Jun 08 , 2020
Featherweight Tile Backer
Dean Sorem, our tile guru, had this to say about lightweight tile backers: “They’re a dream. An average shower requires two to three hundred pounds of cement board, and six to eight trips from the truck to the shower — on the second floor, if you’re lucky! My 80-year-old grandmother could carry 120 square feet of half-inch in one trip, assuming I held the doors for her. Installation is even easier. One steady pass with a sharp utility knife and the board is cut clean through. Fasten it with the same screws used for other backers. Another advantage: no cement dust.”
These new super-light backer boards have a hard foam core and water-resistant coating and can be used anywhere you would use other tile backer boards. Custom Building Products’ EasyBoard and Schluter’s Kerdi-Board are two common brands.