When finishing the basement in your Colorado home, there are several structural factors to consider besides deciding what to use the space for and how to arrange the layout. Hiring a professional basement finishing contractor with an established reputation for quality renovations is critical to getting the job done right. The design and build contractors at KBC Remodeling Services in Longmont have the expert know-how to finish basements in Colorado safely and beautifully.
Factors to Consider When Finishing a Basement in Colorado
- Floating Walls- Colorado has expansive soil because it contains bentonite, which expands when wet. This soil condition requires that basement walls hang from the ceiling joists and “float” along the floor plate, anchored by extra large nails. Properly framing basement walls is critical in preventing them from pushing up and causing structural damage to the floors above.
- Radon Mitigation- Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in Colorado’s soil, water and rock. It is imperative to test the radon level in your basement since the gas can enter through any unsealed area. If the radon level is high, a system that pulls the gas out of your home will need to be installed and detectors should be purchased to keep your family safe.
- Heating- Spending time in an unfinished basement in Colorado during the winter is about as appealing as sitting in a refrigerator. A good remodeling contractor knows that adding sufficient insulation and putting the basement on a different zone for your HVAC system will help tremendously to make it a warm and cozy space.
- Sump Pump- Although Colorado has a dry climate, leaks and even flooding can happen- sometimes from the inside with a broken water heater and not the weather. Installing a sump pump is a safeguard against severe water damage in your beautiful newly finished basement.
If you are considering finishing your basement, choose KBC Remodeling Services of Longmont- the general contractor who knows the potential challenges of this renovation project and, more importantly, how to efficiently address any issues so you can begin enjoying your new space as soon as possible!