Hi.....I am contemplating installing a granite tile countertop. All the
DIY pages use concrete backer board, or denshield, adhered to the
plywood underlay used to form the base for the replacement countertop.
What would happen if one just glued the granite tiles directly to the
plywood, and sealed them very well to prevent moisture from getting
underneath? I can see the need for backer board in say a shower stall
floor, but a countertop?
Thanks in advance for any replies.
Suggest you really think this over as the tiles are liable to become
uneven with time , if you do sugest you use the backer board and a
good scratch coat . Test your tile for seal by putting canola oil on
them for 20 secs see if there is a mark left if so get another tile .
Also seal your grout.
My original countertop was on particleboard, thin wax construction paper
above that and than a mortar bed for the tile. This original install lasted
20 years and no water damage to any of the particleboard below, even around
the sink area. I didn't trust my skills to do the same thing so I use
concrete backer board with plywood as cheap insurance.
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