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Because basements are environments unlike other rooms of a house, it’s important to make the right decisions when remodeling these often damp or dark spaces. Here are a few tips you can pass along to your clients who are considering a basement remodeling project:

Walls
Basement walls have important functions they must do well, such as supporting the home, protecting from water intrusion, and resisting mold growth. In a basement remodel, you cannot simply “cover up” the basement walls. Instead, you need to be diligent in selecting the right materials and construction technique to ensure success. One available option is pre-insulated wall panels designed just for use in basements’ damp air. Materials that give mold something to feed on, such as paper backing on drywall, should be avoided. An experienced contractor can guide you in the right direction.

Flooring
Moisture is the main concern here, as well, and both the subfloor and finish floor materials should be selected accordingly. Subfloorings that can be installed include polystyrene, plywood or rubber underlayment. Hard, non-porous materials are right for the finish floor, while wood and carpet should be avoided altogether.

Ceilings
Local building codes should be checked before installing ceiling materials because there may be height limits and required access to electrical lines, plumbing or ductwork. A general or basement finishing contractor can work with your clients to develop a plan that uses soffits or boxes around existing utilities, allowing higher ceiling heights in other areas.

Properly planning a basement remodeling project is critical, and selecting a qualified contractor is an important first step. Making the right selection by engaging a credentialed general contractor who provides a three-year workmanship warranty will pay off in the long-term with a new living space your clients will enjoy for years to come.

Lance Malcolm is chief operating officer for Contractor Connection, where he is responsible for leading daily operations.

For more information, visit www.ContractorConnection.com.

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