Basement Finishing: The Extra Mile

If you’ve followed this series of basement finishing articles for any length of time, you know that we’re sticklers for the small details. This is because details make or break the project.

One basement finishing detail that is completely out-of-sight, out-of-mind, is gluing the bottom plate of your basement wall framing to the floor. This should be done regardless of the sub-floor type (i.e. concrete or wood).

If your basement has a concrete sub-floor, your basement finishing contractor will need to nail the wall framing to the floor using a ramset (a gunpowder actuated nail-driver). However, simply nailing alone may not hold the wall to the floor. Nails often break the concrete surrounding the entry point and over time the nail may lose its hold on the floor. A good sub-floor glue will set-up within 24 hours and hold the wall for decades to come.

Going the Extra Mile will Ensure a Basement Finishing Project with Enduring Quality

If you have a wood floor, gluing is even more important. A quality basement finishing expert knows that wood sub-floors will deflect ever so slightly as you walk. Deflection is a fancy term for flex, or up-and-down movement. Over time, this deflection will cause the nails holding your wall to the floor to pull out a small amount. Then, every time you walk past that point in the wall, you will hear nasty squeaks! Glue will hold the wall firmly to the floor, deflecting with the floor and eliminating squeaks.

Basement finishing is much like any other business. Going the extra mile and paying attention to detail go a long way in ensuring a quality job and a happy customer.

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