Later this month, USG will begin the rollout of its new SHEETROCK-brand Mold Tough gypsum panels, designed to inhibit mold growth by treating both the paper and core of the board for moisture protection. The rollout, which will begin in the Northeast, will continue through the spring and summer. Once released in a specific area, Mold Tough will replace two current Sheetrock products, Humitek and water resistant green board, both of which are being phased out.

By treating both the paper and the core of the board, USG has taken the “belt and suspenders” approach, according to John Pappas, product marketing manager for USG. “This gives us the best of both worlds in one great panel.”

The boards are being marketed as an alternative in residential and commercial construction alike for areas, such as basements and bathrooms, which are prone to higher moisture levels. Unlike other USG products such as DUROCK and FIBERROCK, both of which are designed to be tile backers and underlayments, MOLD TOUGH is designed for those areas that would receive a painted finish. Company officials say the board is designed to look, feel and finish like standard drywall panels with no special tools or compounds.

Once available, MOLD TOUGH panels are expected to cost approximately 20 percent to 30 percent more than standard green board panels, which is about the same price point of HUMITEK.

MOLD TOUGH panels will be released in 1/2-, 5/8-, 3/4- and 1-inch thicknesses in a variety of lengths.