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.

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