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Because cement board can be used either for floors or walls, the surface below the cement board will vary: Flooring: For ceramic tile floors, the cement board usually rests on a plywood subfloor (minimum 5/8-inch-thick exterior-grade plywood or OSB).

Answered by: carlosfigueira Date created: Jun 22, 2022

Do I need to seal cement board before tiling?

Asked By: TheMaster Date created: Jun 11, 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: Diego Torres Milano Date created: Jun 14, 2022

Do I need a vapor barrier behind cement board in shower?

Asked By: James111 Date created: Jun 17, 2022

Moisture barriers stop that water or vapor from getting any farther and potentially rotting your studs, the drywall or greenboard installed behind the enclosure. They are required beneath your shower pan and behind your shower walls.

Answered By: Andrey Turkovsky Date created: Jun 18, 2022

Do you need to waterproof cement board before tiling?

Asked By: Oluwafemi Sule 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: rc0r Date created: Jun 14, 2022

Do you need to prime cement board before tiling?

Asked By: bryan60 Date created: Jun 21, 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: Edward Brey Date created: Jun 23, 2022

Is cement board needed for floor tile?

Asked By: chrisg Date created: Jun 10, 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: choroba Date created: Jun 13, 2022

Can you use 1/4 inch cement board on floors?

Asked By: Cesar Canassa Date created: Jun 09, 2022

Floors. Both 1/4- and1/2-inch cement board are appropriate for floors. To install cement board on floors, cement board manufacturers mandate a 5/8-inch plywood subfloor or OSB underlayment. They also require a 3/4-inch subfloor where tile size exceeds 12 inches.

Answered By: knittl Date created: Jun 11, 2022

Do you have to use thinset under cement board?

Asked By: radtek Date created: Jun 19, 2022

No Thinset underneath the backer board “The thinset goes ON TOP of the cement board to stick the tiles!” ... Cement board is a different product and it needs to be installed in its own way. Additionally, screws don't take the place of thinset either.

Answered By: Joey Baruch Date created: Jun 20, 2022

Do you need to waterproof cement board in a shower?

Asked By: Allan Date created: Jun 10, 2022

Cement board is not waterproof. Hardibacker is not waterproof. Tile and grout are not waterproof. Cement board will not fall apart when exposed to water.

Answered By: Greg Date created: Jun 13, 2022

How long should cement board screws be?

Asked By: Explosion Pills Date created: Jun 21, 2022

Cement board attached to plywood or similar underlayment will hold with only 1 1/4-inch screws; for thick or heavy metal fixtures, use 1 5/8-inch screws. In general, 1 1/2-inch galvanized nails will hold the board firmly in place.

Answered By: Alain O'Dea Date created: Jun 23, 2022

Can I put plywood over concrete floor?

Asked By: Jacob Date created: Jun 08, 2022

Plywood-on-slab. Place a 6-mil polyethylene vapor retarder directly over the concrete. Lay 3/4-inch plywood sheets opposite to the direction of the finish flooring, leaving a 1/4-inch gap between panels to eliminate squeaking. Fasten the plywood to the concrete using powder-actuated fasteners or concrete nails.

Answered By: alucic Date created: Jun 11, 2022

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Do I need to prime cement board before tiling?

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Do you have to replace cement board under tile?

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Should I put Thinset under cement board?

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