Can I use cork as a ceiling in a basement that had mold removed professionally and not worry about mold again?

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Can I use cork as a ceiling in a basement that had mold removed professionally and not worry about mold again?

Asked by linda

had basement completely unconstructed because of mold issues

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Harold Remlinger, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB's picture

Cork is an expensive material for a ceiling and would require a substrate to be applied first to which the cork can be adhered.

  • If there is a presence of moisture, cork being of a natural material will absorb the moisture.
  • I would look into using a mold resistant gypsum board.

Gypsum is cost effective and allows you to apply color to it which could brighten up a basement (depending on the quantity of windows).

For more information:

Read "Can a cork floor in the basement hold up if there would be excess water?" a Q&A answered by Joel Hirshberg.