DensShield Tile Backer

The tile backer
You'll Always
Choose

Discover DensShield®,
the tile backer with the
proven moisture barrier.
A specialized acrylic coating surrounds DensShield® Tile Backer, providing a built-in water barrier that stops moisture at the surface.

Advantages Against
the Competition

The moisture-resistant gypsum core resists the growth of mold.1

DensShield® has the highest level of performance for mold resistance under the ASTM D3273 test method.

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No Backer Board Has Better Moisture Resistance:
DensShield® Tile Backer absorbs less water than the leading fiber cement.
DensShield
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The leading cement board
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The leading fiber cement board
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In testing, the leading fiber cement board absorbed 8.3 times more water per sheet.2
There's No Better Mold Resistance than DensShield®1:
DensShield® stops water at the surface.
CEMENT TILE BACKER
1,092mm
CEMENTITOUS
TILE SUBSTRATE
483mm
DensShield®
3mm
Water passing into the wall cavity can cause mold and mildew. DensShield® stops water at the surface. In a 24-hour percolation test, just 3mm of water passed through DensShield®, compared to 483mm through one cementitious substrate and 1092mm through a leading cement tile backer board.3
DensShield® is faster to install
than either fiber cement or cement board.
Does not require purchase of an additional, separate moisture barrier.
Lightweight.
Simply requires rust-resistant drywall screws.
Cuts like drywall just use a utility knife.
FIBER CEMENT
Requires purchase and application of a separate moisture barrier when used in wet areas.
25% heavier.
Cement board screws are necessary.
For challenging or complex cuts, it is recommended to use a carbide tip scoring tool, however mechanical shears are also acceptable.
CEMENT
Requires purchase and application of a separate moisture barrier when used in wet areas.
20% heavier.
Cement board screws are necessary.
For challenging cuts, additional tools are recommended, such as a utility knife, carbide tip circular saw or electric drill with hole-saw bits for holes.
According to an Intertek study, contractors ranked DensShield® 1st in Overall Opinion of Product compared to Durock, Permabase and Wonderboard. DensShield® earned the highest scores for handling, cutting, install and weight.

Where to Use

Use DensShield® in every area where humidity is present.

DensShield® helps protect your walls and subfloor from moisture intrusion.

Installation

3 EASY STEPS
1

Measure & Cut

Position DensShield® Tile Backer panel next to framing with the coated (grey) face away from studs.

Score panel with utility knife to required size and snap.

Install either parallel or perpendicular to framing for both wall and ceiling applications.

Fit ends and joints closely.

DensShield® Tile Backer panels can be installed in the shower pan if part of an approved system.

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Fasten

Fasteners should be spaced 6” (152 mm) o.c. for walls and ceilings.

Drive fasteners flush with coated surface. Do not countersink.

DensShield® Tile Backer has a built-in moisture barrier—no additional moisture barrier required.

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Caulk & Tape

Caulk corners and joints prior to addition of 2” (51 mm) fiberglass mesh tape in skim coat of tile setting material.

Seal penetrations and abutments to dissimilar materials.

Where to Buy

Looking to purchase DensShield®?
Available in Menard’s and select Home Depot locations.

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