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Old 04-05-2018, 10:54 PM   #1
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Updated opinions -- USG Durock vs Kerdi?

Hi guys, I'm wondering if yall have any recent opinions on the USG vs. Kerdi systems. It seems now too that Redguard has jumped into the game with a similar system but I haven't found any reviews (and previous issues and hearing other stories about Redguard leaching doesn't inspire my confidence). I prefer mud pans too, but it's an older house, shower on 2nd floor, so I'd prefer to keep the weight (and time for install) as low as possible. Gracias!
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Old 04-05-2018, 11:48 PM   #2
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Don't discount Laticrete's Hydroban sheet membrane.
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Old 04-06-2018, 05:08 AM   #3
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My answer would be "both".

I've never stopped using the Kerdi drain, but have been using the Durock shower membrane for a while now.
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Old 04-06-2018, 09:35 AM   #4
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I much prefer the kerdi drain over the durock drain. But i like the durock membrane better

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Hi Samantha,

All the products you've mentioned are fine when used as directed. You've mentioned different systems using different products. Chose one and go with it.
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Old 04-08-2018, 04:59 PM   #6
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Thank you all so much! I'm going to give the Durock system a try this go-around.
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Old 05-26-2018, 07:15 AM   #7
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USG Durock Shower System

The USG waterproof foam tile backer seems to have a distribution problem in certain parts of the country.
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Old 05-26-2018, 10:44 AM   #8
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I think it's all parts, Steve. They never seemed to get their act together on that product at all.

And if USG gets bought out by Knauf of Germany, as currently anticipated, I would expect thing to get worse in that arena.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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I had a very hard time finding kerdi board in southern california. Even the local tile stores that sold it had to do so on a special order, and it was only the smaller sizes. If I could do it over again I'd use their membrane since the kerdi board was extremely expensive.
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I was looking forward to using the entire USG Durock Shower system including the foam backer board. I like the fact that you can use modified thin set. The system seems to get good reviews on various forums.

Unfortunately none of the Pro distributors or big box stores stock the foam backer board and I was told I would have to buy a whole pallet.

Plan B is to use the standard Durock backer with their membrane. The foam shower trays and membrane are all special order.

My third option would be to float a mud floor and just use their drain and membrane.
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I was looking forward to using the entire USG Durock Shower system including the foam backer board. I like the fact that you can use modified thin set. The system seems to get good reviews on various forums.



Unfortunately none of the Pro distributors or big box stores stock the foam backer board and I was told I would have to buy a whole pallet.



Plan B is to use the standard Durock backer with their membrane. The foam shower trays and membrane are all special order.



My third option would be to float a mud floor and just use their drain and membrane.


I ended up getting in touch with a couple USG reps in my area to get their shower system and foam backer boards. He had one of the larger distributors work with me directly. I think the company he put me in touch with typically sticks to dealing with contractors. So far, it’s been easy to install and I’ll do the waterproofing of seams soon.


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Old 05-27-2018, 09:57 AM   #12
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That's good to know. Hopefully I can find a distributor willing to special order the 17 foam panels I need for two showers. The stickler seems to be from USG insisting on shipping only full pallets to the distributor.
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Does USG want their membrane to be over their CBU or is it also installed over drywall?

I'm also planning to use the USG system, with custom size foam pan from them, so am very interested in the opinions of folk here that have used their products.
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USG recommends Durock as a substrate for the Durock Shower Membrane, Dan.

I would personally not hesitate to use it over drywall, but it is not code approved for such use.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Thanks CX. I was rather hoping to avoid using CBU for 7 feet then transitioning to drywall for the last foot to the ceiling. But so it shall be.
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