Project #136 | HGTV’s The Builder Boss, The Bunker Episode, ON

Project: HGTV’s The Builder Boss, The Bunker Episode, ON


A unique and high profile project of a subterranean addition featured on HGTV’s Builder Boss program required exterior tile application over top of new living space, and waterproofing was the critical step to protect the new construction and ensure success of the project.

Not only did the waterproofing need to perform as roofing grade waterproof protection, but it also needed to be able to provide a walkable surface and accept the application of outdoor tile. Plus, it has to perform all of these functions in a climate with extreme temperature fluctuations.


Jim Caruk, the Builder Boss, called in the Duradek professionals to install Duradek’s Tiledek on the new roof top patio of this project. Tiledek provides the guaranteed waterproofing performance and it is manufactured with a textured cloth surface that will allow the proper adhesion of outdoor tile with a thin-set mortar.

Applied according to industry standards for proper assembly, this build-up of substrate, waterproof underlayment membrane, mortar and tile will keep the tile surface stable and the waterproofing intact.


Exterior tile jobs are often considered a nuisance project and many contractors will shy away from them, no matter how visually appealing tile surfaces can be. With Tiledek’s 10-year waterproofing warranty and professional installation, Stonemasons can practice their craft with the assurance that their work will not have to be pulled up for waterproofing repairs.

View or download the .pdf version of Case History #136 for complete case history with installer details and before and after images.

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