Use Mold-Proof Drywall in a Bathroom
LESLIE: Shirley in Illinois is working on the bathroom. How can we help you with the project?
SHIRLEY: Yes, I wanted to put a bathroom in downstairs …
SHIRLEY: … in my basement. And I was wondering if I could just go ahead and put the shower stall, the toilet and the sink in before the drywall or does the drywall have to go up first?
TOM: Ah, good question. Well, the shower stall usually goes in before the drywall because that typically gets attached right to the framing. And then the drywall goes on top of that.
Are you using a one piece shower stall?
SHIRLEY: Yes, that’s what I was going to get.
TOM: OK. Let me give you a recommendation and that is to not put drywall in there, which can be mold food. We would recommend a product called Dens Armor or Dens Armor Plus. It’s basically a drywall but it has no organic material in it. It has a fiberglass surface.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. Which is a very durable coating which is resistant to moisture damage and resistant to mold growth, which anywhere – if you’re putting up any drywall and you’re starting from scratch and you’re doing any work in a bathroom or below grade where you get a lot of humidity, it makes a ton of sense. And the cost is very minimal above the cost of paper faced.
TOM: (overlapping voices) Very minimal. Yep, exactly.
There’s a website called StopFeedingMold.com that you really should take a look at Shirley and it’ll give you the details there. But it’s a great product; very inexpensive and makes so much sense because there’s no point putting traditional drywall in a bathroom. You should always use this Dens Armor Plus now product because it’s just so effective.
SHIRLEY: Dens Armor. This is D-e-n.
TOM: Dens. D-e-n-s Armor. It’s made by Georgia-Pacific.
Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.