Finishing the basement in your home is a great way to gain livable space. Just make sure that any basement moisture issues are solved or mitigated first before you finish your basement.
Adding drywall is the conventional way of giving your basement walls a more polished look than bare concrete or cinder blocks. It requires several steps.
The first step to finish a basement with drywall is installing insulation board on the concrete or cinder block wall to create a vapor barrier. This will keep moisture from the basement wall out of the drywall. After the insulation board is installed, a framework must be built for the drywall. This framework is made of 2×4 boards of wood, also called studs. Installation of electrical wiring, outlets and fixtures can be easily done before drywall is hung. When the studs are in place, and electrical work has been finished, the drywall can be hung. You can sand and paint the drywall for a more finished look.
A newer way to finish a basement is using basement paneling in place of studs and drywall. Basement paneling is more durable, and easier to install than drywall. The panels are moisture-resistant. They also expand and contract with the changes of temperature and humidity that are all too common in basements. Since only one layer of paneling is required, and there is no framing necessary, paneled walls are thinner.
One basement finishing system of this type is made by Owens Corning. It is made up of glass fiberboard panels that are ready to install and lock into place to create a waterproof and sturdy wall that gives your basement a fresh and modern look.
One advantage of finishing a basement with studs and drywall is that it creates ample room for the installation of electrical wiring and outlets, as well as space for plumbing networks. This space comes at the cost of floor space, however, so the size of your basement should be a consideration. A lack of space for wiring and plumbing is the biggest drawback to using panels of a basement finishing system to finish your basement. Today’s modern paneled basement finishing systems do not provide enough space for the installation of wiring and plumbing networks.
There is no comparison when it comes to ease of installation. Also, while paneling is moisture-resistant and durable, drywall is not and studs are prone to termite infestation.
Whether you choose conventional studs and drywall or a modern paneling system, your basement can be attractively finished to add to your home’s livable space. Innovation Construction Co has experience with basement finishing systems and conventional finishing methods for over 30 years.