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Beautifully Tiled, Worry & Maintenance-Free Showers, Steam Showers, and Bathtub Surrounds

High Quality & Efficiency... is the Key!

Ceramic and stone tiles are durable, easy to maintain, and beautiful, representing the ideal surface coverings, particularly in wet areas such as showers and bathtub surrounds. These tile and grout coverings, however, are not actually waterproof and must be installed in conjunction with a waterproofing system that effectively manages water and vapor moisture to protect moisture-sensitive building materials and control mold growth and decay. The TRUGARD Vapor-shield Product Line fills the need for an affordable innovative and superior system as today’s ultimate solution for waterproofing tile shower and tub surround areas.

Why TRUGARD Vapor-shield waterproofing is the preferred System

The TRUGARD Vapor-shield waterproofing Shower 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 TRUGARD Vapor-shield waterproofing 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 membrane at the top of the mortar bed shower base assembly. The TRUGARD Vapor-shield Shower System eliminates the potential for leakage, efflorescence, and as mentioned mold and mildew growth, leaving a maintenance-free healthy shower. Traditional method for installing tiled showers is time and labor intensive, the TRUGARD 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.

We the founders of Trugard believe that Quality & Efficiency is Key!

As the founders, we have over 30 years in the construction industry and it doesn’t take long to learn that “value” is always a win-win for everyone involved. So we understanding that if we were not competitive, our competitors would come in and dominate, taking much of our business away because we were not giving as good of a value to the customer as our competitors are. You will find that the TRUGARD Vapor-shield System does not include a bunch of unnecessary expensive gadgets that just drive the price up for us to make more money on the customer

One of my favorite cost-effective benefits that do-it-yourselfers and tile contractors also love about the TRUGARD Vapor-shield system is that it can be installed directly over the drywall panels. This saves so much time, labor, and expense. As the drywall contractors sheet rock the home they just continue right on through the shower and bathtub areas. No more labor-intensive cement backer-board. This cuts out a whole entire step of extra expense, time, and energy. You the contractors get to be the hero, and the homeowner has a superior product for the same or less cost.

Everybody Wins

The Trugard founders’ goal is to make this revolutionary, state-of-the-art, superior shower waterproofing system affordable and available to every person and home, not just to the high-end homes. Now the Trugard team, the builders, the tile contractors, and owners can enjoy peace of mind and satisfaction knowing that the homes and buildings are protected with the ultimate shower waterproofing system, and all this without breaking the budget..

Step 1. Install the Trugard drain assembly by firstdry fitting the drain onto the waste pipe making surethat our drain will be level and that the bondingflange will be a minimum of 1” above the existingplywood substrate or concrete slab. Step 2. Now you are ready to prime and cementglue the Trugard drain body to the waste pipe. Step 3. Next, secure and level the drain body. a. For wood floors use four non-corrosive screws tolevel and secure the drain body. b. For concrete slab floors, fill in box-outs in theconcrete floors with dry-pack mortar also packingthe mortar around the waist pipe and Trugard-Drain, including under the drain bonding flange.

Step 4. Install the mortar bed ensuring a 1/4” consistent slope toward the drain hole. Step 5. Apply thin-set mortar to the floor area fromthe outer edge of the drain bonding flange outward. Step 6. Now, apply TWO beads of sealant around the drain hole opening as shown in the above and install floor Vapor-shield Note: Press down the Vapor-shield squeezing the sealant toward the drain hole and the thin-setmortar outward toward the perimeter of the shower.
Step 7. Complete the installation of the Vapor-shield. See installing the membrane instructions on page 6. Step 8. When you are ready to install the drain assembly, cut an X in the Vapor-shield toward the edges of the drain hole and insert drain height adjustment sleeve. You may need to cut excess sealant and membrane out to give lateral movementto the drain. Step 9. Remove drain grate prior to grouting toprotect the finish and hassle of cleanup or tape topof the grate housing and grate to protect it during grouting. Congratulations on the installation of your Trugard-Drain

Attention: Most do, but not all cities allow PVC waste drains. Check with your local building inspection agency. We accept no responsibility for code violations.

