, and it's strong and waterproof. It's also easier to cut than other backer boards, and it's dust-free. It's ideal for wet areas like the shower walls or floor.

kshetline

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What do you attach cement board with?

In general, 1 1/2-inch galvanized nails will hold the board firmly in place. For flooring or wall installation, some builders choose to apply a thin layer of thinset mortar under the cement board to prevent any shifting or expansion. Even if you use this extra adhesive, you should still apply the nails or screws.