If you want to make more room in your home, remodeling your basement can be a good investment. There are also a lot of things that you will want to consider, such as the type of materials you will use to finish your basement. You will also want to have a good floor plan for things like emergency windows, that'll satisfy the egress code. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your basement remodeling project:
1. Improve Waterproofing To Avoid Water Damage
One of the first things you will want to do when remodeling your basement is improve the waterproofing. Start by assessing the exterior of your home and checking old waterproofing membranes, as well as the landscaping drainage. You may also want to add a waterproofing system to the interior foundation walls.
2. Install Drainage To Deal With Moisture Problems In The Basement
Moisture problems in your basement can come from many different sources. The water does not always have to come from leaks or foundation damage. The problems can come from natural causes, such as condensation. This happens when the exterior and the interior are different temperatures. As warm air rises from your basement's floor, it cools and loses its ability to hold vapor, thus leaving droplets on your basement walls. To deal with this moisture, it is a good idea to have an interior foundation drainage system installed, which will give any water that gets into your basement a place to go. You may also want to install a dehumidifier in your remodel to mitigate this moisture problem.
3. Choose Durable Materials To Finish Your Basement And Avoid Damage
When it comes time to do the finish work like drywall, trim, and flooring, it is also important to consider the types of materials to use. Vinyl and other durable materials can be a good choice for wall finishes. If you want to have carpet, look for a durable indoor/outdoor carpet, which will also be easy to clean and usually does not require the installation of conventional carpet padding that absorbs moisture. Other materials like tile and finished concrete can also work well in the basement. If you want a custom tile look, concrete can be acid stained to give it a unique finish. For doors and trim, consider using composite materials that are resistant to water damage.
These are some tips to help you get the most out of your basement finishing project. If you need help putting some of these ideas into practice, contact a remodeling contractor, like Renew Construction, LLC, to get the help you need with your basement renovations.