Finishing a basement

gemini7711April 20, 2009

We are repairing a crack on our basement wall with a polyurethane injection. After the crack is repaired and we want to finish our basement, what would be suggested in treating the walls? Should I just start drywalling? What about the floor? Should I install a subfloor? I take it I should stay away from sealers/waterproofers/epoxies on the concrete? (Pressure issues?) I've also heard of people putting up a membrane (kind of like a tub surround) on the wall, then drywalling?

What's recommended? What has anyone had success with?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
worthy

Here's some homework from experts with no axes to grind.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 5:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
armentim

For those concerned about mold problems in basements, I have done some research on that issue. I have found that the primary cause apart from obvious foundation issues is that often with traditional construction the wall materials do not allow the basement to 'dry inwards'--meaning any moisture is trapped in the wall. This comes typically as a result of applying a impermeable vapor barrier against the concrete wall or immediately under the finish surface. The recommendation to avoid this is to create a thermal break at the cold concrete wall (typically using an extruded polystyrene "XPS") and then use materials that allow any moisture to dry into the finish space. Additionally, if traditional 2x4 framing is to be used, it should not contact the concrete wall, but instead be installed flush against the XPS. Un-faced fiberglass batting can be installed in the stud cavities if additional insulation is desired. Please see the attached link and download the .pdf file provided by Building Science to read about all of their findings. This is the most straight forward and valuable documentation I have been able to find about basement finishing techniques.

Here is a link that might be useful: Basement Insulation Systems

    Bookmark   May 18, 2009 at 9:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sherryef

If you are planning to finish the ceiling & still have access to pipes and electrical boxes, you should check out basementceilingtiles.com. They have lots of styles and colors to get the look you want and it would be completely resistant to moisture.

Here is a link that might be useful: Basement Ceiling Tiles

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 2:17PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
basement flooring - tile or finished concrete
we're planning a reno that will include expanding and...
lmgch
Ductwork through joist question
Hi, I know this is possibly controversial...I understand...
NYcRavi
Walkout Basement in Texas
Greetings to all! I have a sloping lot on Lake Conroe...
ZipAgent
Ceiling insulation in basement
We are finishing our basement and I am getting to the...
mirandajae
upgrade R11 to R13 insulation in basement?
We are in the process of remodeling our basement. We...
Desirun2
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™