This homeowner wanted to make a bold statement when guests enter their home. As you can tell from the photos, the project consisted of laying a new mosaic tile entryway. For this project, Chris wanted to make this entryway last for a long time, so we recommended using Cement Board as the base building material. Cement board is an inexpensive, building material that makes tiling projects go faster and look better in the end. Cement board helps make tiled floors more durable and last longer. One of the most significant benefits of choosing cement board is there is no chance of rot and a reduced chance of rot with the underlying wall studs or floor joists.


Cement board is used to form a base for ceramic tile. Because the cement board is porous grout and mortar adhere well to it. Backer boards can be mounted onto studs or cinderblock, brick mortar, or concrete. This material can be easily cut with a hand saw, circular saw, jigsaw, or multi-tool.

As A Base Of Tiling

Think of cement board as the tile equivalent of drywall. Instead of workers having to float beds of mortar on job sites, mortar beds are created in a factory and milled into standardized sizes. Due to additives, these cement board sheets are far more stable than site-built mortar beds. Using cement board also reduces the amount of time tile jobs can take because cement board is dried in the factory.

Where To Use

Tile and grout are not waterproof. Tile, with its many seams, can lead to its base material becoming wet. Once this happens, mold and rot can occur. Cement board does not rot, warp, grow mold, or deteriorate when it becomes wet.

Cement board is used as a tile base on plywood or OSB subfloor.