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Old 09-20-2007, 06:37 AM   #1
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EasyMat vs. Ditra

I have searched the liberry and can't seem to find an article (maybe I'm missing something though) comparing EasyMat (as advertised in the header on this page) and Ditra (well-spoken of through-out this site). Are they totally different animals? Aren't they both suitable underlayments if the sub-floor is acceptable? Do they do different jobs? Both replace "wonder-board" or "hardi-backer" don't they? What is the difference between them? Why should I consider using one instead of the other? I'm asking because I'm tired of picking up "tons" of "wonder-board" and am looking for something less labor intensive. I hope this becomes an interesting discussion. Thanks.
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Old 09-20-2007, 07:41 AM   #2
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Read this thread over in the Pros hangout. It'll get you started.

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Old 09-20-2007, 08:06 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Caleb
comparing EasyMat (as advertised in the header on this page) and Ditra (well-spoken of through-out this site)
Keep in mind, Caleb, that those are paid advertisements at the top of the page. The product reviews you see in the forums, on the other hand, are the unbiased opinions of our visitors who have, presumably, actually used the products.

That said, the EasyMat is a relatively new product and only a few of our regulars have weighed in on it. Ditra is a product that a lot of our regulars have already had a lot of experience with, and many have been trained on it's use by the manufacturer, Schluter Systems. You gotta expect a little bias from that standpoint. Hopefully, Custom (maker of EasyMat) is paying attention to customer input and working on some of the perceived problems we've seen reported here.

Bottom line: Yes, I think the intent of both products is the same, uncoupling of the tile installation from the subfloor. The approach is quite different and the incidental benefits of each are different.

My opinion; worth price charged.

If you're in the trades, Caleb, put a little biographical info in your User Profile so folks get a better idea where you're coming from, eh?

I think I'll move this to the Hangout where we discuss technical matters in depth. All are welcome there, too.

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Old 09-20-2007, 08:48 AM   #4
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O.K. thanks for the answers. Basically it seems that either one can be used but Ditra seems to get the nod on account of being easier (actually possible) to lay down. I have no experience with either, just looking.
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Old 09-20-2007, 10:07 AM   #5
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I have used both
I make the choice of which to use usually on where the tile is being set.
If it is outside or on a floor that could get wet I use the Ditra.
Others we use Easy Mat. We have never used the EasyMat with the self stick. From experience with other self stick products being a PIA we have just stayed away from it. I'm sure if we were to maybe see it being done or some training might change our mind but I don't have any problem with putting down some thin set and setting it in that. Something we have experience doing. I have never had a problem with it not sticking or trying to curl back up etc. Don't spill a bucket of water on Easy Mat. It is really hard to get all of that water up without taking up the mat and starting over.
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:03 AM   #6
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I was interested in trying Easymat until I found that it cost almost double what Ditra does, not gonna happen until it's competitively priced.

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Old 09-22-2007, 11:06 AM   #7
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I used the stick-on type one time, even with the primer it didn't stick near as well as I thought it should. The job was a small bath floor over clean plywood. I was expecting it to stick like Protecto wrap does. PW is nearly impossible to pull up once it's down. The Easy Mat wanted to curl around the edges which was a pain to deal with. The floor hasn't failed but I would like to see it stick better.

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Old 09-26-2007, 01:55 PM   #8
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I have been using Easy Mat for about 4 months. I have never used Ditra. So far, I love it.
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