When it comes to finishing your basement, things are done a little bit differently than with other parts of the house. This is because it’s a much different environment most of the time and can be more humid. It’s also the area in which many of your home’s electrical and mechanical equipment is located, providing further difficulties.
But don’t worry, the basement finishing contractors from Spartacus Construction have helped hundreds of homeowners finish their basements and have provided a helpful list of things to avoid here!
- Avoid Fiberglass Insulation
Due to the increased moisture content and humidity often found in basements, most basement finishing contractors will recommend removing any fiberglass insulation in favor of alternative insulation solutions like EPS insulation. Since EPS is a graphite-infused foam that doesn’t contain any organic materials, it’s mold-proof.
- Avoid Wood Studs at All Costs
Another important thing to look out for when finishing your basement is wood studs, which you should avoid using whenever possible. This is because wood is much more susceptible to rot and wear and tear in humid environments. As an alternative, use metal studs to avoid any costly issues down the road.
- Stay Away from Hardwood Flooring
Like we mentioned above, avoiding wood fixtures and flooring where you can will help ensure your basement looks great and lasts for many years to come. For this reason, don’t install wood flooring. Instead, use another material like vinyl flooring or ceramic tile, which are both designed to be waterproof and moisture-resistant.
- Don’t Ignore Moisture Issues in the Basement
When it comes to moisture in the basement, never turn a blind eye. Doing so could mean the difference between minor repairs and the need to tear your newly-finished basement apart due to water damage. Before finishing your basement, inspect every nook and cranny for signs of leaks or cracks in the foundation. It may be necessary to waterproof your foundation before installing new walls and fixtures in your basement.
- Be Careful of Poor Designs & Floor Plans
You might have a great vision for your basement, but that floor plan needs to work with your home’s existing floor plan. Pay close attention to every feature of your basement when creating your floor plan and pay close attention to its layout. At this point, it might be best to work with a basement renovation team to ensure the very best results.
Also Read: Tips for Keeping Your Basement Water-Free
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