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musiclvr56
Durock-nothing behind or in front of it
musiclvr56

I googled durock and after reading and learning am now worried because the contractor just affixed durock to the studs. This is what I read:"With no poly attached to the studs or Kerdi or Hydroban applied to the Durock surface, there is nothing to prevent the studs from rotting away eventually" I assume I am going to need to have the durock removed and apply something to the studs? What is the best product to apply?

Secondly, I have a shower curtain in front of the durock. Reputable tile contractors are busy for a few months out. Do I need to be concerned that water can seep through the board after a certain period of time? Also, is it not advisable to have a carpenter versus a tile contractor install the tiles? I read an article stating that tiles look better than a tub surround "if it is done right".

Thank you-I woke up early worried about possible damage without taking the right steps.

function
Re: Durock-nothing behind or in front of it
function

So you are showering in an unfinished area? Your concern over no waterproofing membrane is correct, the waterproofing goes between the current layer and the tiling(well the thinset) and probably is in the plan, but it does not hurt to ask.

dj1
Re: Durock-nothing behind or in front of it
dj1

On the walls I use 6 mm plastic barrier (very inexpensive) between the studs and the cement board. Just cut it to size and staple to the studs. At the bottom, lay it over your base by 1/2", so water will flow away from the wall and into the base/drain.

The cement board and the tiles (with or without sealant) are not waterproofed.

Go to johnbridgetileforum, you'll find a lot of useful info.

musiclvr56
Re: Durock-nothing behind or in front of it
musiclvr56

Everyone has different opinions of course. I was told that if it was not an exterior wall, I do not need anything behind the Durock attached to the studs. ??

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Durock-nothing behind or in front of it
HoustonRemodeler

You need waterproofing either behind (sheet plastic or tar paper) or in front of the ceement board. Pick one.

Ceement board is NOT waterproof.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Durock-nothing behind or in front of it
Mastercarpentry

What Houston says. Go to the John Bridge Tile forum and see for yourself, this is not simply a matter of opinion and anyone who says that it is ain't someone I'd want working on my home.

Phil

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