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What are some different basement wall systems?

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Owens Corning and Champion are companies that both offer complete basement systems, including labor, to homeowners. Wahoo Walls sells basement wall systems to homeowners who want to finish their own basements.

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Basement wall systems use inorganic materials that quickly dry and do not retain moisture. Most have plastic or vinyl frames with added insulation that screw directly into the basement walls. These systems do not use drywall, which can crumble during flooding and mold if exposed to moisture for prolonged periods. Most also avoid using wood, which can rot.

Owens Corning’s basement system uses a fiberglass board coated with neutral Teflon paint to prevent staining and ensure easy cleaning. Champion's basement system allows users to choose between four different colors of linen-look fabric for their finished walls. These walls require special hardware to hang pictures, and heavy hanging objects, such as televisions, must have structural members installed behind the wall to accommodate their extra weight.

Most basic systems also include electrical work, door installation, baseboards and crown molding, window trim, and lighting. More expensive systems may also include HVAC work, plumbing and windows, depending on the homeowner's needs.

Most basement finishing systems use a drop ceiling, so they can quickly cover pipes, wiring, duct work and joists while still allowing repair people access to these systems. The wall panels may also snap in and out of place, so workers can fix wiring and plumbing problems without damaging the walls.

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