Lately we have had a lot of questions about tile installation, especially from Do It Yourself homeowner flooring projects.
To help other consumers that have the same questions, we will start posting some of the e–mails we get online.
Is it overkill to apply RedGard over Hardie backer board? I want to make sure the niches and corners in my shower are
sealed before I tile with stone tile. If I don't use RedGard will the thinset and grout be enough to ensure waterproofing?
Also, I have a thinset that is NOT polymer modified thinset. I understand this can be used directly on the cement backer
board, but if I use Red Guard I must use a polymer modified thinset. Is this correct?
Thank you for your question about your tile installation. Hardie backerboard will not seal out moisture completely, nor
will thinset or grout. Although it will hold up under wet conditions it will allow some moisture to pass through. Applying
RedGard will block out moisture and yes, you would then need to use a polymer modified thinset.
If you want to use a backer board with a built in moisture barrier than you should use DensShield by Georgia-Pacific. The
panels are completely waterproof, and are very light and easy to work with, requiring only a razor knife to score and snap to
fit. Here is a link to the product.
Please let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!
CEO, Tile and Mosaic Artisan, Tile Productions