Step 1. Install the Trugard drain assembly by firstdry fitting the drain onto the waste pipe making surethat our drain will be level and that the bondingflange will be a minimum of 1” above the existingplywood substrate or concrete slab. Step 2. Now you are ready to prime and cementglue the Trugard drain body to the waste pipe. Step 3. Next, secure and level the drain body. a. For wood floors use four non-corrosive screws tolevel and secure the drain body. b. For concrete slab floors, fill in box-outs in theconcrete floors with dry-pack mortar also packingthe mortar around the waist pipe and Trugard-Drain, including under the drain bonding flange.

Step 4. Install the mortar bed ensuring a 1/4” consistent slope toward the drain hole. Step 5. Apply thin-set mortar to the floor area fromthe outer edge of the drain bonding flange outward. Step 6. Now, apply TWO beads of sealant around the drain hole opening as shown in the above and install floor Vapor-shield Note: Press down the Vapor-shield squeezing the sealant toward the drain hole and the thin-setmortar outward toward the perimeter of the shower.
Step 7. Complete the installation of the Vapor-shield. See installing the membrane instructions on page 6. Step 8. When you are ready to install the drain assembly, cut an X in the Vapor-shield toward the edges of the drain hole and insert drain height adjustment sleeve. You may need to cut excess sealant and membrane out to give lateral movementto the drain. Step 9. Remove drain grate prior to grouting toprotect the finish and hassle of cleanup or tape topof the grate housing and grate to protect it during grouting. Congratulations on the installation of your Trugard-Drain

Attention: Most do, but not all cities allow PVC waste drains. Check with your local building inspection agency. We accept no responsibility for code violations.

Installing a Trugard-Retro-Fit Drain Assembly

The Trugard Retro-fit Drain is used to convert a clamping ring drain into a membrane bonding flange drain to create a complete watertight and leak-proof envelope behind tile and stone.

NOTE: When installing the Trugard Retro-fit Drain using a pre-sloped floor tray, additional thickness build-up is required to raise the tray to meet the additional height of the Retro-fit Drain.

Keys to understand for installing the Trugard Vapor-shield Shower Waterproofing System correctly

Make it leak-proof!

The Trugard Shower Waterproofing 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. We at Trugard believe that a waterproofing 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 membrane 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 membrane will shed the moisture on top of a lower level layer of waterproof membrane. 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 membrane section first, taking the perimeter of the floor membrane 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 membrane 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 membrane, 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 membrane that mightallow moisture or vapor through or behind the Vapor-shield envelope.
Bathtub Surrounds
Key 1. Keep a 1/4 inch gap between the top edge of the bathtub and the bottom of the substrate (gypsum board, cement board, or etc.) so as to prevent any wicking of moisture upward. Key 2. Apply an approved sealant to the top edge of the bathtub to the substrate, and then imbed the bottom edge of the Trugard Vapor-shield membrane into the sealant. Key 3.Apply Pipe and Shower Valve Seals. Use sealant around any and all protrusions through the Vapor-shield membrane.
Keys to understanding Thin-set Mortar
Key 1. All Unmodified thin-set mortars (ANSI A118.1) are approved for use with Trugard Vapor-shield. Higher-quality unmodified thin-set mortars generally have less course sand which allows the mortar to spread more evenly and easily behind or underneath the Vapor-shield membrane making for a simpler and better installation. Key 2. Approved Modified/fortified thin-set mortars (ANSI A118.4 and ANSI A118.11) may be used for both the installation of the Vapor-shield membrane and the installation of tiles. Key 3. Do use Modified thin-set mortar on porous substrates that will absorb the moisture and allow air to react with the thin-set mortar. Key 4. Do Not use Modified thin-set mortar where the application requires the thin-set mortar to have greater than 1/4” in thickness under or behind Vapor-shield membrane. Key 5. Do not use Modified thin-set mortar to install tile larger than 18” x 18” square on to the Trugard Vapor-shield membrane. The weight of the tiles combined with the extra time the modified thin-set requires for drying time when attached to the impervious Vapor-shield membrane may cause failure. Key 6. The complete installation instructions consist of the written handbook of instructions, the training videos, and the current and updated instructions, information, approved practices and products list on the company website

