Cement Board Ceramic Tile

The best base for ceramic tile is waterproof cement board.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Stapler
  • Straightedge
  • Utility knife
  • Taping knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Cement board
  • Thin-set mortar
  • Cement board screws
  • 2 x 4s
  • Fiberglass mesh tape (use the special, heavier type sold for use with thin-set mortar — drywall mesh tape will rot)