TRUGARD VAPOR SHIELD
Same great quality, at the more affordable price
More than 20 years of use in Europe and the United States
Bonded polyethylene, stays waterproof for up to 500 years
CLEAN & CUT
Clean all substrate and other surfaces. Cut the membrane roll to the appropriate sizes, allowing for a 2 inch overlap in each section.
MORTAR & PRESS
Apply modified thinset mortar over the substrate surface using a V-notched trowel. Press the membrane into the mortar.
Using the TruSeal Sealant or thinset mortar, create a 2" overlap between sections using excess membrane or a membrane band.
For inside and outside corners, apply the Trugard Seals Kit to cover any corners using the thinset mortar or TruSeal Sealant.
PIPE & VALVE SEALS
Make sure to seal any piping or valves with a membrane pipe seal or shower valve seal, included in the Trugard Seals Kit.
The shower or bathtub installation is now successfully waterproofed. Once the membrane and mortar has completely bonded, place your covering on the membrane. For tile, fully cover the membrane with thinset mortar.
SPECIFICATIONS & SIZES
Membrane Roll Dimensions
- Length: 16.77' per 55 sqft
- Width: 3.28' / 39.37" / 1 meter
- Thickness: 0.008" / 8 mil
Green polyethylene membrane with polypropylene fleece laminated on both sides.
- 55 sqft
- 110 sqft
- 165 sqft
- 220 sqft
- 330 sqft
ESTIMATED AMOUNT NEEDED
Shower Installation Sizes - Wall and floor coverage
- 110 SQFT
- 36”x 36”x 7’h = 89 sqft
- 42”x 42”x 7’h = 100 sqft
- 48”x 36”x 7’h = 108 sqft
- 165 SQFT
- 36”x 60”x 7”h = 123 sqft
- 48”x 48”x 7’h = 130 sqft
- 48”x 60”x 7’h = 145 sqft
- 48”x 72”x 7’h = 160 sqft
- 220 SQFT
- 60”x 60”x 7’h = 162 sqft
- 72”x 72”x 7’h = 204 sqft
- 330 SQFT
- 7’ x 7’ x 7’h = 248 sqft
- 8’ x 8’ x 7’h = 294 sqft
Bathtub Surround Installation Sizes - Wall coverage
30”x 60” = 55 sqft 36”x 60” = 62 sqft 42”x 60” = 74 sqft 48”x 60” = 90 sqft
Number estimates are rounded and approximate, be sure to accurately measure.
The Trugard Vapor-Shield shower waterproofing membrane System is a complete assembly bonded together to create a watertight envelope for tiled tub surrounds, showers, and steam showers to keep moisture away from and protect the structure. Unlike shower pan liners in conventional assemblies, the shower membrane is applied on top of and bonded directly to the sloped mortar bed, protecting it from becoming saturated and becoming a haven of moisture that leaves the shower area musty and humid encouraging microorganisms, mold, and mildew growth. The TRUGARD-DRAINS provide a simple and secure connection to the Vapor-shield fabric at the top of the mortar bed shower base assembly. The Shower System eliminates the potential for leakage, efflorescence, and as mentioned mold and mildew growth, leaving a maintenance-free healthy shower. The traditional method for installing tiled showers is time and labor intensive, the TRUGARD Shower System dramatically reduces total installation time, making the overall shower installation better and easier than the old traditional systems, making the do-it-yourselfers and tile contractors raving fans.
Keys to understanding for installing the Shower vapor-barrier System correctly
Make it leak-proof!
The Trugard vapor-barrier System boldly and proudly declares “leak-proof”... when installed correctly, of course. One of the reasons the Trugard system stands out above the rest, is because of its redundancy engineering. In the aircraft industry, most airplanes have duplication or, in other words, a backup as a “fail-safe” for critical functions of the system. Everything Waterproofing We at Trugard believe that a vapor-barrier system and not having leaks is extremely critical and merits redundancy and “fail-safes” throughout the system.
Areas of redundancy and fail-safe:
Key 1. The Vapor-shield fabric is installed like a roofer would install a roof. They start at the lowest point and then overlap the next layer so that any water or moisture running off of a higher level piece of Vapor-shield fabric will shed the moisture on top of a lower level layer of waterproof fabric. Now in the event that the home settles, the overlap should still shed the water on top of the lower layers.
Key 2. We start with the floor Vapor-shield fabric section first, taking the perimeter of the floor fabric up the wall a minimum of 2 inches, creating a floor pan on top of the sloped mortar bed, ensuring that the water will not climb up the wall and possibly leak at the floor/wall intersection.
Key 3. Next, we apply approved adhesive sealant to the inside and outside corners as the backup or fail-safe to ensure that the Vapor-shield shower pan is watertight up the walls for at least 2 inches.
Key 4. Install pre-formed Inside and Outside Corner Seals with approved thin-set mortar as the first barrier of water leak protection.
Key 5. Since the most critical area for possible movement and leaking is the floor/wall intersection, we have engineered our system to require that the wall Vapor-shield fabric be brought down the walls and onto the floor a minimum of 2 inches, hence creating a double layer of protection at the wall/ floor intersection and a single layer over top of the inside and outside corner seals.
