Moisture is the number-one enemy to basements. It can cause significant damage to your home and pose a threat to the health of your family. There are building code requirements for basement wall insulation that you must adhere to when finishing a basement. it’s better to get things done right the first time than to have to redo construction work in your basement.

Depending on the age of your home, you may need to insulate your basement. Over the years, there have been improvements in the industry that create better basement insulation, so hiring a qualified basement finishing contractor like Maple Reno is definitely the best way to go.

Basement Insulation

In addition to keeping moisture out, a basement that is properly insulated can save you money on your energy bill. This is because unfinished walls and floors in basements allow drafts to seep in between the tiny crevices and spaces. When you eliminate these spaces, you are able to keep the warm air out during summer months, and the cold air out during the winter.

There are several materials and insulation techniques to prevent moisture and mould:

Spray polyurethane foam (SPUF)

This is a good product to apply to any basement. When you spray concrete walls with this substance, it provides even protection against moisture. One thing to note about this product is that it does tend to shrink after it has been applied, and as a result, leaves gaps on the wall that are left protected.

Rigid Insulation Board

Installing a rigid insulation board directly against concrete walls is another method that we use to insulate basements. Using some nails to attach this has proven to be one of the easiest ways to secure to board in place against a wall. Then, in the cavities, mineral wool, which is not damaged by moisture, can be used. After this step, installing drywall and paint using latex paint only is next.

Basement Framing

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Framing a basement is another critical step in protecting your basement from moisture and mould. In order to adequately frame a wall, the first thing we do is seal the wall by applying a waterproofing product. If your walls are damp, we take extra care to dry out the walls first with a humidifier before applying the sealant.

Next, we install the foam board. It’s important to make sure the waterproofing sealant is completely dry before proceeding to this step. Extruded polystyrene foam board insulation is a commonly used product that is moisture resistant and perfect for framing basement walls.

The cost of framing is based on the size of the room, whether there is a need to demolish existing walls or erect new ones, and if soundproofing the room is necessary.

Basement Drywall Installation

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One of the determining factors that impact drywall basement installation costs is the material you choose. On average, drywall can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 per panel. Keep in mind that if you have a kitchen or a bathroom in your basement, there will be a need for additional insulation as a safeguard against moisture and mould.

Here you have them; steps to finish a basement! If you’re looking for more basement finishing resources, contact the Maple Reno team! We’re more than ready to answer any and all of your questions.