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    Question new tile shower in mind - what goes on walls?

    I've completely gutted an old bathroom down to the studs. Read a lot, and can't find consensus on this: What goes on the walls? I know to use cement backer board, but do I also need a waterproof membrane either behind or on top of the backboard before tiling? This will be the main shower in the house - so frequent use.

    One article I read says that cement backer board, although not damaged by water, is NOT impervious to water, meaning water can go through it to other stuff behind it (like wall studs or whatever). Is that true?

    If a membrane is recommended so, what type of membrane, where can I get it, and does it go behind the cement board, or over it?

    Related question: what goes on the floors? Planning on using cement backer here to over plywood subfloor. DO I also need a membrane on the floor? Same questions as above.

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    Default Re: new tile shower in mind - what goes on walls?

    You need a membrane on one side or the other of the backerboard.If you go with a membrane behind the wall board it can be something like roofing felt or polyethelene.If you elect to go with a membarne on the surface of the board, stoping the moisture from ever entering the wall board ,the membrane should meet the ANSI STANDARD 118.10..The Noble Co. www.noblecompany.com has some info and VIDEOS that can keep you moving in the right direction.

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    Default Re: new tile shower in mind - what goes on walls?

    Thanks for the info. Does this go for the shower floors as well? I assume yes?

    Thanks again.

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