Key 6. The thin set mortar does a great job at adhering and making it difficult for moisture to get behind the Vapor-shield fabric, however again we recommend a double protection system by applying a small bead of sealant around the perimeter of the Vapor-shield envelope and also any other penetrations through the fabric that might allow moisture or vapor through or behind the Vapor-shield envelope.
Installing the Vapor-shield waterproofing Membrane Assembly on bathtub kits - click here.
Once the mortar bed has cured enough to walk on, vapor-barrier with the can begin. Keep in mind that we are working with water and, like a roofer, we will start with the lowest point of the vapor-barrier envelope, the floor. Tip: For smaller shower mortar beds, experienced contractors will often use a rapid/quick set mortar mix which sets up in about one hour after finishing the mortar bed. This allows a quick install process. Cut fabric pieces while the concrete cures. waterproofing with shower sealants
Step 1. First, pre-cut your fabric allowing the fabric to go from the floor up the walls a minimum of 2 inches. This will create a floor pan and a double crack-bridging layer at the wall-floor intersection giving double protection as we will bring the vapor-shield fabric down the walls onto the floor a minimum of 2 inches also.
Step 2. Clean the mortar bed surface thoroughly.
Step 3. Dampen particularly dry or porous substrates in order to help prevent premature drying or skinning of the thin-set mortar. Note: The is installed using modified thin-set mortar (mixed to a fairly fluid consistency, but still able to hold a notch)
Step 4. The bonding coat of thin-set mortar is applied, using a 1/4” x 3/16” V-notched trowel, to the shower floor base including the Trugard-Drain bonding flange except for the inner 3/4” area. Apply a 1/4” Bead of approved Sealant around the drain hole.
Step 5. Apply the Vapor-shield fabric to the entire floor mortar bed surface and up the walls 2 inches. Cut the excess out of the corners.
Step 6. Embed the fabric into the mortar throughout its entire surface to ensure proper adhesion and to remove air pockets. Periodically lift up a corner to check the fleece/webbing for full coverage.
Step 7. Now place cardboard over the Trugard fabric to protect it from damage or puncture, leaving adequate workroom for the corner seals.
Step 8. Caulk generously all inside and outside corner areas or any area that might present a potential leak, with a Trugard approved sealant.
Step 9. Apply with thin-set, the inside corner seals first, followed by the outside corner seals.
Step 10. Pre-cut your wall pieces remembering to add 2 inches that will go down onto the shower floor mortar base.
Step 11. Dampen the wall substrate to prevent premature drying.
Step 12. Firmly press the fabric into the thinset mortar starting with the top edge and then pressing a line all the way down the middle of the fabric, then working from the center of the fabric outward in every direction removing all air pockets to ensure complete adhesion.
Note: If roofers find it necessary to overlap vapor-barrier materials at higher elevations over top of those at lower elevations then it only makes good sense that we would want to do the same. This way if the homes settles or any other unforeseen movement happens, we are prepared and should still not have any leaks.
Step 13. Periodically peel a corner back, to make sure the vapor-shield fabric is receiving complete coverage of the thin-set mortar.
Step 14. Now you're ready to continue on to the second section of wall installation of the vaporshield fabric.
Step 15. Follow the same steps, this time overlapping the first section of fabric with a 2” overlap of thin-set and the next strip of fabric.
Step 16. Finish applying the vapor-shield fabric to the wall areas that will be tiled. Note: can also be applied on ceiling areas for steam showers. A modified rapid set thin-set mortar should be used for ceilings.
Step 17. The final step in creating a watertight envelope is to install the Trugard Shower Valve and Pipe Seals around protruding pipes and shower valves per videos, ensuring a tight leak-proof fit.
Congratulations! Your state-of-the-art shower vapor-barrier system is complete and you are now ready to install your stone or tile.
Trugard® Vapor-Shield vapor-barrier fabric Roll
Discover Why Builders And Tile Contractors Are Calling Trugard® #1 When It Comes To vapor-barrier Your Tile Or Stone Shower.
Trugard® Vapor-Shield is a pliable polyethylene that is used in conjunction with ceramic and stone tile coverings to quickly and easily waterproof your shower and protects your home or property against costly leaks, mold, and deterioration.
The advanced shower waterproofing membrane is crack-resistant and provides the perfect substrate to anchor your tile or stone to your shower wall with its fiber webbing. Tiles are installed directly on to the Trugard® Vapor-Shield fabric.
You don't need to be a professional tile contractor to install Trugard®. The Trugard® fabric is so easy to install that even the average DIY'er can quickly and effortlessly install this advanced vapor-barrier system.
Trugard® conveniently provides detailed written instructions as well as how-to videos that show you exactly how to install this system step by step and in clear detail.
Make it Leak-proof"... TRUGARD®
Trugard's bonded polyethylene shower system has a 35 year track record in Europe and a 20 year track record in the United States for providing 100% problem-free shower vapor-barrier system.
Trugard® is easily applied directly to your drywall or backerboard with a small amount of thin-set mortar. The advanced polyethylene material is 100% leak and moisture proof, preventing efflorescence as well as resisting fungus and bacteria growth. The end result is a high-quality, maintenance-free shower enclosure.
*Includes Lifetime Warranty.
Trugard® 55 sqft Shower Membrane is a pliable, bonded polyethylene and vapor retarder which is covered on both sides with a special fleece webbing to anchor the fabric in the thin-set mortar.
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