Protect Your Home with 5 Mold-Resistant Materials

1. Drywall

You may have heard of green board, which is often used in basements or bathrooms where moisture can be present. It is cheaper than mold-resistant drywall and less effective. If you really want to inhibit mold growth, invest in mold-resistant drywall. It is not a guarantee that it will be mold-free, but it does not have layers and is made of materials that naturally resist mold.

2. Fungicide Paint

Treat your paint with mildew and mold resistant solutions, and it may also resist bugs. It adds a bit of cost to each gallon of paint, so if you can’t afford it, use it only in areas that are more susceptible to molds such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.

3. Insulation

Vapor barriers are common in attics to reduce the chance that moisture will get into the home, but there is also insulation that is made to resist mold. It is treated with a fungicide, and some are even registered by the EPA.

4. Caulk

Silicone caulk is more resistant to mold than other types of caulk, but some caulk is treated with a biocide that makes it even more resistant to mold. With regular cleaning, the silicone caulk may remain mold free for a decade without re-caulking. Imagine that!

5. Mattress

Many people don’t think about their mattress as a mold haven, but it can collect mold in a situation where it will thrive. Think about how much time you spend with your face close to your mattress. This is why it is important to get a mold-resistant mattress. Hypoallergenic mattresses are available, but it might be easier to invest in a mattress cover that will protect you from harm from mold, mildew, and other allergens.

If you know that you are sensitive to mold presence or have a history of mold in your house, it is wise to invest in some mold-resistant materials that will help prevent recurrences of mold infestation. It is also wise to consult with a mold remediation specialist to make sure your home is freed of any risky environmental factors that could cause mold spores to start spreading.

Especially in the case of black mold, mold infestations can be a serious health risk. Mold removal can be costly if left to grow, and a person can end up with sections of wall, insulation, and carpet removed and destroyed. Investing in a few mold-resistant items like those listed above could actually end up saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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