Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City
Friday, November 6th, 2020 by Margot Cornelius
During this strange time of quarantining, everyone at home is looking for a place to work or participate in online schooling. Space in our homes is at a premium as we play musical desks roaming around the house to find available space during meetings. Brava to many of you who got creative and converted your formal dining rooms and living rooms into functional spaces for your families. So, here’s one more suggestion: think of your basement as another potential space up for grabs. We talk about this often, but there is a road toward a finished, functional basement. The key is to get it finished right. That means adding dry wall and carpeting to an already damp space is not the permanent solution you’re looking for.
Here are options towards a finished, waterproofed finished basement.
Don’t be fooled by the finished look of a basement with drywall and carpeting. All it takes is incoming water to destroy both. Neither of these materials are waterproof and the moisture in your basement will degrade them over time.
Our WaterGuard perimeter drainage system is the best long-term solution for your finished basement. It captures water from your floors and walls and channels it to your sump pump. Water intrusion is highly likely in any basement, which is why our WaterGuard system is an essential part of a permanently finished basement.
Wood paneling seemed to be the preferred choice of homeowners in the 70s and many of us are stuck with these choices. Wood paneling harbors mold and mildew once wet and will continue to be a headache after every flood. Instead, consider installing our inorganic and waterproof Brightwall panels. These panels also fit together with our WaterGuard system to capture and channel any intrusive water from your walls to the sump pump. Like our flooring, it provides extra insulation.
While carpeting is technically “flooring,” it’s also the kind of flooring that gets soaked during a flood. This is why we offer ThermalDry floor tiles with a range of finishing's from carpet to laminate. These tiles are inorganic and waterproof, and the best news is that you can easily replace a damaged tile rather than the entire floor. ThermalDry tiles are also a few degrees warmer than other basement flooring which is an added benefit.
Water intrusion is a fact of life, but you can plan ahead and set yourself up for success. Finishing your basement with a basement company makes more sense now doesn’t it? We hope so and we can show you what your options are during the free inspection.