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Making a Resilient Home: 3 Reasons to Use Magnesium Oxide Boards

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

When it comes to residential construction, the sheathing board material you choose has a significant influence on the project’s long-term durability and lifespan. You want to choose a material that not only provides the tensile strength to hold up against extreme weather conditions, but also provides good fire, mold and mildew resistance.

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This is why most builders, contractors and engineers today recommend magnesium oxide as one of the best sheathing board material for homes. A technologically advanced building material, magnesium oxide offers superior performance in almost every category when compared to conventional gypsum, cement and wood-based products.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss three reasons why you should opt for magnesium oxide boards when building your new home.

Magnesium Oxide Boards are Impervious to Water

Unlike cement and gypsum boards, that almost always have to be replaced after a flood or even an HVAC system leak, magnesium board’s structural integrity isn’t comprised by exposure to water. Not only is it able to withstand the worst nature can throw at it, but also resists mildew and mold growth after the flood has subsided. This is why magnesium oxide boards are highly popular in areas that are highly susceptible to floods.

Doesn’t Feed Mold and Mildew

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Magnesium oxide board doesn’t mold or decay, and neither does it feed mildew. The same cannot be said for many other sheet building materials on the market. Regardless of what you subject it to, you’ll never find black mold growing on magnesium oxide board. This means that you don’t have to worry about the common health hazards that are commonly associated with traditional gypsum and cement boards. Rashes, sick building syndrome, asthma and other respiratory illnesses are just a few of the known problems that can be caused by mold and mildew growth.

Doesn’t Attract Pest Infestations

To put it in a nutshell, there isn’t anything in a magnesium oxide board that attracts insects and pests. There simply isn’t anything for them to eat, so they just move on. Magnesium oxide is one of the very few building materials on the market that’s one hundred percent termite proof. This allows you to save hundreds of dollars that you’d otherwise be spending on fumigation services. With magnesium oxide boards, you have the peace of mind that your precious home isn’t being eaten from the inside out.

Magmatrix is a trusted supplier of non-combustible, moisture and fire-resistant, asbestos-free Magnesium oxide panels and boards that can be used as drywall, partitions and sheathing boards. Get in touch with us for more information.

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