Drywall: Cheap and Dirty

By: Jacques Bouchard
Thebottom line is this:? a basement environment is different than anyother place in the home, and drywall is simply not made for thisenvironment.? If you install drywall into a basement, it’s probably notgoing to work, and even if it does, it won’t be the best buildingmaterial for the job.? Below are four good reasons to drop drywall fromyour basement finishing plan.Holding its OwnWhenit comes to shelves, cabinets, or anything else that weighs over 10pounds, drywall is in for a real challenge.?? Generally, this meansthat you’ll have to find wall studs to use to mount the weight, whichcan be a difficult and imperfect process.? You’ll be limited to placeswhere studs are located and will find yourself at the mercy ofsometimes unevenly spaced studs.Unfortunately, it’s verypopular to want to mount things such as shelves, cabinets, pictures, orperhaps a plasma TV on finished basement walls.? And just as easily asit crumbles under too much weight, it’s very easy for you, yourchildren, or a well-placed doorknob to leave an unsightly hole in it.There are hardboard wall panels such as?Total Basement Finishing’s Wall Panelswith dense foam insulation available that can have things mounted atany point on the wall with no need to find a stud.? Because thesepanels are free-standing, they’re also ideal for adding wall partitionsfor a bedroom or extra closet.Drywall DustDealing withdrywall dust woes is probably the most painful part of a basementremodeling.? Drywall installation is dirty work!? As the heavy panelsare cut to fit your basement, a thick and extremely fine dust will coateverything in the area.? The dust is invasive and can kill ordinaryvacuum motors as it quickly clogs their filters and causes the motor towork too hard and overheat.? Professional drywall vacuums cost about$650, which is impractical for a homeowner and not often used byprofessionals.? On top of that, the gypsum in drywall is irritating toeyes, lungs, and sinuses.? Drywall should be installed carefully- withmasks, goggles and gloves.? Whenever possible, drywall dust should becleaned up immediately after installation.Service and Renovation WoesDrywallceilings in a finished basement are a nightmare when it comes time toservice or renovate a basement.? Drywall ceilings provide poor accessto pipes and wiring when they need to be serviced or new ones need tobe installed.? Occasionally, the drywall may even need to be removed ordamaged for the sake of the job.? While a service panel will make thisaccess easier, it can’t replace a drop ceiling, where every ceilingtile doubles as a service point.? To make matters worse, installingheavy sheet rock on the ceiling can be a work-intensive and expensiveprocess, and if you later decide to renovate the basement or the firstfloor of your house, you’ll spend hours and hours running wires andpipes under the floor and learning where already existing ones lead asyou’re remodeling.? And there’s a reason that drywall is filling uplandfills all over the country!? It’s constantly being replaced andreinstalled as water from a leaking basement, plumbing leaks, andmoisture from concrete basement walls, mold, and impact damage ruin it.Black Mold BluesEvenmold and moisture-resistant drywall does not stand by their claim witha warranty.? Why?? Because drywall is made of a core of gypsum laidbetween layers of heavy processed paper.? This paper provides food formold.? As mold grows on your drywall, it becomes increasinglyaesthetically unattractive.? Signs of mold include peeling and crackingpaint, bulging behind the paint, musty smells, and discolored walls.?Drywall can support the growth of toxic black mold as well, which isparticularly dangerous.? But even when toxic molds are not present,mold spores in the air can agitate asthma, and cause breathing problemsas well as other health issues.? Very often, the entire drywallinstallation may need to be removed and replaced by a trainedprofessional.A Better SolutionTotal Basement Finishing hasproducts that are guaranteed to be mold-resistant that are madespecifically for the basement environment.? Their wall panels and ceiling tilesare perfect for a basement finishing project.? Our products installcleanly without the mess of drywall, make service easy, and our wallpanels can hold 300 pounds per panel without a problem!? We offer freeestimatesArticle Submission, and we’d love to help you!

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