Hardiebacker: this stuff is the single most useful material for applications where ceramic tile is involved; it can be used as a sub-floor, a base for counter-tops and all over the bathroom as a more durable, waterproof alternative to greenboard. It’s water resistant, non-flammable and mold resistant, making it a DIY home owner’s dream material. I know this for a fact. I put a piece of Hardiebacker to the test.
First I left it outside in the rain for a week, then let it dry out and started piling trash on it. Then I set the trash on fire (don’t ask, it’s just another typical day on my driveway). After the ashes cooled, I pulled the HardieBacker out – and aside from some black soot, it was still as good as ever. At our local Home Depot they had a little display – a small square of Hardiebacker in a plastic box full of water, hanging on a chain from the rack where the boards were displayed. According to the date on the container, it had been there since 2001. That means that the little sample of board had been submerged in water without disintegrating or crumbling for years before my wife ran the buggy into it accidentally and smashed it. Whoops. I hurriedly exited the scene of the crime, pretending to be in urgent need of varnish and leaving her to hide the evidence. And they say chivalry is dead. I guess they’re right. I thought about taking the fall for her, but frankly I figured her cuteness would win more sympathy than mine with most Home Depot employees. My point is, Hardiebacker is the absolute best product out there for your money when it comes to prepping for tile. It won’t mold, rot or burn, and it beats Durock and greenboard hands down for interior applications. As far as I know, the only threat Hardiebacker can’t stand up to is a Home Depot shopping cart. You can find Hardiebacker (minus the 6 year old demo box), at any Home Depot.