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Unlike other backer board products, such as drywall, a cement board (hardiebacker) contains no organic fillers, making it much more resistant to mold, rot, warping, and deterioration. So, why don’t homebuilders use cement backer boards in every situation?
Cementitious backer units (CBUs) or cement boards (commonly referred to as hardiebacker) are typically used as tile backer boards. These cement boards are basically cement bonded particle boards, made from combining cement with other reinforcing materials, that are formed and cut into sheets of varying thicknesses and sizes. They are commonly used during the construction and repair of bathrooms and kitchens due to their water-resistant composition.
Whereas bathroom and kitchen projects may benefit from cement board, hardiebacker may not be the right choice for every renovation: