Moisture management and mold resistance

| by Vicki Frye
Moisture management and mold resistance

For mold to grow it needs air, water, warmth, and organic material on which to feed. Mold in a home can make its inhabitants uncomfortable and increases the risk of respiratory illness. Aside from its health effects, mold can severely damage structures if allowed to multiply unabated. The key to controlling mold starts with prevention.

Building a home with a tight seal against the elements helps to protect the level of moisture that makes its way into the structure and is often the first line of defense for moisture control, which is likewise the first defense against mold. This happens by making sure that the roof, gutters, walls, flooring, and insulation are intact and in good condition. Using building materials such as Ply Gem’s stone veneers helps offer resistance to both moisture and mold. Finishing the space with good windows, doors, and mold resistant paint adds an additional layer of protection against these issues.

Using good ventilation and dehumidifiers may also be necessary to control the level of moisture, especially for those who live in damp or humid environments.

Topics: Exteriors, Indoor Air Quality

Vicki Frye
Vicki Frye is the director of Corporate Marketing Communications at Ply Gem, North America’s leading exterior building products manufacturer. From performance siding & accessories to energy efficient windows & patio doors, durable engineered roofing and more, Ply Gem offers low maintenance home exterior design solutions that enhance curb appeal while also increasing energy efficiency. www

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