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Read this entire page - there is a very interesting 8 minute video at the bottom of this page.
This page could save you from making a very hazardous drywall decision.

 

These are some common misconceptions about using drywall in a basement...

. . . drywall has been used for years in basements.
That is because, other than paneling (which is also a food source for mold) nothing else was available.
 
. . . I know of a drywall basement that has been done for years and it still looks fine.
A drywall finished basement might appear to be OK on the surface. Can you really be sure that there is no mold growing behind the drywall, between the drywall and the foundation of the basement?
 
. . . I can get a drywall finished basement for less than one of these basement finishing systems.
That is absolutely not true. When comparing apples to apples, if a drywall finished basement was able to offer you all of the features and benefits of a basement finishing system, the drywall finished basement would actually cost more. Additionally, when someone decides to go with a drywall finished basement becuase they think that it costs less, they can count on spending more money in their basement at a later date - due to damage from moisture.
   

Your basement is a naturally damp and moist environment.

Wood studs in your basement are a food source for mold and drywall is made up of paper and cellulose - organic materials that are also food sources for mold.

   

Let's take a look at what USG - a drywall manufacturer - says about using their product

If we use drywall in a basement, how can we keep it away from moisture?
 
Click the PLAY button below to watch the 8 minute video.
You are about to see what happens when drywall is used in a basement
against the manufacturer's installation recommendations.
 

 

New technology has made the use of drywall in a basement obsolete.

We use removable, insulated, acoustical wall panels . . .

 

 



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