HardieBacker Tile Backer Board

The Hardiebacker Tile Backer Board is a plasterboard alternative cement board specifically designed for use in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. As the name suggests, a tile backer board provides a water resistant base to which natural stone, porcelain or ceramic tiles can be adhered. The boards are easy to cut and install, and their unique cement formulation ensures excellent and long lasting protection from and mould moisture damage.


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James Hardie Tile Backer Board

James Hardie is a leading manufacturer of building boards such as Fermacell and HardieBacker. It is known for creating durable, high quality products that have superior performance to other traditional materials such as plasterboard and plywood. HardieBacker cement backerboard can act as either a wall or floor tiling backerboard, and is suitable for both wooden frame and masonry walls.

James Hardie tile backer boards have a unique formulation that contains no loose aggregate or filler, giving them a uniform composition that can carry up to 200kg/m2 of tile hanging weight. The no mesh board features patented Mouldblock technology that delivers outstanding mould and moisture resistance, which prevents the board from swelling or rotting if exposed to water in a wet room. With a compressive strength up to three times that of other competitive cement boards, the Hardiebacker board provides a robust and rigid base for excellent tile adhesion.

Installing Tile Backer Boards

HardieBacker fibre cement boards are light and rigid, making installation a quick and easy process. Follow these simple steps to install HardieBacker tile backer boards:

  1. Measure the area where you will be installing the boards
  2. Where necessary, cut the boards to size using the score and snap method. The unique composition of the boards allows for clean cuts that produce minimal dust and abrasive debris
  3. Screw the boards into place on the timber or metal studwork. Allow 1/4 of an inch above the floor when installing the boards on walls
  4. Make sure the four corners of the boards align tightly with adjacent boards
  5. Fill all joints with mortar and embed with glass fibre tape
  6. Clean the flat surface of the boards, and cover with tile adhesive
  7. Press the tiles onto the mortar and hold there until they are fully adhered