Tru-Gard Vs. Others April 14 2014
The benefits of the TRUGARD® vapor-shield over traditional wall and floor tile shower stall waterproofing systems are numerous.
Tiled showers are luxurious and beautiful. A plethora of tile colors, designs, and shapes provides endless possibilities and enhances the aesthetics of the entire bathroom. Tiled showers also allow for flexibility when installing the latest features, such as benches, niches, windows, multiple shower heads, and steam units. TRUGARD is the ultimate affordable wall and tile flooring waterproofing system for shower stalls, walk-in showers, steam showers, and bathtub surrounds. Because of its easy installation, both contractors and do-it-yourselfers enjoy this new innovative system that excels in preventing a leaking shower pan, cracked tiles, efflorescence, fungus, bacteria, mold and mildew growth. The end result, is a high-quality maintenance-free shower enclosure for years to come.
Many people ask how TRU-GARD holds up and compares too other waterproofing systems, and we are glad they asked. You will find many great articles about the Schluter Kerdi waterproofing membrane, which we recommend, as their waterproofing system is very similar. The big difference Trugard and Schluter Kerdi is that TRU-GARD vapor-shield is 30 to 40 percent less expensive.
It is not necessarily the backer board product that is the problem. It is generally the corners and seams that don't get sealed correctly or at all that lets water through to the thin plastic vapor barrier behind the Backer board, then runs down to the wood floor that causes the problems.
TRUGARD® vapor-shield vs Other Systems
TRUGARD vs Liquid Roll or Spray on Systems, Redgard, and other Liquid membranes.
Some people ask about the liquid shower membranes like Redgard or others, and what I will tell you is that most of the professional tile contractors will not use them. Most of them are only rated at a 1/8 inch crack-bridging warranty. Homes do settle, and there are earthquakes. Generally speaking, the liquid membranes just have not been able to hold up to the same standard and performance as the bonded polyethylene waterproofing systems. Any potential leaking shower is everyone's worst nightmare. You definitely want to make your tile shower pan out of a shower waterproof membrane that can hold up under most unforeseen situations.
TRUGARD vs Traditional Cement Backerboard
With a normal backerboard shower a moisture barrier is placed behind the backerboard over the wall studs. Your backerboard is then installed over that and the tile adhered to it. This layering method, while absolutely acceptable, will allow any moisture penetrating behind your tile and grout to saturate your backerboard substrate. While cement backerboards are water resistant and dimensionally stable when wet, they are not waterproof. They simply do not swell, warp or twist when they get wet. Since tile and grout are not waterproof, even when sealed, the backerboard will eventually get wet. Once this happens it will take time for gravity and pressure to flush the water down into the drain. This process allows water to remain in your shower walls for a period of time dependent on the frequency of use. Water remaining in a particular area for extended periods of time will eventually lead to musty smells, mildew or even mold. TRU-GARD® vapor-shield prevents this by not allowing any moisture into your substrate. Water that gets behind your tile makes immediate contact with your waterproofing layer and starts making its way down to the drain or evaporates back out through the grout line almost immediately. TRU-GARD® vapor-shield allows your shower to dry out much more quickly after use. In most cases your entire shower will be completely dry, inside and out, within hours.
TRUGARD vs Traditional Shower Pan Systems
Traditional shower pans are installed prior to the dry mortar bed without any slope . This leaves an enormous amount of water sitting in the bottom of your shower underneath the tiles creating the perfect environment to grow microorganisms such as mold and mildew. TRUGARD paper shield is placed on top of the drying mortar bed with only a thin layer of thin set mortar, allowing your shower to dry out much more quickly after use, thereby preventing efflorescence, as well as fungus and bacteria growth. The end result is a high-quality, maintenance-free shower enclosure.
The Trugard system has been proven to be far superior to the traditional shower pan system that historically has a higher failure rate leaving the tragedy of mold and decay from water leakage.
As they say "time will tell". Now that the bonded polyethylene shower waterproofing system has a 35 year track record in Europe and a 20 year track record in the United States, we know that if the polyethylene shower waterproofing system is installed correctly and that the home does not have major settling problems, that this revolutionary waterproofing system last and protects the home without leaking far longer and without problems, giving the tile contractors and suppliers peace of mind that there will not be leaks and callbacks and giving the homeowners peace of mind of no shower leaks and at the same time a premium low maintenance shower to enjoy.
The TRU-GARD Difference
When people learn and see the difference in this new innovative waterproofing system compared to the old problematic systems of the past, they never go back. The TRU-GARD vapor-shield system has many benefits over the old systems but the main benefit is that it protects homes and property from the of mold, mildew, deterioration and decay, and it often does this at the same or less expensive overall price when labor is added into the equation.