The cost of an Owens Corning Basement Finishing System varies according to the dimensions of the room, layout complexity and installer mark-up. Larger basements require more materials than smaller areas. Cellars with exposed ductwork, conduit, unusual or excessive corners, or multiple sub-divisions also drive material and labor costs up. Additionally, Owens Corning system installers are generally franchisees and are able to set costs independently of the company.
The Owens Corning system is an alternative to traditional drywall and ceilings. It consists of tracks mounted into the concrete foundation of the basement. Wall panels made of a fiberboard core and acrylic facing attach to these tracks to create a relatively seamless wall. The drop-ceiling holds suspended tiles of the same material and includes inset lighting.
The major advantage of this system is its significant mold and mildew resistance due to the plastic finish. This makes it ideal for use in humid or moisture-rich regions. The insulating value of the panels, although not as robust as traditional insulation methods, is enough for modest thermal retention. Additionally, the modular nature of the panels provides easy access to the foundation and electrical or sewage systems. The finish of the wall panels retains most forms of paint to decorate the basement as desired.