Basement Finishing Systems
Transform Your Basement with Basement Finishing Systems
Basement finishing systems are designed specifically for the basement environment. They usually include more than just walls or a ceiling; they may include trim, lighting, electrical work, and door installation – the whole picture. Some systems offer more features such as plumbing, heating & air, windows, and flooring.
Fast turn-around time – under six weeks in most cases
Need a play room, guest room, in-law suite, office, or hobby room? You can convert your basement into a showcase room easily and quickly. Depending on the size of your basement, in most cases you can be enjoying your newly created space in about two to six weeks. And, you’ll have an extra benefit of increasing your homes square footage and adding real value to your home.
Cost effective – less than half the cost of building an addition
There’s no comparison. Hands down, finishing a basement is much more cost effective than building an addition. The average cost per square foot to finish a basement is less than half that to put on an addition.
Accessing your foundation, plumbing and other equipment
Unlike drywall and traditional methods of construction, most basement finishing systems are designed for easy access to your water heater, plumbing and foundation. The walls are designed to be removed when needed.
Mold, Mildew and Moisture
Back in the old days drywall and wood were used to finish a basement. However, drywall and traditional methods produced a basement that provided little insulation or energy savings, and traditional walls could absorb moisture, making them conducive to mold and mildew. There has been a big advance in basement finishing techniques over the past decade that include systems that are specifically designed for basement environments which offer distinct advantages over traditional construction. Breathable walls of a finishing system resist mold and mildew.
Before you start your project
Preparation for your new room is the most important step. Protect your basement from flooding and water vapor. A damp basement is unsuitable for finishing. Moisture will damage your floor coverings and furniture. See this related article on waterproofing your basement.
Questions to ask your basement remodeling contractor
- Do the walls that you install look like real walls, or do they look like manufactured walls with divider strips?
- Do you remodel the entire basement or just install walls?
- Is it easy to hang pictures or mirrors on the walls and what is the maximum weight? Note – some walls can only hold a 30 pound picture and some can hold 100 pounds.
- How durable and solid are your walls? Do you use studs?
- Are your walls mold resistant?
- How many basement finishing jobs have you accomplished?
- Do you have any before and after photos or a website with your portfolio?
Getting it Right
Better Business Bureau reports 11 MILLION home remodeling complaints per year. 80% were made by consumers who took the lowest bid from a non reputable contractor. Only use prescreened licensed contractors and remember, you get what you pay for.
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