When building a home, it’s best to be smart about the materials you select. Let’s face it, buying a home is not cheap. So when you do purchase a home, it’s best to be wise regarding the components of your house. After all, this is an investment that you want to survive through the years. One constant enemy of that goal is water damage. So it’s best to be aware of what you can build your house with to resist water damage as much as possible.
Not all materials are created equal. Not all of them also perform the same in the same circumstances. The material you select needs to pass these questions:
- Will this perform well in a flood?
- How long does this dry out when wet?
- Has this material been proven to be durable?
- Is this particular medium readily available in my area?
These questions should help guide you on which materials should pass or fail your selection. When selecting your home’s raw material, it’s best to choose them based on location and compatibility with other types of mediums you’ve chosen. Their availability should also be a key factor in your decision making. Today, we’ll be listing off a few examples of moisture resistant mediums that would go well in a home.
Moisture Resistant Wall Materials
- Natural solid or veneer stone with waterproofing
- Cast stone with waterproof mortar
- Plaster with metal lath
- Corrosion-resistant metal
- Rubber mold epoxy polyamide adhesive or latex hydraulic cement
When choosing what to build your walls with, it’s important to consider their durability and natural capability for absorption. Studies have shown that quick-setting joint compound and fiberglass tape may be able to withstand water and flood events much better than regular drywall joint compound and paper tape.
Moisture Resistant Insulation Materials
- Fiberglass insulation
- Foam or closed-cell rigid insulation
Fiberglass insulation has been proven to resist water damage and surface mold growth. It is important to note that in certain occurrences, fiberglass may trap and hold water.
As for foam insulation, this type is fairly successful in resisting mold and does not hold water so this allows the wall to drain and dry relatively well.
Moisture Resistant Flooring Materials
- Non-porous stone, slate, or cast stone
- Clay tile, quarry tile, terrazzo, or ceramic tiles
- Redwood, Cedar, Bald Cypress
- Mastic or silicone, epoxy, or polyurethane
- Porcelain tiles
A general advice to follow if it’s good enough to place outside your home, its variants will be a good fit for your home. Outdoor material are subjected to pretty tough conditions. So if they perform well out there, imagine how well they’ll do in your home where conditions aren’t are harsh.
Now, even with water resistant materials in a home, water damage can still happen if proper precautions aren’t taken. Imagine you’re building a fortress where all the pieces need to work together in order to be impenetrable. Don’t limit yourself to material that will limit water damage. Be proactive when it comes to maintenance and treatments that can help increase your home’s protection against water damage.
To avoid having a tough time, it’s always best to consult experts!