What Is Mold Resistant Wallboard?

If you've read a few of my articles, you know that I have worked in the construction business for over 30 years. I've seen building products come and go as manufacturers of these products change their names, start making different building materials or simply vanish and go out of business. Could mold resistant wallboard be one of these products?

I want you to picture yourself as an intelligent consumer. Not the average consumer who gets caught up in all the hype. We're going to try to get to the bottom of this and find out what the advantages and disadvantages of mold resistant wallboard could actually be.

The word mold resistant to a building product manufacturer is like money in the bank. Water resistant is another word that works great to. Mold resistance and water resistant word phrases give the consumers an illusion that these products are mold and waterproof. Clever word phrases like these often paint pictures in people's minds that might be confusing.

If you're using mold resistant wallboard and mold never grew on the wallboard. What would we do about the other building products that are either attached to this product or that this product attaches to? If we're attaching our mold resistant drywall to wood framing, wouldn't our wood framing suffer from mold problems, even though the wallboard wouldn't?

I'm just giving you something to think about here. The plaster or joint compound used to finish the drywall might not be mold resistance, so we could end up with mold growing on our mold resistant wallboard, because of our plaster or joint compound.

That's not it though, what about the paint. I've seen mold growing underneath paint also. What about the wall texture? In other words, to make a long story short, I think we need to give it a little more thought, the next time we purchase any mold resistant or water resistant products from our local lumber yards or home improvement centers.

Smart consumers usually purchase products that make sense.