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Old October 14, 2010, 10:07 AM   #1
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Fiberock AquaTough or Cement board


Looking for opinions on Fiberock vs. Cement board, to be installed in a shower/tub surround. The Fiberock is supposed to be easier to work with
but will it or does it work as well as cement board.
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Old October 14, 2010, 11:12 AM   #2
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Looking for opinions on Fiberock vs. Cement board, to be installed in a shower/tub surround. The Fiberock is supposed to be easier to work with
but will it or does it work as well as cement board.
Thanks
I like the Fiberock my self, more water resistant than cement board and easier to work with, easier than Durock also or Hardi.

I waterproof both with liquid water proofer though and leave a gap at the tub so it doesn't wick water.

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Old October 14, 2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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Kerdiboard is the ticket.

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Old October 14, 2010, 12:56 PM   #4
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Kerdiboard is the ticket.
$$$$$$$$$$.....

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Old October 14, 2010, 01:23 PM   #5
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$$$$$$$$$$.....
Ease of installation and time saved. We must all put a value on our time.

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Old October 14, 2010, 01:58 PM   #6
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Ease of installation and time saved. We must all put a value on our time.

Totally agree with Barry.


Availability might be an issue though.

And why use fiberock if you are going to use a surface membrane anyhow?
Might as well just put up sheetrock.

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Old October 14, 2010, 04:21 PM   #7
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another for Kerdi board

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Old October 14, 2010, 04:47 PM   #8
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I'm using EZ board on some showers I'm working on now. Very lightweight, cuts all the way thru with one pass of a razor knife. Ten bucks per 3x5 sheet.

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Old October 14, 2010, 04:54 PM   #9
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I have a good size steam shower job coming up and this would be a good project to try it out on.

Steam showers are a beast to seal up and water proof so I can see this making life a little easier.

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Old October 14, 2010, 04:58 PM   #10
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I'm using EZ board on some showers I'm working on now. Very lightweight, cuts all the way thru with one pass of a razor knife. Ten bucks per 3x5 sheet.
I have had some bonding issues with EZ Board, had to really key in the thinset to get it to bond. Did allot of blocking on the framing to keep the boards from flexing to much, Probably didn't have to but it made me feel better knowing I did.

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Old October 14, 2010, 05:20 PM   #11
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I set my first tiles on it today. A tile setter buddy stopped by saw the EZ board, and said,"You put the writing to the outside?" That wouldn't be your bonding issue would it?

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I set my first tiles on it today. A tile setter buddy stopped by saw the EZ board, and said,"You put the writing to the outside?" That wouldn't be your bonding issue would it?
Tryed both sides, same thing.

So far I have had no troubles with the EZ Board jobs we did but I stopped using it when I heard that other installers where having issues and went back to Wedi and Fiberock products.

Sure like the price of EZ Board though, It was really great when Home Depot had it, was easy to get.

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Old October 14, 2010, 05:39 PM   #13
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Lott's of buzz about Kerdi Board on the INTERNET, Lott's of great ideas about how to use it and how it compares to Wedi products, not everybody likes it but it sounds like a good product so far.

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Kerdi board, fast easy Niches and benches. But my price will remain the same.

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Old October 14, 2010, 08:50 PM   #15
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I used 1/4" Fiberock on floors for a while, but I wasn't a big fan of it. I guess it's about as good as Hardibacker.

If speed is a factor in installation, Kerdiboard might be what you're looking for. But with the high price and low availability, it's not for me, at least not now.

I use either Permabase or Durock with a liquid membrane, or sheetrock with Kerdi.

I'm going to try a "hybrid" shower next week using Kerdi on the floor and 2" up the walls, then Laticrete 9235 with fabric up the sheetrock walls. I'm not a big fan of liquid membranes for a shower, but I've got a big bucket of 9235 that's going to go to waste if I don't use it soon. I'm also interested to see how much it will reduce the corner buildup problem that Kerdi causes.

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