Can hardi backer board be finished and painted like drywall?
Hope everyone is doing well. Preparing to drywall my basement and stumbled upon something online about hardi backerboard having a smooth side compared to other brands that can be painted and finished like drywall. Is this true because I have only used durock before. If it is not too difficult to mud and finish the smooth side I was considering using it opposed to drywall. Would I need 1/2 or 1/4 inch thickness because I’m assuming it works differently than drywall. I’m thinking to pros would be:
1. Extra insurance for mold
2. Easier to hold and transfer because it comes in 3×5 sheets
3. Cost just as much as 4×8 dens armor plus but is easier to get
4. Easier to hold by myself
The cons are:
1. Double the price in materials compared to mold resistant drywall
2. More seams to finish
3. Might be much harder to get a nice finish
Of course if it makes the job 10x harder not worth it. Not sure how hard it is to finish since they make a smooth side that can be painted. Hanging it I think would be easier but finishing is the problem. I’m willing to spend the extra money since I’m not paying for labor.
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