Which Backer Board Do You Recommend For Tub Surround Which Will Be Tiled?December 2nd 2008
Q: My husband and son are going to be doing a bathroom renovation. Unfortunately, the caulking wore away in our bathtub over the years and water has been leaking behind the shower tiles. We will be ripping off old gyproc and replacing it with a new backer board. Hopefully, there won't be too much water damage. My husband is hoping that he doesn't have to rip out the old bathtub. When we re-tile, do we need a special gyproc that is resistant to water?
A: Use a cement-based backer such as Green E-Board or cement type board. Do not use an aqua drywall. I suggest Green E-Board because it is lighter and easier to cut for the do-it-yourselfer than any of the cement-type boards. It's also an environmental alternative and upgrade to replace gypsum drywall and cement backer board that is moisture-resistant. These panels are available through Windsor Plywood Stores and more information is available though www.jonapanels.com.