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Can you suggest a product we could use in place of sheetrock for finishing off our patio? Thank you.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 06, 2014 01:03 AM
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I am highly sensitive to mold toxins and to chemicals such as formaldehyde, solvents, etc. We have a patio that has been framed, but not insulated and finished off. The patio's concrete slab is at ground level and some moisture was coming in during heavy rainfalls. We cleaned out the downspouts and caulked everything a second time and have not seen moisture in the slab since then. However, we are still hesitant to use sheet rock because of the potential for mold growth. Similar thoughts on wood and wood paneling. Someone had suggested Hardie board or T-111 but we are concerned about outgassing. Are there any sheet rock alternatives that would be mold-resistant and have minimal outgassing? Also wondering about mold resistance and outgassing from the insulation.




 

 

I am highly sensitive to mold toxins and to chemicals such as formaldehyde, solvents, etc. We have a patio that has been framed, but not insulated and finished off. The patio's concrete slab is at ground level and some moisture was coming in during heavy rainfalls. We cleaned out the downspouts and caulked everything a second time and have not seen moisture in the slab since then. However, we are still hesitant to use sheet rock because of the potential for mold growth. Similar thoughts on wood and wood paneling. Someone had suggested Hardie board or T-111 but we are concerned about outgassing. Are there any sheet rock alternatives that would be mold-resistant and have minimal outgassing? Also wondering about mold resistance and outgassing from the insulation.

If you like the look of sheetrock - check out DensArmor, it is fiberglass faced on both sides eliminating the "food" portion. Hardie board is really good & I don't...


 

 

 
 
 

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