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Old 08-29-2009, 06:47 AM   #1
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Hydro Ban vs RedGard

Hello all, first time poster. Very nice site you have here.

My question is....which of these two products should I use for my shower? I did not put a vapor barrier behind the Durock, so I know I need to apply something.

Pros or cons to either product?

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Old 08-29-2009, 07:16 AM   #2
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Hi Blair, welcome! Either one is fine. Flip a coin.
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:26 AM   #3
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Thanks...I flipped and it was heads....RedGard it is. About 1/2 the price of HydroBan from what I can find.

Next Question...

I am also tiling the bathroom floor...should I put RedGard on that too???
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You can, many people do, and many people don't.

The instructions recommend it, so why not? Insurance and peace of mind. Can't go wrong.
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What is the tiling substrate on the floor? RedGard oughta be fine - just curious...
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Hi Blair

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I am also tiling the bathroom floor...should I put RedGard on that too???
If your intent is to waterproof the bath floor (outside the shower) you would have to cove the waterproofing up the walls and seal any penetrations in the floor also. Thats gonna be a problem at the door opening that leads to an adjacent room which is why it isn't a good fit for a true waterproofing application. It is better protection for the substrate than not but that amount of casual water is easily handled by the tile install. A little redguard where the bath floor meets the curb isn't a bad idea.

I didn't here any mention of your shower pan. Do you have a proper pan constructed, preslope/liner/curb protection? A well constructed shower floor is essential for a well functioning shower.
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Blair,

They can both do the job, but I've made the switch over to HyrdoBan completely.

While RedGard is only $42/gallon, HyrdoBan has more coverage, better workability while spreading, and sticks much more tenaciously when dry. HydroBan is $10 more per gallon (at a local tile supplier), but I only need a single gallon (instead of purchasing a second gallon of RedGard) for a typical 50 sq/ft of coverage in a tub surround. So Hydroban is higher quality and less money.



And what Matt said about the waterproofing the floor.
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What is the tiling substrate on the floor?
1/2" Durock, on a 3/4" Plywood subfloor. There is/was no intent of trying to waterproof the floor. More along the lines of fracture/crack protection of the Durock substrate.

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I didn't here any mention of your shower pan.
It's a prefab Marbelite double threshold shower pan. 32" x 48"

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HydroBan is $10 more per gallon (at a local tile supplier),
Wow....my "local tile supplier" wanted $117.00 per gallon for Hydro Ban vs the $42.00 for RedGard from Home Depot. . Not sure what's up with that....that's why I was leaning towards the RedGard....Maybe I will have to shop around some.

You know I'm gonna have more questions...LOL Going to mesh tape/thin set the seams this weekend. Get the the layout figured out, maybe post some pics. My wife decided she wanted the floor tiles installed at 90 degrees so there will be some cutting involved for sure. It's not a real big bathroom, but it is my first tiling project. Should be interesting for sure.

Thanks for all the replies.
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You sure that wasn't for two gallons?
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