TECHNICAL INSTALLATION SPECIFICATIONS

Areas of Application
  • Interior Showers, Steam Showers, and bathtub surrounds
Limitations
  • Certain glass tiles may not be compatible with bonded waterproof membranes and/or may require special setting materials. Consult glass tile manufacturer and TRUGARD® for more information.
  • Certain moisture-sensitive stones, e.g. green marble or resin-backed tiles, may not be appropriate for use in wet areas or may require special setting materials. Consult supplier and Truco Solutions for more information. Treated lumber for curbs is required on concrete subfloors per code.
Requirements
  • Solid backing – gypsum wallboard, cementitious backer unit, fiber- cement underlayment, fiber-reinforced water-resistant gypsum backerboard/underlayment, coated glass mat water-resistant gypsum backerboard, portland cement mortar bed, concrete, or masonry
  • Solid backing panels shall be spaced a minimum of 1/4" (6 mm) above the lip of the tub.
  • TRUGARD® Vapor-shield waterproofing membrane shall be installed up to the height of 3 inches above the showerhead at minimum.
  • Any protrusions through the Vapor-shield membrane (e.g., tub spout, showerhead, mixing valve, etc.) must be treated with TRUGARD® -Vaporshield - Pipe or Shower Valve Seal and one of the following approved adhesive/sealant: Trugard’s Tru-Seal Adhesive Sealant, Schluter® - KERDI-Fix, Wedi Joint Sealant, also all inside and outside corner cuts must be sealed with sealant prior to installation of the pre-formed corners.
Substrate Preparation
  • Verify that solid backing is properly fastened to framing members.
Acceptable Solid Backing Materials
  • Gypsum wallboard – ASTM C1396/C1396M
  • Cementitious backer unit – ANSI A118.9 or ASTM C1325
  • Fiber-cement underlayment – ASTM C1288
  • Fiber-reinforced water-resistant gypsum backerboard/underlayment – ASTM C1278
  • Coated glass mat water-resistant gypsum backerboard – ASTM C1178
  • Portland cement mortar – ANSI A108.1B
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
Setting and Grouting Materials
  • Unmodified thin-set mortar – ANSI A118.1
  • Modified thin-set – ANSI A118.4
  • Grout – ANSI A118.3, A118.6, A118.7
Installation Specifications
  • Solid backing panels – follow manufacturer’s instructions
  • Portland cement mortar bed – ANSI A108.1
  • Certified Polystyrene pre-sloped Shower Floor Trays
  • Tile – ANSI A108.5
  • Grout – ANSI A108.6, A108.10
Other Considerations
  • When Trugard Vapor-shield and tile are installed on the ceiling, the solid backing and fasteners must be able to support the load of the tile and setting/grouting materials.
  • One of the approved adhesive sealants is required at all inside and outside corners and along seams in the floor area prior to the water test.

Notice: The complete installation instructions consist of the written handbook of instructions that must be followed for the warranty to be valid. There are training videos, and current updated instructions and information with approved Trugard practices on the company website at: www.trugarddirect.com

Mortar Bed Shower Base Assembly

Areas of Application and Requirements

Mortar beds are required to create the slope for interior showers over wood or concrete subfloors. Note: Plywood, OSB, or concrete subfloor must be clean,even, and load bearing. A solid backing is required around the perimeter of the shower base mortar bed.

Areas requiring disabled access/barrier-free applications – Consult the appropriate government agencies and disabilities experts.

Note: If a traditional wood curb is used, it is required to be installed using liquid nail type adhesive and rust resistant grabber screws so as to keep the wood from twisting and or movement. Wrap the wood curb with an appropriate substrate to meet the government regulatory building codes.

Installation and Process

Note: Best understood when used in conjunction with watching the Website Training Videos.

Step 1. Check and make sure that your floor and wall substrates are secure and solid. Step 2. For wood floors, locate, position, and cut out a 4-1/2 inch hole in the floor substrate for the shower drain assembly. Step 3. Clean and prepare the mortar bed area.

