How do We Compare

Trugard vs Kerdi
Many people ask us "what is the difference between the Trugard products and the Schluter Kerdi products"?

We simply tell them that:
  • We love the Schluter Kerdi products and system, that is, everything except the price.
  • We used the Schluter Kerdi shower waterproofing system in our own new home communities for several years before creating Trugard Direct.
  • At Trugard Direct, manufacturer our products to be extremely high quality just like the Schluter Kerdi products are.
  • The Trugard Vapor-shield membrane is made of very similar materials in a similar process as the Kerdi membrane, which is a middle layer of polyethylene and to outside layers of polypropylene fleece-like fabric, all bonded together.
  • Our shower drains are made very similar and out of the high quality materials with slight differences.
  • Schluter Kerdi has a 10 year warranty, while Trugard Vapor-shield has a lifetime warranty.
Many people ask us "what is the difference between Trugard's products and the Liquid Paint-on waterproof membrane products"?

We simply tell them that:
  • The bonded polyethylene shower waterproof system has an impeccable nearly a 40 year proven track record. Still holding up strong, with no issues.
  • Most liquid waterproof membranes offer only a one-year warranty
  • The liquid membrane waterproof system has a much shorter track record, with the track record of not being leak-proof long-term.
  • We at hear many stories of people buying our Vapor-shield membrane system to repair or redo their shower that had previously been waterproofed with liquid membranes.
  • Shane Reid of, a waterproof expert in Australia has shared with us how most of the tile contractors started using the liquid membranes about 10-12 years ago, and that at year seven they started failing. Now many of the contractors are going back to the polyethylene membrane system to replace them.
Trugard vs Rubber Shower Pan
Many tile contractors ask us "what is the difference between Trugard's shower system and the rubber shower pan and cement backerboard waterproofing system"?

We simply tell them that:
  • The old rubber shower pan and cement backer board tile system is problematic.
  • We have many remodel contractors that tell us the horror stories of leaking rubber shower pan's, and how cement backerboard wicks up water and carries it to the wood walls behind the shower.
  • The rubber shower pan system is placed under the cement mortar bed, leaving the mortar bed continuously saturated with water, which keeps the floor tile moist, often giving a musty smell and and the perfect environment to promote mold growth.
  • If the rubber shower pan is not installed perfectly, it often results in leaks that get through to the wood, causing decay and mold growth.
*Pricing for the cement board comparison is based ‘Home Depot pries and includes some additional labor for the extra labor required for backerboard, and on drywall being installed with the original home construction for the Trugard.