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Is Backer board and Cement Board the same thing?........?

I'm getting my bathroom shower tile installed and was told to get 4 sheets 1/2 thick backerboard with screws and I need to know if there is a difference between Cement Board and Backer Board?

Answer:

Same thing. Backer board is a general term. Backer board can be 1/4 thick. can be a wood substrate used for tile is certain circumstances ( not yours), it can be the Hardi board which is a cementrous type board. Basically a backer board any thing that goes under any tile . You should get the cement board for your application. And if your doing a shower and he/she didn t suggest it, a vapor barrier is also needed under the cement board.in the shower area. Any questions you e mail me through my avatar and check my qualifications there. GL
May 11, 2017
Cement board and backer board are the same things and for use in the shower I recommend and use 1/2 cement board. Cement board comes in 3'x5' sheets so make sure you have enough as blue board,another type of backer board comes 4'x8'. Good luck with your project.
May 11, 2017

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