How to Finish Your Basement

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If you are finishing your basement, then you want it to be finished properly. There are many things that can go wrong with finishing your basement and if you are careless at any point, it can cost you a lot of time and money as well as damage your basement. Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter when finishing your basement. If you keep these tips in mind when finishing your basement, you should have a little problem finishing it on time and without spending a lot of money.

One of the most common reasons why people don’t finish their¬†Basement Finishing St Louis¬†projects on time is because they don’t take care of moisture in the basement. Improperly install new finish products. This can cause the mold to form faster and more aggressively than it would if you just kept up on the moisture repairs. Remove damaged objects and fix leaking plumbing. These things will all help prevent mold from forming faster, which will also keep it from being able to grow as quickly.

You may also find that after finishing your basement, you still have water stains on the walls. Thermaldry flooring may be the culprit, but you may not know exactly what the problem is. Put something like Teflon tape on the area to determine the source of the stain. The best way to determine what material your flooring is made out of is to lift the flooring and look below the surface. If you see any discolored spots where the thermaldry flooring is not doing its job, then you may need to have the entire flooring replaced.

There are several ways to finish your basement systems, but the most cost-effective is to install a high quality suspended ceiling system. A suspended ceiling system consists of metal wall panels that are suspended from the ceiling. Most of these are constructed with aluminum, but there are many other materials available.

Another inexpensive basement finishing project that is cost effective is to use wood as a sidings instead of vinyl or fiberglass. Wood will add warmth to your home, while at the same time offering good sound dampening properties. Look at how well insulated your home gym is, if your gym has doors and windows then use wood. If your gym has no doors and windows, then use vinyl. Keep in mind that fiberglass tends to be more expensive than wood.

For homeowners who own home theaters and a sound system, adding some acoustic lining to your walls can drastically cut down on the noise level inside of your home. Home theater owners are very familiar with increased noise levels due to music played through home theaters. One of the most effective basement finishing techniques for sound proofing your home theater rooms is installing foam paneling between the walls and ceiling. Foam paneling is not the same thing as insulation, however. Insulation is necessary for sound proofing, not foam paneling.

If you have existing walls, one of the most effective basement finishing techniques is to use drywall as a way to create an extra level of insulation. Drywall is installed between existing walls so that you can build on it. The advantages of drywall are that it is easy to install, you can change the look of your walls at any time and you don’t need to worry about moisture seeping into your basement. Drywall is not as soundproof as some of the other methods, but it is a great addition to a finished basement. You may also want to consider using insulation on your basement walls, which will help to keep your basement warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

In order to complete the basement and get it sealed and finished correctly, you’ll need to hire a professional to come in and do the work for you. A general contractor can do most of the work for you and give you advice as to what you should do and not do. If you want to do a lot of the work yourself, make sure that you learn how to properly seal and finish your basement walls, ceilings and floors. Most contractors will give you detailed instructions as well as photos of what they have accomplished. If you’re able to do a little bit of work yourself, you’ll have a more pleasant experience, as well as save money on finishing costs.

Elaine Galloway