USG unveiled the newest product in its USG Durock cement board portfolio with the redesigned USG Durock cement board with EdgeGuard. USG Durock cement board with EdgeGuard features wrapped edges which are formed smooth with poly-propylene fabric and square cut. The cement backerboard’s reinforced edge reduces screw spinout and crumbling during installation, and offers architects, builders, and tile contractors an improved, water-durable tile base for use in tub and shower area construction.

“The reinforced edge on our new cement board helps reduce blowouts during fastening; protects from edge damage; and creates less dust during installation, making wet-area jobs easier and safer,” said Amy Klawitter, product manager of USG.

USG Durock cement board with EdgeGuard exceeds ANSI A118.9 standards for cementitious backer units (CBU) and specifications for CBU and ANSI A109.11 for interior installation, making it an ideal choice for tile and flooring in baths, kitchens, and laundry rooms or as an underlayment for tile on floors and countertops in new construction and remodeling. It also exceeds ASTM C1325 standards for fiber-mat reinforced cementitious backer units. The 5/8-in. panels are also Underwriters Laboratories classified for fire resistance, and can be used in any UL design where Type SGX panels are listed.

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