HardieBacker 1/4 in. cement board for floors and countertops is AmericaÂ´s best selling 1/4 in. backer board. Produced with James HardieÂ´s proprietary cement formulation, this no-mesh board is the lightest cement board available and cuts easily, even in tight, awkward spaces. HardieBacker cement board is available in a 3 ft. x 5 ft. and 4 ft. x 8 ft. size; the 3 ft. x 5 ft. sheet features the exclusive EZ GridÂ® recessed fastener pattern to make installation even easier. HardieBacker cement board provides superior protection against moisture damage and mold growth and is backed by a limited lifetime product warranty.
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95%of customersrecommend this product18 of 19reviews
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Ease of installation
95%of customersrecommend this product18 of 19reviews
I needed to do a 425 square foot tiling job. The subfloor was 2 layers of 3/4" plywood (for a total of 1-1/2" thickness), which was nailed/screwed to floor joists. This subfloor was still strong, but it was old, dirty, wavy, and a bit rotten at the surface. I replaced the most rotten sections of subfloor to be safe, but could not afford to replace the whole subfloor. I also could not afford to clean the subfloor via sanding. So, these HardieBacker boards saved the day! These boards are secured to the subfloor with both thin-set AND corrosion resistant screws. The thin-set helped to level the wavy areas, and the screws ensured a secure attachment to the subfloor in the dirty locations. Here are the exact materials I used: 1) This hardiebacker board Model # 220022. 2) Thin-set mortar Model # CBTSG50 (to bond the hardiebacker board to the subfloor). 3) Corrosion resistant cement board screws Model # 23410. 4) Thin-set mortar Model # MTSG50 (to fill the gaps between the hardiebacker board and to bond the tiles to the hardiebacker board). 5) 2" cement board tape Model # FDW8246-U (this tape is pressed into the wet thin-set mortar when filling the gaps between the hardiebacker board). IMPORTANT NOTES: 1 bag of thin-set mortar provides JUST enough material to lay 4 hardiebacker panels. 150 screws are JUST enough to secure 3 hardiebacker panels. The official HardieBacker website has awesome videos to guide your installation. Good luck!
Pros: Easy to Install, Effective
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Here are the 1st 3 panels installed. Make sure to stagger them to avoid 4 corners meeting at the same time as you lay the remaining panels (as indicated on the HardieBacker website).
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Review 2 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
It's a great product, and my company uses it regularly. A couple tips for the uninitiated: Be sure to mortar it down with thinset. That's what gives hardibacker its resistance to deflection. Don't screw too close to the edges as it's brittle. Leave a 1/16" gap between panels, and stagger the layout to keep from having 4 corners come together anywhere. Seam tape and thinset all of the seams where water is going to be an issue, otherwise it's not necessary. We use an autofeed screwgun with coated 1 1/2" screws, but hardiscrews will do fine. Good Luck!
Pros: Sturdy, Effective
Cons: Difficult to Install
2out of2found this review helpful.
Review 3 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
As a tile setter I use this product just about daily, and it is by far the best cement board to work with. It's lighter and much easier to cut than Durock and similar products, not to mention much easier to see your cut and layout lines on.
34out of36found this review helpful.
Review 6 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
Not sure why Hardy board is cheaper than regular backer board because its much better quality. It cuts easier, has a smoother surface along with an imprinted grid finish that helps tile to adhere. This is definitely the right choice.
26out of28found this review helpful.
Review 8 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
I found HardieBacker™ concrete board to be very consistent in size and quality. The new versions even have an embosed one inch grid on one side to make alignment easier. Of course, they have marks or indents where the fastening screws should be placed. Once layed with a thinset cement to glue it to your old surface, one has a nice even and level (or vertical in the case of 1/2 inch backer board on walls) surface to lay your tile. I use it for all tiling on walls, floors and counter tops.
23out of37found this review helpful.
Review 13 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
I layed this down over my sub floor in my bathroom to lay tile down. It was easy to cut with a razor blade and easy to install. I used hardiebacker screws and thin set to lay it. Tiles stuck to this extremely well also.
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Review 14 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
I built a full shower in the corner of my basement. I built the shower area ( 3 foot x 3 foot ) and used this backer board on concrete block ,I used firring strips spaced 12 inches apart then fastened the backer board to the firring strips with drywall nails, the nails go right into it. I use my circular saw to cut the board,makes dust so use a mask. It was easy to cut,but I have seen previous posts that use a utility knife and score it. Sounded like too much work plus all the blades you up. I then useda latex adhesive to put up my 4 x 4 ceramic tile on it. Best thing I ever did ,it was so easy ,just square up the back board ( it has lines on the one side ). The tile was easy to glue on and was stright as an arrow. Glad I bought this instead of the concrete board which is very heavy and not really a smooth finish to lay your tile on. Trust me, this is the way to go as far as setting tile on. As I mentioned before I did space out my firring strips 12 inches because of the thickness ( 1/4 ") as oppossed to the 16 inch centers with the 1/2' cement board. I just thought it would make the backer board more sturdy,but that's just me.
Pros: Very Adhesive, High Quality of Material, Easy to Install
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Review 15 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
As complete amateurs, we found this board fairly easy to work with. A word to the wise for novices though: be sure the use a saw that is sharp enough! We went through about 12 blades doing 300 sq. ft. of floor.
12out of18found this review helpful.
Review 16 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
For my purpose or use, the impressed "squares" for ease in laying tile, take away from my use which is a work surface for blowing glass. I believe that at one time, the surface was very smooth with no indentations.
Pros: High Quality of Material
Cons: product changed
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Review 19 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
I started this project with nothing more than a trip to home depot. Saw the backer board and thought...why not! Got about 30 sheets with screws (what board doesn't need a lot of screws). By the time I was done, the whole room looked great! Had my soccer team over for a party afterwards and everyone signed their names on it. Now I wondering...what's next?
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Review 20 for 1/4 in. x 5 ft. x 3 ft. HardieBacker Cement Backerboard
VOC aside (because I am not sure what the VOC on a more professional "CEMENT" board is but probably its worse than this paper stuff) - \besides that, I wouldnt recommend this for too many things. It does work but if its hit just hard enough it flakes apart, if its cut wrong on installation, it flakes apart and if screws are not fastened properlly...yep, it flakes apart. It littereally brakes into layers like a flint rock except the layers are just like thin card board, paper like. So yea it does work if your carfull, but even at that it gives and moves a lot. If screws, again, are put in wrong or to tight, the stuff will brake and allow movement which will then allow for craking in the mortar and so on...And given the competition and same pricing, the other options on the shelves are much better for any serious, sustainable, professional Tile project! I used to use this stuff until I was shown the better options. Another thing, you cant snap cut this with a knife vary easily. Durock or wonderboard for ex, you can...not to mention all the other benefits... =)