Choosing the Right Materials for Your Basement Renovation

Materials play a critical role in creating any successful basement renovation. Comfort and aesthetics are the reason why. In this article you’ll discover a few key issues to keep in mind, especially in regards to mold resistance and beauty.


As your family utilizes this area for recreation, your walls will experience considerable wear and tear. Therefore, when selecting material to clad walls with, look for something durable enough to withstand prolonged heavy usage over a prolonged period. Drywall has many benefits, but durability isn’t one of them.

Wood panelling (at least partway up the walls), is a better alternative to drywall in many basements. Plastic panels are also available for durable wall covering in basements or any other high-wear area.

As ceilings, your choices include a drop ceiling, drywall or wood-look planks. While a drop ceiling provides access to pipes and wires, drywall and planks provides a more residential look.

While you’re planning, be sure to follow all local code requirements regarding egress windows for emergency exit purposes and install well-drained window wells to prevent flooding water from pooling on their surfaces.


Your current basement walls and floors may be cold, hard-wearing, and unattractive – but you can transform their look with paint, molding, wallpaper and other decorative elements. Additionally, radiant heat is exceptionally good in basements.

Cork flooring provides the ideal compromise – inexpensive, sustainably harvested and relatively warm underfoot. Carpet can be subject to moisture damage but cork provides warmth without the worry of moisture damage. Tile can be an excellent option too, especially if you have infloor heating.

Insulating your basement’s walls and floor are both vitally important, helping prevent condensation that could otherwise lead to mold growth and water damage, while also cutting energy costs. Insulating both is also key for energy savings, but there’s a danger.

Foam-based systems work best in basements, since they’re far less prone to mold growth than fibre-based insulation used above ground. It’s also critical for both comfortable and resistance to high humidity in the basement during warm months. Without an air-impervious subfloor layer, finished floors will often get cool enough to triggered micro-condensation and high basement humidity levels. This is important for all types of flooring, but especially if carpet is used.

Ease of Maintenance

Cost estimates for finishing a basement vary widely and depend on what materials are selected, and who does the work.

Flooring can be a big part of the materials expense for basements expense. Selecting moisture-resistant options with easy maintenance requirements, especially in basements where humidity may become an issue, may be wise decisions. Engineered hardwood is one such choice which offers the look of traditional wood while being more water resistant and lower installation costs than its counterpart. Loose-lay vinyl is even better. Never use regular hardwood flooring in basements.

Ceiling materials play an essential role in the aesthetics of basement spaces. Selecting materials that reduce noise transmission while offering acoustic insulation can make this space more comfortable and functional; low-VOC paints and finishes are an excellent way to minimize harmful chemicals in your home.


How much will it cost to finish basement? That depends entirely on the scope of work and materials used. Hiring a basement renovation specialist is an excellent way to get a feel for all the options available.

Construction of walls can be the least expensive part of renovating a basement, costing an average of between $1 to $5 per square foot and including wood framing, doorways and windows as needed. Walls that must meet code may incur extra framing expenses; while the actual drywall itself is pretty cheap. Other options like shiplap beadboard or barnwood will be more expensive.

Dreaming оf a vibrant finished basement that adds value and comfort tо your home? While framing alone typically starts around $1-$5 per square foot, the total cost оf finishing your basement can range from $15,000 tо $75,000 оn average. Tо get a precise estimate tailored tо your specific vision, contact a basement renovation specialist. They’ll guide you through material options, design possibilities, and a detailed quote, sо you can turn your dream basement into a reality!