We all know by now, that refinishing a basement is not as simple as throwing up walls, ceiling and lighting and calling it a day. Back in the 60’s and 70’s when the DIY homeowner would tackle this project, they knew only what they knew then. Homeowners had no idea about proper basement materials and there was only so much to choose from back then. The basement was only a romp room in those days, or maybe just an overflow space for junk, with mold, mildew, some water here and there, “what’s that musty smell? oh, who cares”… you know, that type of space. Some basements could suddenly flood, and if it got wrecked? “Ah so what, it was cheap enough.”
Well things have changed! You actually should finish a basement one time, to last a lifetime. Do you know how many times I have heard someone say, that they are thinking about using drywall in the basement just to save money? It drives me crazy! Let’s leave the things that were done in the past where they belong… in the past. Let’s take materials out of the basement like drywall and wood paneling. They were never meant for the basement. With the advancement in products today and the way that basements are needed for more living space (not to mention the price of materials), who can afford to make a mistake?
Maybe you have one of those abandoned basement rooms that you shut the door on, never to look back because no one wants to go in! Do you still have one of those Creepy ol’ Brady Bunch style rooms? Well, it is now OK to open that door! Rethinking about refinishing the basement is great if it’s done right, and yes it is so easy when you use the right materials. I’m talking about materials made specifically for the basement environment.
This brings me to a new and interesting point: New England environment and our climate. It has become more and more apparent that climate and weather patterns are changing dramatically, especially in the last couple of years, having a major impact on basements. From record snowfall, to excessive rain and flooding, to super high humidity problems in the summer months, this weather is putting more demand on materials here in the northeast, and this winter with all the moisture and extreme cold we’ve had, ground expansion and pressure on home foundations has become inevitable.
If you are thinking about refinishing your basement, educate yourself on basement finishing systems available today that are specifically designed to handle a basement, also giving you easy access to your foundation if needed. Product features that you would be looking for to handle moisture, water, and high humidity can be found with mold & mildew-proof wall systems. Learning about potential problems that can occur from our weather, and using proper materials for finishing the basement will put you way ahead of the game! It will also give you peace of mind, save you a lot of money and time down the road.
So, in conclusion, you CAN have a beautiful basement that isn’t scary or smelly or dank or cold. With Basement Wall Finishing Systems, you can bring the comforts of upstairs into your very own basement. Healthy, Dry, Safe, Warm, Clean & Fast, it’s everything I need to redo my basement. Basement Finishing Systems are the way to go.