How to Prevent Mould In The Basement

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Basement mould is becoming an increasingly common problem for homeowners across the world—particularly in Canada and the United States. It should be no surprise really; fungi of all kinds make up more than 25% of the Earth’s biomass. They’re hardy survivors, which perhaps explains why so many homeowners are at a loss when it comes to preventing mould. It’s not always easy to do!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Basement Renovation

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Basement renovation doesn’t get enough attention. In fact, a livable, finished basement may just be one of the most underappreciated aspects of home design. Having a good basement you can spend time in makes a world of difference. And an excellent basement, one that feels like an extension of your home, is one of life’s little joys.

While some homes are better off without a basement altogether (due to dampness and moisture issues), the number of fully renovated basements is on the rise. That’s because developers and homeowners alike have realized the value of a finished basement—both in quality of life and in your property’s market value.

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Basement Ideas 2020

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In 2020, basement renovation is so much more than an option for extra storage or an additional bedroom. Today homeowners are looking more and more to add multipurpose rooms. Entertainment spaces, home theatres, and personal gyms are a few popular trends for basement renovation. To help inspire your 2020 basement renovation, we’ve listed some of the hottest basement ideas below.

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Energy-Efficient Basements

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Building an energy-efficient basement in your home will obviously save you a lot of money long-term. However, there are several other benefits to renovating your current basement into an energy-efficient one. Many factors also influence what type of energy-efficient upgrades you should install. For this reason, we have compiled our expertise into listing the advantages of having an eco-friendly basement and the considerations to keep in mind. Read on to learn how to make your basement more energy efficient.

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How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Basement

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Renovated basements provide a unique space that is highly beneficial to your home. Having a private gym, a beautiful entertainment space or an additional guest room are just a few of the many perks about renovating your basement. Nonetheless, renovation is a big financial undertaking. Homeowners often worry about basement renovation costs when they are looking to upgrade.

What you should know is that having a set budget for your basement renovation project is essential. This way, you and your renovation contractor can agree on the caliber of work without breaking the bank. You will surely get a bang for your buck if you know exactly how much you’re willing to spend on a renovation.

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What Is a Daylight Basement?

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Daylight basements are considered semi-basements. Semi-basements are ones that are partially below the ground rather than entirely. This means that semi-basements aren’t fully above-grade nor fully below-grade either. And that’s precisely what a daylight basement is.

As the name suggests, the fact that daylight basements are partly above the ground means they’re designed to bring natural light in. This also means that at least one window in a daylight basement is big enough to provide sufficient lighting. Continue reading

Low-Ceiling Basement Renovation

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One of the biggest issues homeowners face when renovating their basement is the ceiling height. Many older homes were not designed to utilize the lower level of the home as living space. Low-ceiling basement renovations are challenging because the rooms look unnaturally and uncomfortably small. Also, sometimes there might not be enough space to install utility wiring and ductwork.

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Soundproofing a Basement Ceiling

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Every homeowner knows that hearing sounds of TV’s stereos, games, and conversations that carry from one area to another can be irritating. In this case, you should consider basement noise reduction when renovating your basement. Soundproofing the ceiling tiles will reduce the noise that travels between the upper and lower levels. Also, soundproofing the basement ceiling is one of the more cost-effective and easy renovations that can be done to increase the level of comfort and privacy in all rooms of the home.

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Basement Insulation

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Insulating the basement of your home is necessary to keep the temperature regulated while reducing moisture and mould from entering. An uninsulated basement can cause several problems in your property. First, colder basements are responsible for up to 20 to 30 percent of your home’s heat loss during cold months.

Frozen pipes also become a serious issue during the winter. Your home will suffer great damage if the pipes rupture. Additionally, mould formation from moisture build-up in the basement is another serious issue. Black mould can cause serious health problems, mainly targeting the respiratory system. To prevent moisture and mould buildup, cracks and leaks must be properly sealed and insulated.

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Why You Should Hire a RenoMark Contractor

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If you are planning to do renovations to your home, there are many reasons why you should hire a RenoMark contractor. Finding a qualified contractor to renovate and repair your home is never easy. Anyone who owns a home have heard horror stories of experiences with bad renovation contractors. From no-shows and shoddy work to long delays, overpricing, and theft, the list is endless.

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