Schluter Systems’ new Kerdi-Board Kit includes everything needed to build waterproof walls for a standard tub surround or an acrylic shower base, all in a package that can easily fit into most vehicles.
The kit includes eight pieces of 1/2 in. thick Kerdi-Board waterproof building panels that can be screwed directly onto wall studs to build a waterproof tub surround or shower area. The panels measure 48x38 in. and can easily be cut with a utility knife to fit any wall space up to 101 sq. ft.
The Kerdi-Board panels are lightweight, don’t generate dust when cut and eliminate the need for gypsum or cement board on the shower walls, according to the company. The panels are installed with screws and washers that are included in the kit. Once the panels are up only the seams between panels and the screw penetrations need to be waterproofed to complete the walls.
The kit includes a 5 in. wide strip of Kerdi-Band waterproof membrane that can be cut and installed using thin set mortar to seal these areas. Tiles are then set directly onto the Kerdi-Board with thin-set mortar. The kit also includes two tubes of Kerdi-Fix sealing and bonding compound to create a waterproof seal around the flange of the tub or shower base.
Other components in the kit are a 4 1/2 in. mixing valve seal, a 3/4 in. pipe seal and a 1/2 in. pipe seal to ensure that no moisture can enter the wall cavity where the plumbing fixtures protrude into the shower area.