Cement board may be a familiar product to carpenters and even some ambitious do-it-yourself homeowners, but what is it, exactly?
Is there exterior cement board verses interior cement board?
Cement board is a tough, large panel composed of cement and other fibers that comes in different sizes and thicknesses, most often ¼” or ½” thick and 3 feet by 5 feet in size. Like drywall, it is sold in sheets and can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores.
Cement Board vs Drywall
Cement board has a different use than drywall, however. While drywall panels create smooth walls and ceilings and are appropriate for most rooms, cement board is best suited for bathrooms and other areas that are prone to humidity and frequent moisture.
Cement board is used as the wall-backing behind shower tile and bathroom tile. It is much tougher than drywall and can resist mold, mildew, and other moisture-related issues prone to bathrooms. It’s a better option for rooms where moisture, sitting water, and humidity are common, because cement board is heavy and tough and creates a great base for tiles.
Exterior Cement Board?
Some homeowners have used this product as exterior cement board for the house skirting around their mobile or manufactured home, treating it as a cheap mobile home skirting alternative.
Unfortunately, this does not work out well for them.
While cement board is good for bathrooms, it does not hold up as well outside where it is highly susceptible to weathering and a lot more moisture. When used on a home’s exterior as house skirting, cement board often doesn’t last long. The nylon component on the cement board begins to deteriorate and then the cement itself begins to crumble. This causes holes in the house skirting.
Cement Board Should Be Used Inside
It is best to use cement board with indoor locations like bathrooms where it is used as a backing for tile and helps prevent mold and other common moisture problems. However, if you are looking for skirting for your home, there are other options for house skirting for homeowners of mobile or manufactured homes.
DURASKIRT™ offers a house skirting product similar to cement board but it is thicker, tougher, and designed to be used outdoors. It won’t crumble or fall apart and will holds up to weathering and outdoor elements. If you are searching for a cheap mobile home skirting option that will last, get in touch with us at (360) 419-9909. We can help answer any questions you might have and share more information about our house skirting product: a durable, efficient option that does a great job.