List of Common Mistakes When Finishing Your Home’s Basement

Kannur Budget Homes

08 March 2022

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Finishing your basement is much different than remodeling the upper levels of your home. Your basement is also where all of the mechanicals of your home is located, such as your water heater, furnace, sump pump, and more. To avoid damage to your home, as well as to protect your financial investment, here are our top 5 things to avoid when finishing your basement.

Here are our top 5 things to avoid when finishing your basement

Avoid wood studs in your basement finishing project

Wood materials when mixed into the moist environment of a basement begin to rot, warp, and grow mold. It also makes your wood items affected to mold .use products specifically for basements like metal. Using appropriate materials will minimize the likelihood of water damage and mold. 

Poor Design and Flooring

Don’t waste your time and resources without having an idea about what type of space you want to create space in the lower levels of your home. Working with a designer and a basement finishing contractor will help you build a basement that is stylish yet functional. 

Wood-based Flooring

Wood-based flooring is not the right choice for your basement. ! Products such as hardwood, laminate, and carpeting will not withstand the moisture and will begin to show signs of mould after being exposed to moisture. With so many different types of flooring available it can be difficult to decide which is best for your new lower level.

The most important thing when choosing basement flooring is what will happen if the basement has an issue with water or flooding. Keep in mind that the basement is already more moist and humid than the rest of your home, and choosing a material designed for such an environment is crucial.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation gets mould because cold air and sometimes moist air leak into your basement and condensates. Due to the increased moisture content and humidity often found in basements, most basement finishing contractors will recommend removing any fiberglass insulation. 

Moisture Issues in the Basement

When it comes to moisture in the basement, letting it there could mean 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.