Great Tips On Basement Finishing

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>> Make the Most of Your Basement Space by Refinishing it. >> Moisture Proofing Your Basement During Finishing is Vital. >> The Most Reliable Way to Finish Basement Walls. >> The Best Flooring for Your Basement.


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Great Tips On Basement Finishing

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Synopsis Make the Most of Your Basement Space by Refinishing it Moisture Proofing Your Basement During Finishing is Vital The Most Reliable Way to Finish Basement Walls The Best Flooring for Your Basement

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Make the Most of Your Basement Space by Refinishing it  Evaluate Your Basement  The first step is making sure that you can finish up your basement at all. In order to be a good basement for finishing it needs to be dry and tall enough to easily stand within. As long as it meets those two requirements you should be able to create some sort of finished space using your basement.  Invest in Quality Flooring  Basement flooring is a bit more difficult to choose than standard flooring that’s because basements are known for being cold uneven and a bit damp. Your flooring material must be able to hold up to damp conditions while offering some protection from the cold of the basement floor. There are special PVC carpet and tile floors that are ideal for use in a basement setting. Make sure that you have a good vapour barrier in place underneath your flooring or that the flooring itself comes with a vapour barrier to protect against the damp conditions and choose flooring that complements the space and makes it feel more finished.

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Make the Most of Your Basement Space by Refinishing it  Invest in Basement Wall Paneling  It’s standard practice to frame basement walls with pressure treated wood but even high quality wooden studs can rot out over time and lead to issues with mould and mildew. There are special basement wall panels that serve as decoration while adding a vapour barrier to the concrete walls of your basement. These specialty walls are known for their durability and can be purchased in different colors and styles to suit your needs.  Consider a Drop Ceiling  Drop ceilings are one of the best ways to finish the ceiling of your basement to give it a nice quality appearance. These ceilings are simple to install and they offer a clean look while still providing access to all the ducts and pipes within the basement. You’ll still be able to maintain your home effectively wit the ceiling in place but your basement will look much more upscale than it does originally.  Add Lighting and Décor  The final steps of finishing your basement space include adding new lighting and finishing accents. Add furniture to decorate your new space and consider working in light fixtures that give your space a modern look that blends with the style that you’ve chosen for your finished basement.

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Moisture Proofing Your Basement During Finishing is Vital  Waterproof Floors  It’s always a good idea to apply a concrete sealer to the concrete floors throughout your basement but often that alone isn’t enough to keep your space moisture free. It’s important to have a moisture-resistant flooring solution put into your basement as well. Something like glue-down vinyl works really well in a basement. Also ceramic tiles do pretty well in a basement environment. It’s important that the solution you have added is designed to stand up to moisture over time. You should also have a vapour barrier installed under your floors such as plastic sheeting. This helps prevent any seepage from the concrete from reaching your flooring and causing problems with it over time. It’s vital that you take the time to properly seal up your floors and make sure they are protected from moisture over time in your basement.  Waterproof Walls  The walls of your basement also need to be able to stand up to moisture at least the exterior ones.

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Moisture Proofing Your Basement During Finishing is Vital  Any walls that will be coming up against the concrete of your basement must be designed to hold up to damp conditions well. There are special wall panels designed just for basement use but you dont necessarily have to use them. You can rely on these waterproof panels or you can go with something traditional like drywall and wooden studs you just need to make sure you take the time to carefully apply a vapour barrier before the wood is installed. It’s also best to go with an insulator like foam board that won’t be damaged by water contact. Fiberglass insulation is a poor option for such an environment.  Consider a Dehumidifier  In some basements a bit of condensation is normal and higher humidity levels are common as well. These issues aren’t serious but they can lead to uncomfortable conditions in the space and even some light mould issues in the future. That’s where a dehumidifier comes into play. A good quality dehumidifier attached to a drain system in your home can keep your basement from becoming too damp over time. It will remove excess moisture in the air of your space and keep everything comfortable and mold free over time.

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The Most Reliable Way to Finish Basement Walls  Choosing a Waterproof Insulator  Your finished basement probably isn’t going to be a very comfortable environment without adding some insulation but traditional insulations are poor choices for a basement environment. Instead of going with something like fiberglass insulation it’s much more cost-effective and practical to invest in rigid board foam instead. This insulation does not absorb water and it doesn’t promote mould growth. That makes it less maintenance and it means that you’ll get decades out of the insulation without it breaking down like traditional insulators would. You can also count on the foam insulation to keep offering excellent insulation while materials like fiberglass stop functioning properly once they become damp.  Investing in Waterproof Walls  Basement walls are subject to moisture and they are the first to suffer from flood damage as well. This makes materials like wood and drywall poor options for coating the walls of a finished basement.

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The Most Reliable Way to Finish Basement Walls  Instead there are other products on the market designed with withstand moisture and to remain in good shape over time. TBF or Total Basement Finishing panels are one of the leading basement products on the market and they are highly recommended to homeowners that want a reliable wall solution for use in a basement setting. That’s because they don’t absorb moisture and won’t mould or rot over time when in damp conditions. They can even survive through a flood without developing mould or failing.  Invest for the Long Term  With the right materials your basement will be designed to last for decades or even the life of your home after it’s finished. You can style the walls throughout your basement in the way that you like to meet your tastes but you should consider investing in slightly more expensive products to ensure that your basement holds up over time. It’s worth the cost to make sure you don’t have issues with mould or rot in the future and you can admire your beautiful finished basement for as long as you like after it’s complete.

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The Best Flooring for Your Basement  Install a Vapour Barrier  Most flooring products that you would put into a finished basement require a reliable vapour barrier to protect against moisture that will seep through that concrete floor over time. That’s why it’s very important to invest in a high-quality vapour barrier that’s thick and resilient and that’s installed properly. It’s best to have professional installers put down your vapour barrier so that you’re sure there are no gaps in your installation.  Looking at Flooring Options  Now that your concrete floor is suitably protected by a vapour barrier it’s time to move on to the flooring options themselves. Two common products used in basements are carpets and vinyl flooring. Inorganic carpet designed for basement use can help create a warmer surface while also helping to soften up the floor. Just make sure you get the kind with the thick plastic backing designed to keep water out.

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The Best Flooring for Your Basement  Rubber Flooring  For a play space or a workout room nothing beats the simplicity of rubber interlocking tiles. This flooring doesn’t have the same designer look as other flooring options on this list but it’s comfortable it’s durable and it’s an excellent option when used for the right purposes.  Engineered Wood and Laminate Flooring  Even though hardwoods aren’t suitable for use in a basement environment you can get a hardwood look using engineered wood or laminate flooring in its place. Just make sure you get a product that doesn’t rely on organic materials and that it’s designed for basement use specifically. You’ll be amazed at how realistic many of these flooring solutions look.

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