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Old 08-29-2006, 02:58 PM   #1
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hardie vs. durock vs. wonderboard

I'd like to know what the advantages/disadvantages are to using Hardie Board vs. Durock vs. Wonderboard, etc., I'm tiling my kitchen in an older (40's) home that has 1x12 subflooring under 3/8" oak hardwood floor. I was going to go over the hardwood with Hardie/Durock/Wonder and go over that with ceramic tile and am curious about the considerations for each of these products other than price (from someone other than the manufacturers themselves).
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Old 08-29-2006, 03:22 PM   #2
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They all have to be set over plywood or OSB, oh, and the hardwood has to go.
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Since I'm a weekender, I must ask to clarify: the hardwood must be pulled up and then plywood placed over the 1X12, with the cement board over the plywood? Why doesn't the hardwood serve the same purpose as the plywood?

Also, is there any benefit to Hardie vs. Durock vs. Wonder?
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Old 08-29-2006, 05:17 PM   #4
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Your oak flooring isn't stable enough to support a ceramic install. Planks move independently of each other. Plywood won't move around like planks will.
Neither Hardi, Durock or W.B will recommend or warranty going over an oak floor.
As far as which is better, it's kinda like GM v Ford v Chrysler.
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Old 08-29-2006, 05:28 PM   #5
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Solid wood planks expand and contract with changes in heat and humidity more that plywood which has the grain of each layer at right angles to the ones above and below. The movement created by that expansion and contraction is very bad news for tile.
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