Tile backing Types
Hardboard Backing-3/16" thick - makes a 1/4” thick tile (5.9mm)
Ideal for kitchens backsplashes and countless decorator projects.
Hardboard is made of eucalyptus wood fibers, usually with the addition of resin, and tempered by coating with a thin layer of linseed oil and baking at a high temperature to polymerize the oil. This provides more water and impact resistance, hardness, rigidity and tensile strength.
Hardboard, also called high-density fiberboard, is a type of fiberboard, which is an engineered wood product. It is similar to particle board and medium-density fiberboard, but is denser and much stronger and harder because it is made out of exploded wood fibers that have been highly compressed. It differs from particle board in that the bonding of the wood fibers requires no additional materials, although resin is often added. Unlike particle board, it will not split or crack. It is used in construction and furniture.
Aqua-Tough Fiberock - 1/4" thick – makes a 3/8” thick tile (6.6mm)
Ideal for kitchens, backsplashes, walls, showers.. etc. Also good for mixing with other conventional tile products (similar thickness and sets with the same mastic).
Fiberock is manufactured from an environmentally sustainable, specially engineered combination of synthetic gypsum and cellulose fibers. It has an integral water resistant composition that offers durability, superior performance and exceptional tile bond. Fiberock is engineered to meet water-, mold- and indentation-resistance under or behind tile. Fiberock is made from 95% recycled material and has earned independent certification from Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). SCS is the leading national testing company to evaluate manufacturer’s environmental claims. Fiberock is also ideal for truly wet locations like shower surrounds and for locations where a thin-set/mastic material is used for bonding tile and stone surfaces to a substrate.