Monday, November 8, 2010 4:45 PM EST
Hi Bryan, Thank you for all your advice and tips through your TV shows and the Lowe’s website. You’ve been an invaluable resource in helping me reno our first home…thank goodness it’s only a bungalow.
I’ve gutted our basement, sealed all cracks, put up foam board insulation, and have the studs ready. The electrical is being done and the next step after is to drywall. I was thinking of spending a bit more to put in the mold resistant drywall. What is your opinion on this stuff in relation to regular drywall in the basement? Is it worth the added cost? And if so, does it work the same as regular drywall when it comes to mudding, painting, etc?
Thanks a bunch, Trevor
Hi Trevor, and thanks!
You are just about at the ‘fun’ part. No matter how well you’ve sealed and insulated your basement, the truth is you’ll always have higher humidity down there than in the rest of the house. I’d definitely recommend using paperless drywall – I used Densarmor in my entire house, and I’ll never have to worry about mold or moisture.
Densarmor is also quite a bit stonger than standard paper faced drywall, which means it’s also resistant to kids and flying objects! Mold eats organic material, and paper is definitely on the menu. Finishing fiberglass faced drywall is pretty much the same as regular drywall. The only small difference is that you’ll want to use a high volume solids primer – Valspar has a great latex based, low VOC primer for this. The high volume solids will make the rougher surface of the fiberglass as smooth as paper.
You can also give your walls a quick sand to smooth them out prior to priming. When the wall is finished, you can’t tell the difference – but add in a few years and a bit of moisture, that’s when you see a difference. Spending a few extra bucks in the basement now can help prevent the possibility of having to replace drywall down there in the future.
Hope that helps – have fun, and remember to turn off your furnace when you’re sanding!!