Step 4. For wood floor substrates, a vapor barrier such as polyethylene plastic or roofing felt paper must be placed over the plywood to prevent the cement from condensing next to the wood which would cause decay over time. For concrete slab floors, a vapor barrier is not necessary.

Step 5. For wood floors, a piece of galvanized metal lath, with an opening for the drain hole, is placed over the vapor barrier membrane and fastened to the floor... Again, for concrete slabs this step is not necessary.

Step 6. Install the Trugard drain assembly by first dry fitting the drain onto the waste pipe, making sure that our drain will be level and that the bonding flange will be a minimum of 1” above the existing plywood substrate or concrete slab. Step 7. Now you are ready to prime and cement glue the Trugard drain body to the waste pipe.

Step 8. Secure and level the drain body. a. For wood floors, use 4 non-corrosive screws to level and secure the drain body. b. For concrete slab floors, fill in box-outs in the concrete floors with dry-pack mortar, also packing the mortar around the waist pipe and Trug

Step 9. Using a level and measuring tape, create a line around the perimeter of the shower ensuring a minimum of 1/4” per foot slope will be achieved. (For a wall 2 feet away from the drain, that would place the line 1/2” higher than the center of the drain) Now is the perfect time to also mark the top and side lines of where your tile will be placed.

Step 10. Prepare for placing the cement mortar. a. Protect the drain hole by covering it with tape or some other adequate method. b. For concrete slab floors, dampen generously the concrete slab under the mortar bed. This will bond them together. c. Mix your Portland cement mortar, on the dry side but damp enough that it will form a ball in your hand, but not too wet that it squishes through your fingers. d. For concrete slab floors, dampen generously the concrete slab under the mortar bed. This will bond them together.

Step 11.A mortar screed is now placed around the perimeter base of the shower and tamped to the guideline around the shower.

Step 12.The remainder of the shower base is filled with mortar.

Step 13. The mortar is spread and tamped firmly throughout the floor area.

Step 14. Create a uniform slope from the perimeter screed line to the drain bonding flange using a straight edge screed board. The extra wide bonding flange makes for an easy guide to blend the mortar bed to the drain.

Step 15. With a level, Double check that there is a uniform slope toward the drain throughout the mortar bed shower base.

Congratulations, you have completed the sloped mortar bed shower base!

Tip: Again, for smaller shower mortar beds, experienced contractors will often use a rapid/quick set mortar which sets up in about one hour after finishing the mortar Bed. This allows a quick install process. If you have other areas to work on to be productive, the standard mortar is generally dry by the next morning.

Installing the Vapor-shield Waterproof Assembly

Once the mortar bed has cured enough to walk on, waterproofing with the Trugard Vapor-shield can begin. Keep in mind that we are working with water and, like a roofer, we will start with the lowest point of the waterproofing 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 membrane pieces while the concrete cures.

Installation Steps and Process

Step 1. First, pre-cut your Trugard Vapor-shield membrane allowing the membrane 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 membrane down the walls onto the floor a minimum of 2 inches also.

Step 2. Clean the mortar bed surface thoroughly.Step 3. in order to help prevent premature drying or skinning of the thin-set mortar.Note: The Trugard Vapor-shield is installed using unmodified or approved modifiedthin-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 the inner 3/4” area. Apply a 1/4” Bead of approved Sealant around the drain hole. Step 5. Apply the Vapor-shield membrane to the entire floor mortar bed surface and up the walls 2 inches. Cut the excess out of the corners.

Step 6. Embed the membrane 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 membrane 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 Trugard Vapor-shield 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 membrane into the thinset mortar starting with the top edge and then pressing a line all the way down the middle of the membrane, then working from the center of the membrane outward in every direction removing all air pockets to ensure complete adhesion.

Note: If roofers find it necessary to overlap waterproofing 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 peal a corner back, to make sure the vapor-shield membrane 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 membrane.

Step 15. Follow the same steps, this time overlapping the first section of membrane with a 2” overlap of thin-set and the next strip of membrane. Step 16. Finish applying the vapor-shield membrane to the wall areas that will be tiled. Note: Trugard Vapor-shield 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 waterproofing system is complete and you are now ready to install your stone or tile.

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