Where and When to Install Moisture and Mold Resistant Drywall

11. February 2013 23:00 by 1800 Drywall in Tips & Advice  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Where and When to Install Moisture and Mold Resistant Drywall

Just about the only other organism that loves paper just as much as we do is mold. When you put up your drywall and get water on it, it's like building a condominium and giving out free food for life – the area will get populated. The best way to stop creating prime real estate for mold is to ensure you have the proper type of drywall in your home.

The Case for Your Space

Drywall comes in a variety of different forms. Most people are familiar with Gypsum-board, which is not waterproof and provides no resistance to the outside elements. If you are concerned about moisture or mold, you will need to invest in moisture and mold resistance drywall, so you can keep the outside, outside.

If you're thinking about getting drywall and aren't sure whether or not you need moisture resistant or regular, think about whether or not you are in a space that can easily leak moisture or not.

Green or Gray?

Basements are a common culprit of moisture and mold sweating. The same way that you see moisture build up on the outside of a glass, the temperature outside has the potential to create moisture or mold on the inside of your home. This is a classic case of somewhere you would want to get some resistant drywall.

Most of us love a hot shower on a cold day. The longer that heat remains on, the more moisture is created that can seep into walls in your home. Your bathroom can be a hotbed for moisture; thus, a great breeding ground for mold. Using moisture resistant drywall can be used as a preventative measure against the build-up of mold in your home. Of course, there are situations in the bathroom that drywall could make worse, such as putting water resistant drywall behind ceramic tiles.

Do you have a finished attic? Your roof is exposed to the elements every day of the year, and this means that there is a good chance there will be damage to it at some point. With your attic just below, it might be a good idea to use the drywall that will protect whatever you've put in your attic.

Should you have regular drywall in your home and encounter moisture or mold issue, when replacing the drywall, it is probably best to replace it with drywall that can prevent this problem in the future.

Drywall in Paint Form?

There may be those of us out there who believe that if they simply put enough paint over the drywall, it will act as a sealant and prevent them from having to invest in resistant drywall. The truth is: if any moisture or mold seeps through the paint, you've just wasted a boat-load of paint and drywall, and you'll now have to pay for more drywall – hopefully, the right stuff this time.

Knowing which drywall to use at which time can save you money, and I mean thousands of dollars in preventable repairs. It's worth it spending the extra few bucks and getting yourself the right stuff.

Best products for soundproofing a room

6. February 2013 02:03 by 1800 Drywall in Insulation  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

soundproof a room

If you need to soundproof a room in your home, there are a few products worth checking out. To reduce noise coming in from external factors and to prevent sound from travelling inside a space, a few things can be done. A quiet room is relaxing and inviting, and for many homeowners it is also a key selling point. If you live in the city or anywhere where noise can be an issue, soundproofing a room is a great way to increase equity and make your home more attractive to buyers. It is definitely an investment to consider.

In general, the things that will work best in this respect are the thickness and insulation capacity of your walls. There are many specialty insulation products that are designed specifically for soundproofing. These materials are used in a range of applications, including sound studios and theater rooms. Most people are surprised at how effective insulation alone for keeping sound out as well as minimizing its effect inside a space. Here are some of the best products available for soundproofing.

The Best Soundproofing Products

  • Roxul Safe’N’Sound
  • OC QuietZone
  • Mass Loaded Vinyl
  • Green Glue & Drywall

Roxul Safe’N’Sound is a type of wall insulation that is perfect for residential and commercial application. It is made out of steel wool, which is known for its noise absorption properties. It is lightweight and non-combustible, which is always something you want to look out for. This insulation can be installing in walls or ceilings; it is versatile and effective.

OC QuietZone is another type of wall insulation; it is mostly made from recycled materials and has excellent sound dampening capabilities. It is meant to be used in residential construction applications where framing spaces are 16” apart. The key benefit to this product is that it can be installed in floors as well as walls and ceilings. This is perfect if you live on an upper level apartment or condo, or if you simply want to keep things quiet between the levels in your home.

Mass Loaded Vinyl is a specialty product that is installed directly on drywall. It is a heavy-duty vinyl rubber that absorbs a significant amount of noise in addition to preventing external sounds from coming in. Be sure to consult a contractor if you are unsure of how to install this material. It is not something that should be attempted alone, as the vinyl is heavy and needs to be placed correctly on the drywall.

Green Glue & Drywall is another material that is added to drywall; it basically is a type of glue that is added between layers of drywall to increase sound dampening. It goes directly between the layers to provide an extra barrier. Green Glue is often considered one of the best products in this regard, as it is cost-effective and it works great.

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