Archive for April, 2019

How to Improve Lighting and Insulation in Your Basement

If you want your basement to be more functional, you can add insulation and better lighting to improve this part of your home. When planning to remodel your basement, make sure that you take into consideration adding more light and an insulation system so that you can make this area more comfortable for your family and guests. Here are some tips on how you can improve lighting and insulation for your basement.

Giving light to your basement

Choosing colors for your basement

In the home improvement process, you should want to appear more bright, cool and relaxed to your basement. So you should consider using a light colored paint. This is one way of emphasizing light sources, even if it is just a small amount of light, such as a lamp or light from a small window. Bright colors can instantly give your basement light and brighten it up.

Add more lights

You can use any number of lights for your basement. This would help to give the feel of different natural light sources inside the room. To highlight some elements found inside your basement, you can use a spotlight. Spotlights can add drama to your basement. Using spotlights can also eliminate the shadows forming in the corner of your basement so you get the illusion of light and space.

Insulation for your basement

Insulation for basement walls

There are actually two layers of walls in your basement. One layer is your foundation wall and another wall that should be one to two inches away from the first wall. In between that, a vapor barrier should be present. This is attached with a drainage system to help your basement be free of leaks as well as to prevent moisture from seeping into your basement.

Insulation for your basement ceiling

You can also opt for your basement ceiling to have an insulation system of its own. This would help to insulate the room and can also help contain noise within the basement. This is a good idea when you are using your basement as an entertainment area.

Check for leaks and moisture

If you have your insulation boards ready to be installed in your walls and ceiling, make sure that you check for leaks and any presence of moisture. Fix these problems before you install your insulation system to prevent bigger problems at a later time.

Seal band joists

Keep an eye on band joists and seal them. This would prevent the air and moisture from seeping in the wall joints. In addition to protecting the insulation system, this also keeps the plumbing and electrical system free from damage.

Follow these simple steps on lighting and insulation, and you will be on your way to having a better basement.