'Rhino' board/ tile thickness

Old 01-02-03, 06:18 PM
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'Rhino' board/ tile thickness

I want to put 12" x 12" ceramic tile down in the kitchen. There is currently a vinyl floor.

Question: there is a product at Home Depot called "Rhino board', that comes in '5 x 3' sheets...but it's pricy at $15.99 Cdn (about USA $10) a sheet. Is there a less expensive base for the tile? Can something like particle board be used instead? Even a 8' x 4' sheet of 3/8s is only $6.99 Cdn.

Also, a lot of the tiles are 1/4" thick, wheras others are 3/8s. does this difference in thickness make a difference in a kitchen?

Old 01-03-03, 04:56 AM
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I haven't heard the brand name Rhino board, but I assume it is a cement board. If not I would recommend a cement board like Wonderboard or Durock. And, yes the price you're quoting is correct for cement board. In any case, do NOT use particle board!!!! I have used plywood in the past, but cement board is by far the best product for use under ceramic tile.

Old 01-03-03, 05:48 AM
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Rhino board is a new fiber cement backer board 4'x4' from Custom


I'm guessing it is similar to Hardie Backer board.

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