Mold can be harmful, or just ugly - but with faux panels, you're home is protected. Mold is one of the toughest life-forms in existence. Spread by spores, it can settle and colonize pretty much anywhere that's damp and dark enough. Millions of American households have mold infestation in their basements and other areas - and some become so bad that homeowners are driven from their residence due to mold-related health issues. That's one advantage to our synthetic products - they're incredibly resistant to mold. Because they're made from high density polyurethane foam, mold not only has a hard time establishing itself on the panels in the first place; but it can be wiped off easily even if it does. Polyurethane is a closed-cell plastic; and that means the material will never be permanently discolored by mold. Wellington Reclaimed Barn Board looks just like real wood - but is mold free. The same can't be said for other siding and paneling options. In fact, some homeowners actually bring mold into their homes when they add accent pieces made from products like reclaimed wood. While reclaimed wood can look fantastic, there's no telling where the wood was originally sourced from - and because it's porous, wood is a great place for spores to settle, and for mold to grow. It's also an issue when similar products are used outside. Mold can be a real problem on the shady side of houses, out of direct sunlight, and that makes using our products as external siding a smart option. Regency Stacked Stone Iced Coffee Panel is similarly resistant to mold. You get the option of vividly-textured siding that is practically indistinguishable from real wood, brick or stone - yet it's cheaper and easier to install, and generally much more resistant to the elements. Give a thought to your design projects, and think about the risk of mold. In areas out of direct sunlight, with high humidity, going faux could help serve as the first line of defense against mold infestation.