Kerdi Board, Duroc, Wedi board, Goboard: Pros and Cons



In This Article we will examine, Kerdi Board, Duroc, Wedi board, Goboard: Pros and Cons. With so many choices on the market we did the work for you by narrowing down the top 4 that made our list.

Kerdi Board

” Waterproof, multifunctional tile substrate and building panel

Schluter®-KERDI-BOARD is a multifunctional tile substrate and building panel, which can also be used in bonded waterproofing assemblies with tile. KERDI-BOARD allows you to quickly and easily build tile-ready elements in showers, bathtub surrounds and platforms, countertops, vanities, shelving, and more!

    • Fosters creativity in the construction of bonded waterproofing assemblies to be tiled
    • Build custom vanities, shelving units, countertops, bathtub surrounds, and so much more
    • Replaces other suitable solid backing panels (i.e. gypsum board, cement backer board)
    • Even, impact-resistant, and rigid
    • Waterproof, thermally insulating and dimensionally stable
    • Lightweight, easy to handle and transport
    • Contains no cement or fiberglass for a dust-free installation
    • Extruded polystyrene foam panel
    • Fleece webbing for effective bonding of tile to the surface”

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“Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ offers architects, builders and tile contractors a strong, water-durable tile backerboard for floors, walls, countertops, tub, shower areas and exterior finish systems. Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ offers enhanced, proprietary edge performance, preventing spinout and crumbling. This mold resistant tile backer makes it the perfect choice for tile and flooring in baths, kitchens and laundry rooms in new construction and remodeling. Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ cuts easily and installs quickly with Durock™ Brand Tile Backer Screws, self-drilling fasteners or nails.


Durock® Brand Cement Board with EdgeGuard™ is the industry standard for performance and reliability.

  • Enhanced patented edge performance prevents spinout and crumbling
  • Easy to cut and fasten
  • Water durable and mold resistant
  • Warranted for interior and exterior applications
  • Exceptional tile bond
  • Noncombustible”

Wedi Board

    • “wedi Building Panel 3 ft. x 5 ft. x 1/2 in. Waterproof Tile Backer Board is designed as a tileable, 100% waterproof backer board for moisture prone and wet areas. wedi Building Panel is internally waterproof, lightweight, easy and clean to cut and still incredibly strong and bond friendly for use with any type of thinset mortar application. The wedi Building Panel can be tiled with all types of ceramic, glass or stone tile whether they are mosaic or large format tiles. Especially large and thin tile benefits of the durability of the wedi Building Panel and the even surface it provides. The blue waterproof core is made from wedi specific extruded polystyrene foam. It is reinforced with maximum strength fiberglass mesh on both sides and coated with synthetic polymer resin mortar which fully embeds the mesh layer resulting in the panel’s strength and the ability to develop highest adhesion strength to virtually any type of thinset mortar. The embedded mesh eliminates the risk of delamination of installation layers.100% waterproof and mold proof tile backer board for general use on wet area walls, floors, counter tops and many more applications
    • Superior bond to virtually all application suitable tile adhesives on cement or epoxy basis
    • Compatible with virtually any stable substructure
    • Provides a perfect, even surface for mosaics, as well as large size or thin body tile
    • wedi’s XPS blue core blue core is manufactured without the use of CFC, HCFC, HFC, and contains no HBCD”

Goboard Tile Backer Board

GoBoard® by Johns Manville is an ultra-lightweight, waterproof, durable tile backer board that is easy to cut and install, and weighs up to 85% lighter than traditional cement boards allowing for same-day tile. GoBoard is engineered and tested for strength and durability, yet can be cut right where it’s installed using a standard utility knife with minimal dust. Installation time is reduced because waterproofing is built-in, eliminating extra steps since only board joints and fastener locations need to be sealed.”

Pros and Cons

Kerdi Board


  • The panel surfaces are even, providing exceptional structural rigidity.
  • The foam core surrounded by synthetic cloth on both sides and adhered with resin glue is comparable to products used in…
  • The panels are stable and won’t deteriorate when exposed to moisture.
  • The printed grids on the surface make cutting easier


  • Fexiability in the 1/2 board on both 16 in centers and 24 in centers
  • issues with bonding
  • Claims are 99 percent passed off as install error so lifetime warranty is fuzzy a best



  • Excellent  durability.
  • made of cement slurry that also contains glass mesh, which makes the material even stronger.
  • approved for outdoor usage, not just indoor usage.
  • It can withstand heavy traffic and rough weather.
  • Most used and recommended by professional


  • Heavy to carry and install
  • power tools required for cutting correctly

Wedi Board


  • Wedi board is far lighter and therefore, easier to handle and install. For example, one square foot of ½ inch thick cement board weighs approximately 40 ounces while the same in Wedi board weighs about 75% less
  • Wedi also offers an ideal bonding surface
  • won’t warp
  • pliable, unlike cement board
  • .Custom Shower Pan. All Wedi shower systems come with a pre-sloped shower pan. …
  • Shower Pans are Fully Waterproof.
  •  shower pans are waterproof even if …
  •  Fast. Mud pans are no doubt way cheaper than Wedi. HOWEVER, they take 2 …


  • Fexiability in the 1/2 board on both 16 in centers and 24 in centers
  • issues with bonding
  • 99 percent of claims passed off as install error so lifetime warranty is fuzzy a best



  • FAST INSTALLATION*: Engineered for speed. Complete tile projects in half the time or less.
  • ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT: Up to 80% lighter than cement boards, yet engineered for durability.
  • EASY TO CUT & HANDLE: Simply cut with a utility knife, and attach using GoBoard Fasteners and optional GoBoard Washers.
  • WATERPROOF BUILT-IN**: Save time and money because you only need to seal the board joints and the fastener locations for a waterproof tile assemble


  • Has some flexiablity on 16 in and 24 in center studs

Which is the best product to use in your shower Kerdi Board, Duroc, Wedi board, Goboard?

– kerdi board

– durock

– wedi board

– goboard tile backer boards.


As the comparison shows, Durock seems to be the best choice for shower project because it is easy to cut and install, has excellent durability and can withstand heavy traffic and rough weather. Kerdi Board is great as well but may have some issues with bonding that needs special attention during installation, Wedi Board has less limitations than kerdi but requires proper tools such as power saws which you might not want to invest in if this will be your first experience of tiling a shower wall yourself. GOBoard Tile Backer Boards are also an option though they do require more time on cutting them.


We hope this in depth article of Kerdi Board, Durock, Wedi Board, Goboard- Pros and Cons helped you make the best decision for your next shower remodeling project. If not, we would love to hear about it! Whether it be a full luxury bathroom renovation or just a simple update on your current space, contact us today so that we can help transform your vision into reality with our expert design team. Schedule an appointment today at Kennedy Kitchens and Baths!


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