Last week, we spoke about the danger of bringing termites into your home through the use of reclaimed wood from improper sources. Another danger we only touched upon? Mold. "Going faux" can go a long way to prevent mold growth in your home. Mold can cause life-threatening health issues in your home. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow pretty much anywhere that it's damp and dark. In fact, if you head down to your basement right now, you might find patches of the dark mold growing on the drywall or bricks. What people don't know is that mold can cause serious health issues - from itchy eyes and allergies, to permanent and dangerous lung issues. Some people have literally been driven from their homes by mold - having to abandon absolutely everything they own to eliminate the risk of taking the dangerous spores with them. While you can't eliminate the dangers of mold completely, most homeowners are fairly safe in dry, well-lit homes. Mold has to enter your house via spores; and land in a place where the mold can grow. While our polyurethane beams are vividly realistic, and resemble aged wood, they are free from mold, and inhospitable to mold spores. But one possible source of these spores could be the reclaimed wood many designers and homeowners bring into their house, to create timber beams and wooden fixtures. Reclaimed wood - taken from demolished buildings, ships and barns - can often contain spores, and since there's no regulation about how reclaimed wood is treated prior to being sold, it can introduce a mold infestation to a previously safe house. This is one of the reasons why 'going faux' provides an advantage. Rather than using wood from questionable sources, our faux beams and planks are replicas, made from high density polyurethane foam. While they look practically indistinguishable from the real thing, the beams are produced free-from-mold, and are made a substance that is totally inhospitable to common mold infestations. We also offer reclaimed wood beams, which are manufactured to resemble solid timber. Because of this, they are treated and inspected for mold. If that still doesn't sound appealing, FauxWoodBeams.com also offers beams made from reclaimed wood - but because we treat and build out the beams prior to sale, you can purchase them with the reassurance that the only thing you'll be bringing into your home is elegant, timeless styling. Given the health risks of mold, 'going faux' or choosing our trusted reclaimed wood is a much better option that sourcing materials from places that might pose a risk to your home and family.