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    Post: Re: Mold Prevention coatings applied during new construction

    Posted by Rick Wald on 6/29/05

    When it comes to mold in the building and construction
    industry you could say the media hype has perhaps gone a
    little overboard. There are a lot of companies out there
    offering spray on protection, most of these companies are
    capitalizing on consumer fear of the mold problem which
    has been over hyped by the media. The problem with the
    mircoshield type companies is they offer a service that
    nobody really knows if it works or not. Furthermore, they
    back up their products with warranties that often times
    exclude mold growth and have a list of exclusions as long
    as your arm.

    The building industry is starting to shift when it comes
    to mold and moisture protection. Where wood and water are
    mixed, it rarely is a question of “if mold will appear”
    it’s a matter of when, and often times its long after the
    lumber has been sealed in a wall between plastic and a
    very low perm exterior wall sheathing. Hoping it remains
    undetected is not a defense against mold. Open
    discussions regarding the nature of building materials,
    the practicalities of building in a varied climate and
    exposure to new products specifically designed with the
    home owners’ or building owners’ best interest in mind is
    what consumers are looking for.

    No matter how careful a builder is, the inherent nature of
    wood supports mold growth. This growth is compounded when
    wood is exposed to bulk water and prohibited from drying

    Lumber is most vulnerable to mold when it’s up against the
    elements, stacked on top of dirt and mud and exposed to
    rain during framing.

    The industry has answered back to mold concerns with new
    revolutionary products like the G.P. DensArmor paperless
    wall board and MoldBlock Treated Lumber. These products
    prevent mold growth within the exterior envelope of the
    structure, they are ordered and available through every
    contractor yard and home center and allow the builder to
    offer warrantable mold protection without having to deal
    with additional crews or sub-contractors. Products like
    MoldBlock Lumber and Dens Armor cost the same as untreated
    lumber and regular paper wall board so cost is not a
    factor at all.

    You'll see manufactures pre-treat material directly from
    the mill which can be seamlessly incorporated into any
    builders system become the industry standard when it comes
    to addressing mold in construction.

    To summarize; You don't need to kill a fly with a
    sludgehammer. You don't need to hire someone to spray
    your home during the construction process to prevent
    mold. Just use the new products that are available in
    constructing the exterior envelope that provide
    warrantable mold protection. They cost the same and work.


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