Mold can cause a major issue at your home or business. With the damage, it can cause to your property and the threat it poses to your health, it is important to avoid it at all costs.
One thing you can do to help prevent mold growth is to use mold-resistant drywall.
It is important to know how mold grows and how it can affect the structure of your home. Mold develops in areas where there is a lot of moisture. It can easily affect standard paper-faced drywall, especially when it stays wet for a while. There are different types of mold that can develop on your property, however, installing mold-resistant drywall in specific areas can help you avoid it altogether.
This type of drywall works because it contains fewer materials that attract mold. Mold-resistant drywall does not use paper facing. There are two forms of mold-resistant drywall available, drywall with gypsum core and fiberglass facing and homogenous drywall with gypsum material throughout.
- Fiberglass-facing drywall is mold resistant as it is made of fiberglass that holds less moisture than traditional drywall.
- Homogenous drywall is fully made of gypsum material, and it has no layers. Since there is no exterior face on the drywall, there is no paper or other material that can stay wet.
Aside from mold-resistant drywall, there are also fire-resistant, impact-resistant, and sound-resistant variations of drywall that help the structure of your property with various capabilities for different areas.
In what areas of your home should you use mold-resistant drywall?
The best area to use mold-resistant drywall is in bathrooms and laundry rooms because these areas are the most affected by excess moisture. In these areas, the walls and ceilings can stay moist due to the humidity, and therefore mold-resistant drywall helps keep mold away.
You should be aware that mold-resistant drywall is more costly than standard drywall, however, it does save your property from mold damage, which can be extremely costly to fix. Although it is not a guarantee that you will completely prevent mold at your property if you use mold-resistant drywall, it does decrease the chance of this happening.
There is a more economical option of mold-resistant drywall that is not as commonly used or effective as other types of mold-resistant drywall, but it can be used in bathrooms or other high-humidity areas of your home. After you’ve used it, you would need to coat it with heavy-duty paint. Keep in mind that moisture-resistant drywall or green board are effective replacements for cement boards.
Pros and Cons of Mold-Resistant Drywall
- It is resistant to moisture and mold
- It is easy to install
- It is easy to repair
- It is more expensive than traditional drywall
- It is not guaranteed that it will prevent mold on your property
Cost of Mold-Resistant Drywall
Since mold-resistant drywall has resistance to moisture, it is 50 percent more expensive than standard drywall. For example sheets of ½ inch, and a 4 x 8-foot standard drywall is sold for about $9 at big box home improvement centers, while mold-resistant drywall is about $12 per sheet.
Other Things to Know about Mold-Resistant Drywall
- This type of drywall is easy to care for. It is important to keep it clean and paint it periodically so that it is protected from moisture. Just like standard drywall, it is brittle and can be cracked or damaged, however, it is also easy to repair as the area can be taped and refinished or a new drywall patch can be installed.
- It is commonly used in basic homes and luxury construction. It accepts paint, wallpaper, or textured skim-coat plaster. It is however not a replacement for cement board as a backing material used for placing ceramic tiles.
- The installation of mold-resistant drywall is like installing standard drywall. The panels of drywall will need to be nailed or screwed to the framing and then the joints between the panels will be covered with drywall tape and finished with a few coats of taping compound which will need to be sanded between coats. Also, baseboards and other trim are nailed in place after drywall is installed. Once all of these steps are completed, it can be painted. Since this type of drywall is generally used in humid areas of your home, it is best to use primer and paint that have good mold resistance properties.
Removing Mold from Drywall
Have you experienced mold at your home or business? It is important to call experts in mold removal and mold remediation. Highly trained professionals will locate the issue that caused the mold and promptly remove it so it does not spread further.
If you are dealing with drywall damage at your home or business due to a flood or other type of water issue, a professional drywall contractor can help. They will get the job done quickly. Even if you have mold-resistant drywall, you can still experience mold issues in some cases. This is why it is important to react quickly and get it repaired.
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About Luke Armstrong
Expert in emergency fire and Hutto water restoration services, fire cleanup and Hutto water damage cleanup, mold removal, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Contributor to several restoration and cleaning blogs.