mud bed or backer board?

Old 09-25-02, 03:06 PM
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Question mud bed or backer board?

I am in the process of getting estimates to have my kitchen and foyer tiled. Two of the three contractors plan to use backer board, the third wants to use a mud bed. Is any one method better than the other, or does it not matter? Thanks for your help.
Old 09-25-02, 04:04 PM
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There is nothing better than a mud bed...and I mean a true mud bed...not that wire lath coated with a skim coat of thin set method..which is pretty useless. A true mud bed will be close to an inch thick or more. Backerboard is good too if it is installed properly..that is, it is set in a bed of thin set before it is fastened to the floor. Schluter DITRA is a good choice also. if you can find it in your costs just a bit more than cement board, but is only 1/8" thick.

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