Basement Wall Systems

ZenWall™ Basement Wall Paneling System ZenWall™ Benefits Easy to clean & maintenance-free. Waterproof & stain resistant. Effective moisture & vapor barrier. Insulated core & reflective backing improve comfort & energy efficiency. Compatible with WaterGuard® perimeter drain tile. Captures all wall seepage and leaks. More basement wall products: CleanSpace®Wall System Basement to Beautiful® Insulated Panels The ZenWall™ Wall Paneling System is only available from a certified installer in your area. Contact us to request an inspection & get a free cost estimate to have it installed in your home. Core & cover. ZenWall™ panels have a core of compressed fiberglass insulation, sandwiched between a tan vinyl facing and a reflective foil backing. Insulated & finished walls – no painting, peeling cold concrete walls Products that do more than one thing provide extra value. That’s why you’ll be impressed with the ZenWall® Basement Paneling System. ZenWall™ panels can be used throughout the basement, to cover concrete foundation walls and interior partition walls as well. In addition to providing a finished wall surface, ZenWall™ panels also provide moisture and cold protection. Each ZenWall™ panel has an insulated core and a reflective radiant barrier backing. Working together, these features keep your basement more comfortable and eliminate contact with cold, clammy concrete walls. The basement wall panels also direct any wall seepage down to the perimeter drain system, preventing this leakage from getting onto your basement floor. Get a Free Quote Today! The ZenWall™ panel system includes ¼-in.-thick panels and vinyl molding profiles that are used at all panel joints and terminations. The textured vinyl surface on the “show” side of each panel is attractive, durable and highly resistant to stains. It’s also waterproof and easy to clean with a damp cloth. Most homeowners like the textured surface and the neutral tan color, which is compatible with any décor. Instead of painting your foundation walls or building wood-frame, gypsum-paneled walls that can be damaged by moisture, why not choose ZenWall™ panels instead? You’ll get a beautiful, maintenance-free wall that will look beautiful for many years. Our Basement Waterproofing Products Perimeter Drain Tile Learn More Basement Floor Matting Learn More Basement Windows Learn More Basement Walls Learn More Window Wells Learn More Looking for a price? Get a no cost, no obligation free estimate.
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Basement Wall Systems

They don't use drywall. The Wall panels are made of non-organic materials that will dry out quickly in the event of flooding and resist even normal basement moisture. This avoids a major issue with drywall, which used organic paper as a facing material, which can easily develop mold.  They provide wall insulation. Built-from-scratch drywall finished basement walls have no insulation unless they are framed with sleeper studs and insulation is installed beneath them. Since basements are either completely or partially underground, temperature control is of major concern, and the wall panels used by basement systems have built-in insulating properties.  No DIY installation is possible. All these companies make their money through the installation, not the materials, so it is virtually impossible for a DIYer to buy the materials themselves to install.  Suspended ceiling are the norm.  A suspended ceiling is the most expedient way of adding a ceiling to your basement while preserving access to services located near the joists (wiring, etc.). Flooring is not included.  Do not assume that flooring comes with the basement finishing system. Their main product is the wall paneling, not the floor or ceiling.  The cost is high. Basement finishing systems are far more expensive that a DIY- or even contractor-built standard basement finishing job. So, depending on the size of your basement, these can run $30,000 and upward. The businesses are franchised. Not all franchises are equal in customer service or quality, so it is wise to do your research. While the materials themselves may come from highly reputable and respectable manufacturers, you may be unlucky enough to come upon a franchise that is incompetent or dishonest.  Salesmen can be aggressive. Be prepared. Basement finishing systems fall into that shadowy world of replacement windows, sunrooms and bathtub refinishing. Be certain of one thing. The salesperson will push hard, but do not be afraid to push back. Hard.
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Basement Wall Systems

