Category: Basements

Explore different uses when finishing your basement

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21 Apr

If you're considering finishing a basement in your home, there are a lot of exciting possibilities to explore. For many families, finishing the basement is a chance to utilize a space that's been unoccupied or not being used to its potential. A finished basement can transform a cold, dark concrete room into a warm and welcoming spot where families can entertain or…

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What to do if your basement starts flooding

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10 Apr

Spring is a beautiful time for many homeowners. It's an opportunity to get outside, work on the garden, keep up your landscape and play in the yard with the kids. But the torrential rain that makes your lawn green and your garden grow can also lead to some serious flooding in your basement. Homes in floodplains or near certain bodies…

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Fitting the Owens Corning Basement Finishing System to a Customer’s Needs

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04 Jun

We recently submitted a basement project to HGTV for a campaign they were running. They were asking for a project that changed a homeowner's unused space into something great that could be used for years to come. Below is a description from the basement designer of how Alure was able to create an amazing space in the basement for Todd…

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The Dangers of Black Mold in Basements

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26 Oct

Any type of mold in a home can cause serious health issues in those who are at risk but one of the most dangerous types is Stachybotrys chartarum. Although Stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold as it is commonly known, can be found almost anywhere in a home, the basement is particularly susceptible to its insidious growth. This is due to…

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Home Theater: Which Flat Panel TV is Right for your Space?

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15 Mar

Here we are a little over one month removed from the Super Bowl, and with the start of March Madness I've begun thinking about my flat screen HDTV. Some of the folks we sit with and present our basement finishing system to, are looking to convert their basement into a TV room or in some cases a full blown Man Cave!…

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What is an Egress Window and do I need one?

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20 Dec

E·GRESS: a means or place of going out, an exit. An egress window is a window large enough, as defined by local business codes for entry or exit in case of an emergency. These are typically required when finishing a basement and are paired with an Egress Well with attached ladder or steps for easy escape. Window well escape systems…

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The Dangers of Mold and Mildew

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20 Dec

Molds in the Environment Molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. Outdoors, molds play a key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. Molds belong to the kingdom Fungi, and unlike plants, they lack chlorophyll and must survive by digesting plant materials, using plant and other organic materials for food.…

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