What is a basement finishing system?
It’s sort of like a bed in a bag, or a taco kit. It’s everything you need in one box. You don’t get many choices, but the job gets done quickly and you don’t have to put in too much effort.
Instead of framing and insulating the basement walls, strips are attached to the foundation and wall panels are snapped into place. Dealers tout the mold-resistant properties of the panels, which makes you wonder what they’re made of. If you search tirelessly, you’ll find that it’s fiberglass (plastic) so it’s true that mold will not ruin these walls, but that doesn’t mean it won’t grow on them, just that you can wipe it off with a rag and some bleach.
Manufacturers also highlight how the panels are removable for easy access to the walls. If this was really a great trait, however, just think — all our walls would be removable, not just the ones in the basement.
And you never expect a plumbing leak or an electrical short, so removable walls would be handy, wouldn’t they?
Basement Finishing Systems Can Be Limiting
The drawback is that your walls would be plastic, and they would have seams every 4 feet. Color choices are also limited. Some manufacturers list up to 14 varieties of beige, but others offer panels with paintable, customizable surfaces for a premium.
If all this seems minor to you and you still like the idea, you’re in good company. We’ve all been in the grocery store at 7 p.m. with two whiny toddlers and grabbed the taco kit and a pound of ground beef just to get through the night. But what stops many homeowners in their tracks with the basement finishing system is the cost.
According to homeadvisor.com, the average cost to finish a basement ranges from $6,500 to $18,500. Keep in mind that the scope of the project varies tremendously, depending on square footage, flooring choice, electrical and plumbing options and more. According to many websites, including HGTV, a basement finishing system will cost three times as much.
Basement Finishing Systems Are More Expensive
So even if you’re willing to put up with the generic, plastic look, you may not be willing to pay top dollar for it. And think about it — even if your drywall was eventually consumed by mold, you could replace it a half-dozen times and still not spend as much as you would on a basement finishing system.
Plus, you won’t save money doing the work yourself, because most basement finishing systems require that you use their contractors to do the work.
For a basement finishing project with some choice and style that won’t break the bank, call Falk Construction. We’ve finished hundreds of basements in and around the Ogden, Utah, area. We also offer general contracting services and are experts in bathroom and kitchen remodels.
A basement finishing system isn’t the right choice for everyone. Call Falk Construction today and find out your many options for a beautiful, finished basement.