Tip: Glue-up shower stalls and kits should only be installed over moisture-resistant drywall or another similar solid surface like cement board. They’re not recommended for use over existing tile, plywood or wallpaper.

What do you put behind a tub surround?

Install cement board or an equivalent moisture-resistant backing material on walls behind tub and shower enclosures composed of tile or panel assemblies with caulked joints. Don’t use paper-faced backer board, i.e., paper-faced drywall, behind seamed tub and shower enclosures.

Do you need cement board behind tub surround?

ANSWER. ANSWER – No there should not be a gap between the top of the bathtub flange and the backer board on the wall. There should be a moisture barrier behind the backer board that is installed in a weather lapping manner starting at the tub flange working up the wall.

Can you glue tub surround to cement board?

LePage PL 700 Tub Surround is easy to use, since it is repositionable for up to 10 minutes. Use LePage PL 700 Tub Surround Adhesive to bond most plastic and fibreglass tub surrounds to waterproof drywall, cement board, wood, Barker Board/Tile, and ceramic tile.

What kind of board do you put behind a shower?

cement board

In showers, the standard substrate is tile backer, also called cement board or cement backer board.

Should I put drywall behind tub surround?

The short answer to the question is, “It’s not recommended.” However, this answer only really only suffices if you’re converting a room that was never a bathroom into a wet space. Drywall on its own is not suitable for use in bathrooms because it is prone to absorbing moisture and thus losing structural integrity.

What is the best backer board for a shower?

Cement board is a good, reliable backer board that works well on both floors and walls. Keep in mind that most tile setters err on the side of caution and brush a waterproofing membrane on top of cement board when it is in wet areas like showers or tub surrounds.

Should you use green board or cement board in a shower?

Cement backer board such as Durock is best used for tile in highly wet applications such as shower stalls, with greenboard and other water-resistant drywall panels kept only to high-humidity areas. Greenboard’s paper facing alone does not inhibit mold growth. The facing must be treated with mold-resisting agents.

Should I use green board or cement board?

For bathroom applications, green board can be used on ceilings and walls where there is no direct water application, such as behind sinks and on bare walls. Only cement board can withstand the wear and tear of a shower or tub enclosure.

Does cement board go behind tub?

The best approach when installing cement board or other tile backer around a tub is to keep the cement board out of the lip area. Apply it to the wall with the bottom edge about 1/4 in. above the lip of the tub. Then apply a generous amount of thin-set to the bottom bathtub tile and position it 1/8 in.

What is the best material to use behind shower walls?

We recommend acrylic as the best shower wall material. Acrylic is the best system to use for shower walls because it is the safest, least high maintenance, and easy to install, meaning your shower could be done in as little as one day.

What type of drywall goes behind a shower?

Green. Green drywall is a type of drywall that’s mold resistant and is used in applications where moisture can be an issue—so most commonly, bathrooms. To maximize the mold resistance, use mold-resistant drywall mud, aka joint compound. Green drywall generally costs about 20% more than regular drywall.

Can I use green board for shower walls?

Green board can be used for showers, but it must have a waterproof membrane installed on top of it to make it waterproof. It’s best to use waterproof board for shower walls instead of drywall. Use green board for ceilings and non-shower walls in your bathroom.

Do I need cement board for shower walls?

Shower walls must be backed with a waterproof backing board. Drywall is not an acceptable backer board. Even moisture-resistant drywall (green or blue varieties) will not hold up in showers. Use a true cement backer board, or try a shower backer board kit like this one.

Can you glue tub surround to drywall?

Adhesive surround kits can be installed over just about any flat wall surface in good condition, including tile or drywall. But because the panels are glued, the walls need to be clean so that the adhesive will make good contact. Walls that are damaged will also need to be patched first.

Does sheetrock go behind shower pan?

Whether you choose to install tile or the panel walls, drywall always goes on top of the shower pan, after the pan is set into the floor.

Does backer board go behind shower pan?

The wallboard must be installed 1/8 inch above the shower pan. If the shower pan is not in place, the wallboard height must be guessed, which can lead to inaccuracies and an expansion gap that is too large or too small.

Do you have to put green board in a bathroom?

Green boards are often required by local building codes to be used as a backing for tiles and wall panels in areas that are exposed to moisture; this includes bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. However, they are not allowed for use in parts of the home that have excess humidity, like near indoor pools.

Can I use backer board instead of drywall?

Its stability allows you to adhere tile using a thinset mortar, making it relatively easy to create a tile surface that’s level and consistent. Backer board also stands up to moisture, so it’s a better choice than drywall for damp areas like bathrooms and laundry rooms.

What thickness backer board should I use?

For flooring, the backer board should be installed over a 5/8-inch thick OSB or plywood base. For countertops, use 3/4-inch plywood beneath the backer board. And for walls and ceilings, apply 1/2-inch or 5/8-inch backer board screwed directly to the wall studs or joists.

What is better cement board or backer board?

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Quote from Youtube video: Available at Lowe's home improvement Hardiebacker. Cement board installs better than any other board out there. No other cement board cuts cleaner with less mess. And better seam lines its solid