Layers upon layers

Spreading adhesive before laying the tile backer boards

Whichever room we next go to, there’s always another layer of material that needs to be attached before we get to the fun bits.

This time, we’re in the main bedroom en-suite. This is the only room that will have tiles on the floor, so it’s always best to make sure whatever the tiles are attached to is waterproof.

We decided to have Jackoboard on the walls since it’s the easiest to work with. It’s a foam board sandwiched between thin sections of cement. It works well but we wanted something a bit more solid for the floors, so we went with Hardibacker, which is a solid cement board. It’s a lot heavier than Jackoboard, but ideal for places that will be walked on a lot.

Installation is actually quite easy – the hardest part is cutting the boards. We used a combination of a knife, handsaw and jigsaw to cut lengths and holes for pipes and cables. Other than that, it was a case of mixing up and spreading some adhesive on the ply floor, then laying the boards and fixing them with screws to make sure they’re fully secure.

Once the boards were laid, we taped the joins with Hardibacker mesh tape and adhesive to prepare it for tiling. The backer boards butt up to our inset shower tray, which will create a seamless transition once tiled between the shower and the rest of the bathroom.

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