Get the Facts about Basement Finishing
Your home is one of the biggest investments you can make. You take pride in maintaining the beauty and functionality of everything that makes your house a home. The costs to upkeep and maintain your home are on the rise. Today it is more important than ever to focus on home improvement projects that will not only add value but also energy efficiency to your home. The content of this page will provide you with the knowledge to help you make informed decisions when investing in your home.
When looking to add living space to your home, one of the most affordable projects is basement finishing. There are a number of options and alternatives available today to create a living area that can add value and appeal to any home with an unfinished basement space. The key factors that are considered today when designing a finished basement include mold and health related risks, thermal efficiency, accessibility, durability and design options.
It’s important to know the facts before you invest. The information provided here will give you the knowledge which can help with your home improvement decision making process.
Common mistakes with Basement Refinishing
These facts are designed not only to provide you with the how to’s and the do’s but also the don’ts. The following are common mistakes to be aware of when considering your basement finishing system:
Know your Product
When researching basement finishing products and companies be sure the company representative is educated and represents the product and company to your complete satisfaction. There are many things to take into consideration when researching basement finishing systems from design to materials to installation and return on investment. You need to know the mechanics and engineering of the basement system.
Understand the Terminology
Take a look at our Basement Terminology page. This page will explain the terminology used in basement finishing system engineering. Also check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you will find a lot of the answers to the most commonly asked questions about basement finishing.
Don’t Ignore R-Value Ratings
The higher the R-value, the better it’s insulating properties. When creating a living space, it is especially critical to utilize products and systems that will delivery high energy efficiency for comfort and savings. Proper insulation is key.
Beware of Mold
One of the key factors in selecting a basement finishing system is to be sure the components of the system are engineered and manufactured to be mold resistant. Water and moisture management are key when planning your new basement finishing system.
Access to Plumbing and Wiring
Consider the accessibility you will have to plumbing and wiring when selection a basement finishing system. In the event you need to change or repair those components of your system you will want easy access and replacement.
Resistance to Damage
Select a system that will withstand the activity and lifestyle you are planning for your new living space. Use of your space will have a great impact on your choice of system. Our basement systems are designed for durability, odor and mold resistance. Be sure to ask about how the system will fit with your lifestyle.
Facts about Basement Finishing
There are resources available providing important facts to consider when considering a basement finishing system. AFB has provided valuable eduaction and information to assist in the process of selecting the right basement finishing system to support your objective and exceed your expectations.
Moisture, Water and Mold Resistance
One of the biggest concerns when transforming a dark damp space into a living area is preventing mold. With today’s technology there are systems designed to provide a healthy basement living area. When shopping for your basement finishing system be sure to research not only the contractor or company who will be providing the services but also the products and materials they use. That can make a difference to the health of your home and your family.
Want Added Home Value? Look in the Basement
Consider that building an addition or moving and buying a larger home runs about $150 to $300 a square foot. The cost of finishing a basement is less than 1/4 of that. Basement finishing is three to four times more cost effective in adding living space to a home than any other option.
Your Return on Investment
The average return on investment for finishing a basement using a mold free, fire rated and water proof basement system is around 90 to 120%. Added living space is a great way to increase the value of your home without the expense of an addition.
Know the R-Value of your Basement Finishing System Walls
The higher the R-value number of a material, the better its insulating properties and the slower the heat flows through it. When shopping for basement finishing systems be sure to inquire about the R-Value which can greatly impact the comfort level and energy efficiency of your new living space.
The basement is the most logical place to increase your living area for so many reasons:
- Location: It is already there.
- Infrastructure: The pipes, ducts and conduit are already there.
- No moving: Your family does not have to leave during the basement finishing
- No Structural Changes: House walls nor roof line is changed.
- No Mess: The renovation waste and dust is kept in the basement area.
- Equity: Your home has increased in value.
- Revenue: The space can be constructed so that it can become an apartment or an in-law suite after the kids have gone