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Drywall Alternatives For Your Basement Remodel

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If your basement is unfinished and you’re planning on remodeling your basement in order to turn it into a useable space, then one of the renovations that you’re most like going to focus on is finishing the basement walls. Generally speaking, most unfinished basement walls are bare concrete, which doesn’t exactly lend to a comfortable or inviting space.

One of the easiest ways to finish these walls is by simply covering them with drywall. However, drywall is not your only option. The following are a few alternatives to consider using to finish your basement walls:

Textured Wall Panels

Textured wall panels are basically a thicker alternative to simply covering your concrete walls with wallpaper or painting them. Textured wall panels are available in limitless design and color choices, which allows full control over how your basement ends up looking.

Wood Wall Paneling

Adding wood panels to the walls is a great way to introduce a warm ambiance that has a traditional feel to it. Wood panels can be easily installed as well using J-channels or other invisible fasteners. However, this is one of the more costlier options, especially if you opt to use a more high-end wood material.

Plywood or OSB

Plywood or OSB (oriented strand board) are more affordable alternatives to wood panels. They’re very easy to install and plywood is very easy to paint. However, the grain in plywood will still show through. OSB is a bit more difficult to paint due to its waxy surface, which makes it more difficult for paint to adhere. One of the bigger drawbacks is that neither offers much in the way of texture the way real wood wall paneling does.

Veneer Plaster

Veneer plaster is a combination of drywall and plaster. You’ll need to apply drywall to the studs. Once the drywall is up, a veneer coat of plaster is applied to its surface. It’s not too difficult to install and will provide an extra layer of strength that drywall does not have by itself.

Plaster and Lath

Plaster and lath provide a sculptural feel to your walls that can have a very unique texture. However, installing it can be a challenging process. This is because you will need to nail up hundreds of slats of wood, which are called lath, and then trawling wet plaster onto them and in between them. If parts of your wall experience damage over the years, plaster and lath walls are extremely easy to repair since they don’t require complete replacement.

Wahoo Walls

Wahoo walls are wall panels that boast an expanded polystyrene core. Each side of the panel consists of 1/4 inch thick layer of mineral board. Although the same size as drywall, Wahoo wall panels provide great R-value, which means that they will be very effective at insulating your basement. This is particularly beneficial since most unfinished basements are poorly insulated if at all, which is why they’re always so cold in the winters.

You could simply finish your basement walls with drywall. However, this is the least that you can do in order to create a finished look. These are some of the alternative options that you should consider, all of which provide a more unique aesthetic and which provide better insulation capabilities.

If you’re thinking about renovating your basement space, whether you want to turn it into an additional living room, a home theater room or a guest bedroom, to name a few options, then be sure to contact us at Majestic Home Solutions to request a free quote.

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