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Protect Your Bathroom Investment

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Moisture Proof Bathroom


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Tools & Materials

Cement board
Moisture-, mold-, and mildew-resistant drywall
Tile or stone
Mildew-resistant grout and caulk
Mildew-resistant primer and/or wall paint

Tips for Protecting Your Bathroom

TIP: Bathroom Investments add value to a home.

TIP: Popular upgrades include tile, stone, multiple showerheads, steam enclosures.

TIP: To protect investment from increased moisture, start at the base.

1. In critical, wet areas around tub and shower, install cement board designed for long-term exposure to moisture and humidity.

TIP: Traditional green board is no longer approved by most building codes.

TIP: Cement board can protect tile or stone on walls and floors over the long run.

2. In other parts of the bathroom, use wallboard with moisture, mold, and mildew resistance in the core.

TIP: Pay particular attention to high humidity areas behind mirrors, sinks, and vanities.

TIP: Adding an exhaust fan can also help control moisture.

3. Install mildew-resistant caulk and grout.

4. Paint walls with mildew-resistant primer and paint.