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Old 02-18-2005, 07:43 PM   #1
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Durock vs. Hardiboard

Is there any difference between the Durock or Hardiboard cement backer boards?

I was told to use the Durock type by a friend but I need 1/4" thick because 1/2" will be too high. Durock only comes in 1/2", correct?

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Comes in both sizes. Comes down to preference. I prefer Hardi.
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Old 02-18-2005, 08:05 PM   #4
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Ceramic tile floor. I have a 3/4" subfloor, I am going to put 1/2" plywood on top with the cement board on top of that.
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I'm probably more of a novice than anybody here but from what I've read, 1/4" Hardibacker is stronger (compressive and flex rates) than Durock in any thickness and it's also stronger than 1/2" Hardibacker believe it or not.

I called and talked to one of the reps at James Hardie and he confirmed this. I guess the 1/2" was the same density as the 1/4" but it was too heavy so they reforumulated it to be less dense but thicker. The thickness isn't for strength, it's so that it can butt up against 1/2" drywall.

Can't speak for Durock since I didn't do any research on it.
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Hey Wessie,

Durock comes in a 5/16" thickness, too. That is a hair over the 1/4" thickness of Hardibacker.

I think Durock is almost all concrete sandwiched between 2 sheets of mesh. Hardi has some kind of fiber mixed in it(I think they call it "post consumer material").

I have used both, but the last few times I have tiled I went with Durock.

I am sure either one would be fine.
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