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Basements are typically the most under-utilized part of homes for living space. Finishing your basement expands your home - adding features and real value. As you research your options, learn why basements are different from the rest of your home, how you can turn your basement into a "dream room," and how construction materials can impact your finished basement for the long-term.
Why Basements are Different
A challenging environment
Just walk down to your basement and you know it immediately - the basement is different than any other area of your home. In general, basements are cooler, more humid and prone to moisture. They also have plumbing and other mechanical equipment that, when covered with drywall, become difficult and costly to access. Owens Corning knew there had to be a better way to finish the basement.
Meeting the challenge
With Owens Corning’s history as a world leader in home building products and experts in building science, it had the resources and knowledge to create a better basement finishing solution. Mold and moisture are big concerns in basements and since Owens Corning invented fiberglass insulation, it utilized its expertise to create insulated walls that breathe, won’t trap moisture, and make rooms warm and quiet too! Now you have two great options – The Basement Finishing System™ Core which features maintenance free fabric walls and the Basement Finishing System™ Unlimited that features many of the same benefits as the Core system, and can be painted!
Finishing a basement is a cost-effective way to add living space
Compared to the expense and hassle of building an addition, finishing your basement is a great value. A 2013 Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report stated that the average cost per square foot to finish a basement is less than half that to put on an addition.
Finishing your basement is not only a good investment that can increase the value of your home; it can also contribute to help reduce your energy costs.* With fluctuating energy prices, finishing your basement provides great value for your investment.
An unfinished basement is a clean slate. Your basement can be transformed into the room of your dreams-virtually anything that you desire. Click on the room you’ve been dreaming of and see how it can come true.
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* Savings vary. Find out why in the seller’s fact sheet on R-values. Higher R-values mean greater insulating power.