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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. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Great Tips On Basement Finishing

Great Tips On Basement Finishing
  • 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

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
  • Invest in Quality Flooring
  • Basement flooring is a bit more difficult to
    choose than standard flooring, thats 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.

Make the Most of Your Basement Space by
Refinishing it
  • Invest in Basement Wall Paneling
  • Its 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
  • 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. Youll 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 youve chosen for your finished

Moisture Proofing Your Basement During Finishing
is Vital
  • Waterproof Floors
  • Its always a good idea to apply a concrete
    sealer to the concrete floors throughout your
    basement, but often that alone isnt enough to
    keep your space moisture free. Its 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. Its 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. Its 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

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. Its also best to
    go with an insulator like foam board that wont
    be damaged by water contact. Fiberglass
    insulation is a poor option for such an
  • Consider a Dehumidifier
  • In some basements a bit of condensation is normal
    and higher humidity levels are common as well.
    These issues arent serious, but they can lead to
    uncomfortable conditions in the space, and even
    some light mould issues in the future. Thats
    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.

The Most Reliable Way to Finish Basement Walls
  • Choosing a Waterproof Insulator
  • Your finished basement probably isnt 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, its much more cost-effective and
    practical to invest in rigid board foam instead.
    This insulation does not absorb water and it
    doesnt promote mould growth. That makes it less
    maintenance and it means that youll 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

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.
    Thats because they dont absorb moisture and
    wont 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 its 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. Its worth the cost to make sure you
    dont have issues with mould or rot in the future
    and you can admire your beautiful finished
    basement for as long as you like after its

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.
    Thats why its very important to invest in a
    high-quality vapour barrier thats thick and
    resilient and thats installed properly. Its
    best to have professional installers put down
    your vapour barrier so that youre sure there are
    no gaps in your installation.
  • Looking at Flooring Options
  • Now that your concrete floor is suitably
    protected by a vapour barrier, its 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.

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 doesnt have the same designer look as
    other flooring options on this list, but its
    comfortable, its durable and its an excellent
    option when used for the right purposes.
  • Engineered Wood and Laminate Flooring
  • Even though hardwoods arent 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 doesnt rely on organic materials and that
    its designed for basement use specifically.
    Youll be amazed at how realistic many of these
    flooring solutions look.

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