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By finishing your basement, you are creating additional living space for your family. Consider your current and future needs. What's your basement going to be used for? What are your family's individual needs? The answers to these questions will help you decide how to design the various spaces according to their purpose.

Carpet

water vapor penetration Carpet may not be the best option for the basement. However, if you have taken the precautions to prevent water vapor penetration, leakage, and flooding, it could be worth the investment. Humidity levels in the basement are generally higher than in the rest of the house, temp- eratures are cooler, and light is more limited. These factors all affect choice of materials. Before start remodeling your basement, contact us for better suggestions.

Musty smells and premature wearing will result if water vapor penetration is not controlled. The relative humidity will seep through the backing and saturate the carpet fibers, harboring mold and mildew growths. Even if the carpet appears dry on the surface, moisture can get trapped between the backing and subfloor.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooringThese tiles can be found specifically for most basement areas. Laminate flooring is a bit more expensive than vinyl flooring, but it is a bit higher-end with a variety of gloss levels. The advantage over linoleum and peel-and-stick tiles is that the patterns available attractively resemble many popular textures and patterns available in cork, stone, slate, marble, and industrial tiles. Do not install directly on the concrete surface.


Linoleum

Linoleum is an inexpensive vinyl flooring material that has the advantage of offering a number of colors, patterns, and textures. Because it is plastic, the material is resistant to mold. The installation is usually quick because of the length of the sheets. Linoleum should be installed over the top of multi-ply board. Directly installations on the concrete slab will build mildew and mold in the future.

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Make sure that at least eight inches is kept between the top of the earth and any wood or stucco on the house. If this cannot be done, the house may have been built too low and to correct it may be too expensive to be feasible. Use River wash stones around the house.

If there are any hills sloping down toward the house that may be the source of the water, contact us to analyze the situation and determine the appropriate solutions.

Avoid placing lawn irrigation next to the house. If this cannot be avoided, instruct the installer to limit the amount of water dispersed next to the house. Make sure the irrigation system includes a working rains tat so the system does not turn on when there has already been plenty of rain for the plants and lawn.

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