Waterproof Backer Board Keeps Tile Installs Dry

The HardieBacker Cement Board features technology that provides high strength and ease of use.
HardieBacker Cement Board. Image courtesy of James Hardie

James Hardie Building Products Inc. has introduced the HardieBacker Cement Board with HydroDefense Technology, a backer board that is engineered to help protect kitchen and bathroom tile installations from moisture penetration.

The product, billed as the first and only waterproof cement backer board, features high strength, ease of use and superior tile adhesion, with a waterproof composition throughout the board.

The HardieBacker Cement Board saves installation time by eliminating the need to apply waterproof coating across the entire board surface area, instead allowing the installer to simply waterproof the joints and fasteners. Available in home improvement outlets in the U.S., the product meets the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) A118.10 performance standards for waterproofness.