A Place For Everything For this creative, playful and relaxing basement by designer Amanda Miller, a combination of wall-hung shelving with baskets, cubby-style storage units and freestanding pieces, including a media center, keep the active space well-organized. Photography by Paul Goyette Organized and Accessible Keeping everything within easy reach and organized, cubby systems like this one from ClosetMaid with labeled pull-out drawers are a wonderful way to store items in a finished basement. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid Study Storage Designer Amanda Miller added a built-in homework station and craft area to this renovated basement she designed for homeowners with six children. Maple cabinets and a custom fabric-covered bulletin board encourage neatness and keep everyone updated on activities. Photography by Paul Goyette Smart Storage Combing different storage solutions is often the way to go. In this basement, two tall towers that offer both closed and open storage flank a TV with a shelf and storage ottomans below. Photo courtesy of Lowe’s Attractive and Useful The cool climate of traditional basements make them popular for wine storage. A handsome hutch is an attractive and useful way to store the items you need for an in-cellar tasting party. Photo courtesy of Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry Photo By: Scot Gordon Photography Basement Entertaining If you have the space, turn your basement into an inviting bar with a designated storage and seating area. Display your favorite collectible wine bottles in built-in open racks. Photo courtesy of Closet Factory Play Time Well-placed storage keeps a basement playroom clean and organized. Combining both cabinets and drawers like these from ClosetMaid gives you the flexible storage you need for a variety of items. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid Under the Stairs Remember to efficiently use the space under your basement stairs. A credenza or other linear storage unit allows you to keep essentials out of sight but easily accessible. Photo courtesy of Room & Board
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Basement Wall Systems

Constructing Basement Space A basement can be a difficult environment to finish because the space is typically colder and more humid than above-ground space. Finishing a basement with traditional building materials presents the risk of encouraging mold, mildew, water damage, or warping. In many areas of the country, a vapor barrier must be installed before hanging wallboard. That can cause more harm than good because it traps moisture in the walls. It may also mean no access to the foundation or mechanicals.A basement system means the entire project is installed at once instead of piecemeal through individual contractors. A good basement system contractor will also lead the homeowner through the necessary steps required to ensure a dry, healthy, and code-compliant basement upgrade. Owens Cornings only sells their Basement Finishing System through certified, franchised dealers to ensure that their product will meet the highest installation standards. “These professionals will conduct inspections to assess the condition of the basement and recommend any needed repairs prior to starting work (waterproofing, mold remediation), and will also handle all needed permitting,” Mitchell says.
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Basement Wall Systems

Frequently Asked Questions Q. Is the Basement Finishing System™ available in stores? A. To assure optimum results, it is offered and installed by our Basement Finishing System™ certified professionals. Q. What advantages does it have over traditional drywall? A. Many. Drywall dents easily, restricts access to your foundation, is damaged by moisture and is subject to mold and rot. The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ helps eliminate these problems, and others. Q. Will it waterproof my basement? A. The Basement Finishing System™ panels are moisture-resistant to accommodate high-humidity environments, but cannot correct an existing water problem in your basement. Q. How long does it take to install? A. The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ can be installed in less time and with less mess than traditional drywall. An average basement can be completed in about 2 weeks. Read the Entire FAQ
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Basement Wall Systems

The basement is a unique space, and a demanding environment to finish. Unlike the rest of your house, the basement sits below ground level and is surrounded by soil that remains cold and wet. When traditionally finishing a basement, this can pose many problems. However, by applying some basic “building science” to the design process, a basement can be safely finished. That’s why choosing the right finishing materials for your basement is a crucial step towards creating a safe and healthy living environment for years to come.
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Basement Wall Systems

Unlike a traditional finished basement with stud walls or furring strips with attached wallboard, basement finishing packages are proprietary systems that take an unfinished basement and turn it into first-class living space. As systems, they include more than just walls or ceiling — they include trim, lighting, electrical work, and door installation. Some system installers also offer flooring, plumbing, HVAC, and windows to meet homeowners’ design plans.
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Basement Wall Systems

In addition to providing a finished wall surface, ZenWall™ panels also provide moisture and cold protection. Each ZenWall™ panel has an insulated core and a reflective radiant barrier backing. Working together, these features keep your basement more comfortable and eliminate contact with cold, clammy concrete walls. The basement wall panels also direct any wall seepage down to the perimeter drain system, preventing this leakage from getting onto your basement floor.

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