With the heat of the summer in full swing, you might be looking for a place to cool down during the sweltering hot afternoons. Why not turn your basement into an escape from the heat and humidity? We understand that it’s important to properly finish your basement to avoid having to fix bigger problems in the future. The best place to start with finishing your basement is the flooring. By conducting some research, we found the best option for basement flooring is epoxy. Today we will be talking about epoxy flooring and some other tips and tricks to make your basement a dream.

Epoxy flooring for the basement is one of the best solutions because they offer a waterproof finish. Water damage affects over half of the basements in North America, and experts predict that 90% of basements will eventually experience water damage. This means a waterproof flooring system for your basement is an absolute must. At the same time, an epoxy floor can provide your home with a waterproofed foundation which decreases the amount of moisture and reduces risks of water seepage from the concrete. This means your basement will be less humid, it will smell better and will keep water from causing any damage.

The next step in waterproofing your basement is to seal up your walls. Basement wall sealing is a crucial step during the process. If your basement is cold, damp and smelling of must, then this can be attributed to unsealed walls. It’s highly recommended that you seal the concrete walls and foundation before you start working on any other type of renovation. You can choose from many options for sealant, such as rubber coatings, but keep in mind that while sealing can keep out any water seepage, you may still get a damp feeling if your home’s venting is not up to par.

Lastly, you will want to improve the lighting in your basement. Chances are, it doesn’t have large windows or get a lot of sunlight down there. In most basements, you’ll just find a single lightbulb hanging by a string, but that definitely won’t be enough to make your basement livable. The basement ceiling can be very restrictive in terms of being able to install light fixtures. In general, we have found that the best form of lighting for basements are can lights. Can lights do not take up much space in the basement and they can be energy efficient with the use of LED bulbs. Whichever type of bulb you decide to go with, be sure that they are white bulbs. Yellow- tinted bulbs can make your basement feel gloomy, whereas white light will make things feel more awake.

These are the best ways to start with making your basement a more livable place. After you finish these tasks, your basement will be ready for furniture and maybe even a TV. You will be able to proceed with your basement refinishing plans!