In this month's issue of TILE Magazine, columnist Michael Byrne addresses backer boards. This guide supplements the resources Michael mentioned at the conclusion of his column.

National Gypsum


Company Name: National Gypsum
Address: 8201 Arrowridge Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273
Phone: (800) 738-1621
Fax: (704) 529-5261
Website: www.nationalgypsum.com
Product Description: PermaBase® Cement Board is a lightweight, concrete backerboard made of Portland cement, aggregate and glass mesh specifically designed to provide a permanent base for many interior and exterior construction applications. It provides a hard, durable backing surface that withstands moisture exposure. Features include: interior or exterior applications; mold and mildew resistant; withstands prolonged exposure to moisture without rotting, disintegrating or swelling; meets ANSI A118.9; and serves as an underlayment or backing surface for tub and shower surrounds, countertops and flooring.

Company Name: Bostik, Inc.
Address: 211 Boston St., Middleton, MA 01923
Phone: (888) 592-8558
Fax: (978) 750-7212
Email: contactus@bostik-us.com
Website: www.bostik-us.com
Product Description: Bostik SL-150 Self-Leveling Underlayment (BACKERBOARD IN A BAG) SL-150™ is a high compressive strength, self-leveling, cement-based underlayment. It is used to repair, smooth and level concrete as well as existing ceramic, terrazzo or approved plywood sub-floors prior to the installation of carpet, vinyl, VCT, laminate, solid and engineered hardwood flooring, ceramic or natural stone. Suitable for thicknesses from featheredge to 1” thick; or up to 5” thick when mixed as designed with pea gravel. Use on, above, or below grade. Use SL-150 in smaller installations where it may be mixed by hand; or use underlayment pump to quickly cover large jobs.

Company Name: CertainTeed Gypsum
Address: 4300 W. Cypress St., Suite 500, Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (800) 233-8990
Website: www.certainteed.com
Product Description: CertainTeed Gypsum’s GlasRoc® Tile Backer is a superior tile substrate specially designed to meet the demands of high-moisture areas. With an innovative, built-in moisture-blocking acrylic coating that resists moisture at the surface, GlasRoc® Tile Backer protects tile installations and wall cavities from moisture intrusion and eliminates the need for a separate moisture barrier. It is well suited for tile and non-tile installations in wet and non-wet applications, areas of high humidity and for fire-rated assemblies. Call (800) 233-8990 or visit www.certainteed.com for more information.

Company Name: Custom Building Products
Address: 13001 Seal Beach Blvd., Ste. 200, Seal Beach, CA 90740
Phone: (562) 598-8808
Email: contactus@cbpmail.net
Website: www.custombuildingproducts.com
Product Description: EasyBoard Backerboard, with CustomLite® Technology, is a new generation of lightweight backerboard for tiling floors, walls, showers and countertops. Performs just like traditional backerboard, but it’s much lighter, and cuts cleanly and easily with a utility knife. Tested and approved for residential and light commercial applications. Weighs just 6 lbs. Protected by MoldGard® Technology to resist mold and mildew. Available in ¼” and ½” thicknesses.

Company Name: Fin Pan, Inc.
Address: 3255 Symmes Road, Hamilton, OH 45015
Phone: (800) 833-6444
Fax: (513) 870-9606
Email: sales@finpan.net
Website: www.finpan.com
Product Description: Fin Pan, Inc. and it’s subsidiary, T. Clear Corp.’s, innovative thinking have created a family of quality, long-lasting building products starting with concrete backer board and thin concrete extrusion technology combined with energy efficient polystyrene insulation to produce interior and exterior sustainable applications.

Fin Pan, Inc. manufactures superior underlayments for ceramic tile and other facing material on walls, ceilings, floors, countertops and exteriors. Benefits include: nontoxic; environmentally safe; contains no asbestos; non-combustible; increases in strength and hardness over time; unaffected by water, moisture or steam; and well-suited for areas constantly exposed to water such as spas, steam rooms and indoor pools.

Company Name: Noble Company
Address: P.O. Box 350, Grand Haven, MI 49417-0350
Phone: (800) 878-5788
Fax: (231) 799-8850
Email: sales@noblecompany.com
Website: www.noblecompany.com
Product Description: Founded in 1946, the Noble Company has established a reputation of providing quality innovative products for the plumbing, hydronics, fire protection and tile industries. Identifying problems and developing solutions that have value to our customers has been the ongoing mission of our company. NobleSeal® TS Thin-set waterproofing membrane is a single sheet membrane that provides waterproofing and crack isolation/joint bridging for thin-set installations of ceramic and stone tile. Features include: made from durable CPE; no maintenance required; custom thicknesses available; no special installation tools or training required; and available supported or unsupported.

Company Name: MagBacker
Address: 2100 Line St., Brunswick, GA 31520
Phone: (866) 610-0359
Fax: (231) 799-8850
Email: rachunta@bellsouth.net
Website: www.MagBacker.com
MagBacker™ is launching a high performance, LEED point awarding, floor underlayment, tile backer and wet area panel. The product is 20% stronger and 25% lighter than premium cement panels, can be cut with power tools and is naturally mold-, mildew-, insect- and class “A” fire-resistant.

Company Name: Georgia Pacific
Address: 133 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 652-2533; Tech Support: (800) 225-6119
Website: www.densshield.com
Product Description: DensShield® tile backer is a mold-resistant tile backer board with fiberglass-mat facings and a unique acrylic coating that blocks moisture from entering the wall or floor cavity. When tested, as manufactured, in accordance with ASTM D 3273, DensShield® tile backer scores a 10.