When you are working on your basement to turn it from an under-used storage area into something much more useful like a laundry room or even some extra living space (and now that so many people are working from home, it might make an ideal home office), there are certain things you’ll need to do to make it comfortable. One of these things is adding basement wall panels.
In most cases, when a property is built, the basement will be left unfinished. Again, this is cost-saving and time-saving, especially as the contractors will have plenty of other work to do. Yet these unfinished basements need to be completed before anyone can use them as living space, and that will be down to the homeowner themselves to decide on as and when they need to.
Picking suitable basement panel walls is crucial. There are many different types to consider, and getting the choice right from the start will save a lot of time and money later on. Read on for some information on the most popular types of basement wall panels so you can make the right choice for your home, budget, and needs.
Drywall is a popular choice since it is relatively inexpensive, easy to get hold of, and quick to install. What makes the choice slightly more complicated is that there are a few different types of drywall. Manufacturers are helpful here; they color code the drywall, so you know exactly what you’re buying. For basements, it’s the purple drywall you’ll need. The purple drywall is excellent at withstanding high levels of humidity and moisture, which is an issue you might come across in your basement, particularly if you need to carry out foundation repair.
To put this into context, green drywall is ideal for living areas – it’s not great with humidity, but these rooms don’t have too much of it, and usually none at all. On the other hand, blue drywall is best for kitchens and bathrooms since it can cope with a medium amount of humidity.
Don’t worry if you’re not fond of the color purple or you were hoping to have a different color on the walls in your basement; drywall is made to be painted over to complete the look, so the color is just for you to pick the right type.
Basement Finishing Systems
If you’re looking for a very easy option for your basement wall panels, you can opt for prefabricated basement finishing systems. You simply choose the style you want and how much you need, and the panels will be delivered completely finished. Your job will be to install them, but that’s all you’ll need to do – they won’t require painting or sealing.
You can even choose different kits depending on what the space is to be used for. So if you want a gaming room or a den or an office or anything else, you can choose the style, color, and more.
This sounds like a great idea, but of course, you’re paying for the convenience when it comes to these pre-made panels, so they are a lot more expensive than drywall. It will depend on your budget and the amount of time you have to complete the work to determine whether or not this is a solution that will work for you.
Plastic Basement Wall Panels
If you live in a particularly moist climate, plastic basement wall panels might be the ultimate option for you. Typically, moist soil would mean leaks into your basement, which would require professional foundation repair to deal with. If you’re using drywall or anything other than plastic and you know the basement is subject to flooding or the climate is moist, hiring experts to deal with any foundation repair work before you begin installing the basement wall panels is crucial.
Plastic basement wall panels have an in-built drainage system that drains any water into a trough which is installed behind the wall. If this is getting full quickly, it’s a good indicator that you have a problem, and although the issue will need to be fixed, it’s not so urgent since the water is being contained and the walls are plastic, so they won’t rot or lead to mold.
Wood paneling always looks attractive, and it’s a great way to give your basement a touch of elegance and class. The wood paneling is made of plywood which is treated so that it’s water-resistant, and these panels are used to cover any foam or insulation. Be aware that there are other types of wood paneling, but you have to choose the water-resistant variety for a basement due to the moisture issues we highlighted above.
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