Return to the Home Repair Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
ceiing repair: drywall vs. cement board

Posted by raee (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 30, 13 at 12:11

My home was made of cement board (or some such similar product in early 1940s) -- that is, the interior walls and ceiling.
I had a problem with recurrent leaks in 2 rooms -- one from the upstairs bath, the other from the exterior gutter.

In the room below the bath, with the first incident, the ceiling material did not need to be replaced, just repainted. However, with the reoccurrence, the handyman cut a hole in the ceiling to access the source of the leak. This now needs repair.

In the other room, for whatever reason, the repair contractor took out the original ceiling and replaced it with drywall. With the 2nd leak, the drywall now needs to be replaced.

I am asking the contractor to repair and replace with cement board so in case of leaks again (hopefully will not happen, as I think all issues have been fixed) so that I hopefully won't have to redo the entire ceiling, or area of patch, again.

He has not heard of doing such a thing and is insisting that using drywall will be "so much easier" although how he would know it is easier than something he has not heard of is puzzling.

Am I really asking something silly or is it just that he has never used anything except drywall? Cement board is used in bath/showers isn't it?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: ceiing repair: drywall vs. cement board

The tile backer board used in bathrooms is not the same animal that was used to build your house. I'm not even sure if that material can still be found.
I would use the gypsum board (drywall) which, if correctly installed, should not be obvious where it abuts the old sheetrock and do my best for a permanent fix on the plumbing.
JMHO


 o
RE: ceiing repair: drywall vs. cement board

Spend your money on fixing the cause of the leaks.


 o
RE: ceiing repair: drywall vs. cement board

Well, yes, after a new roof and tub drain repair I HOPE the leaks are fixed, but there are several pipes in a bathroom...

Thanks


 o
RE: ceiing repair: drywall vs. cement board

See if you can find plasterers to repair the rock lath ceiling. Unfortunately, it is costly to do small repairs because they have to make several trips between coats. It might be worth getting prices and comparing them to dry wall replacement.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Home Repair Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here