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Preparatory Work
Building Codes

   Preparatory Work:

Accept and install only DragonBoard® supplied by an authorized DragonBoard® dealer, in manufacturer’s original, unopened, undamaged containers with identification labels intact. Only material purchased from an authorized DragonBoard dealer or distributor will be warranted by the manufacturer. (Contact DRAGONBOARD USA customer service to verify authorized-dealer status). Please read completely and understand all sections titled “Precautions” and “Methods”. For further advice or to consult with a DRAGONBOARD USA representative or to inquire about DRAGONBOARD® instructional seminars, call (732) 662- 6275 or email info@dragonboard.com.


DRAGONBOARD® can be cut, trimmed or shaped using ordinary power tools.
DRAGONBOARD® panels may be fastened to supporting joists or studs using self-drilling, self-countersinking, corrosion-protected, #10 cement board screws. (Contact DRAGONBOARD® technical services for detailed fastener recommendations)

The smooth side of DRAGONBOARD® is suitable for painting with no further preparation. Textured side is suitable for application of ceramic tile. Use either solvent-based oil paint or water-based latex paint.

DRAGONBOARD® is not recommended for prolonged direct exposure to rain or weather. DRAGONBOARD® panels indirectly exposed to the elements, require an application of a prime coat of acrylic-siloxane waterproofing sealant, followed by oil-based paint.

Use solvent-based tile mastic where DRAGONBOARD® is to be used as a mounting substrate for ceramic tile, as in a bath or shower enclosure.

DRAGONBOARD® recommended assemblies consist of interior wall, staircase, ceiling and floor/ceiling assemblies. (For all other applications contact DRAGONBOARD® technical services.)

UL rated fire assemblies can be viewed on www.UL.com under Certifications, key-word DRAGONBOARD® or on the DRAGONBOARD® website, www.dragonboard.com .

*WHEN INSTALLING DRAGONBOARD® FLOORING, ALWAYS INSTALL SMOOTH SIDE UP. When floor joists are installed on greater than 16” centers, contact DRAGONBOARD® technical services for installation guidance. There are many floor design options that can be utilized with DragonBoard® to deliver varying degrees of sound and stiffness performance. Please contact DragonBoard® technical services for assistance with these design options.


• Use caution when handling wet DRAGONBOARD® panels.

• DRAGONBOARD® contains no carcinogenic material. However, a dust mask is always recommended during routing, cutting and/or sanding operations.

• Wear gloves to avoid abrasion injuries.

• Fasteners should be no closer than 2” (50mm) from corners, with the adjoining screw not less than 4”(100 mm) from the same corner.

• Do not install screws at 45° angles on corners.

• Always support board ends by joists.

• Always install any fasteners over supporting structures.

• Fasteners should be no closer than ¾” (19mm) from any edge.

• DRAGONBOARD® is not recommended for overhanging cantilevers.

• Do not install mechanical fasteners (nails, screws, staples, etc) directly to DRAGONBOARD® unless attaching to a stud, joist or mechanical anchor

• The use of “setting” compounds (such as USG Durabond 90) and mesh tape (such as FibaTape) for seams is suggested. Call DRAGONBOARD USA for finishing suggestions.

• To allow for structural movement or flexing of the walls or studs, leave a “nickel” space of approximately 1/16” between the panels. Fill this space completely with joint compound. • Please read completely and understand all installation suggestions.

• Use fasteners designed to be corrosion-resistant and self-countersinking, suitable for cement-board (examples 1 1/4” ITWBUILDEX ‘Rock-On’; DuraSpin; Grabber; UFO, or equals)

• Use winged-tipped screws only when installing over steel studs 16 MSG or thicker


• To minimize board expansion or contraction which could result in joint cracks, before installing DragonBoard®, remove the packaging and allow the panels to acclimate to the room temperature and humidity for 48 hours.

• Replicating your finished room operating temperature and humidity conditions is ideal.

  Building Codes:

Installation must comply with all applicable local, state and federal codes.