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Spring into a finished basement for added space

(NC) After a winter of hibernation, the spring is a perfect time to begin renovation projects that will impact your home's overall energy efficiency and save you money. An unfinished basement can be a major source of energy loss costing you more on your heating and cooling bills.

Finishing your basement is a renovation project that will keep your house cool in the coming summer months and reduce energy consumption. By simply finishing the space with wall and floor coverings, you will notice a difference on your energy bills. A renovated basement offers more than additional storage and living space. It can provide room for a growing family or a space where you can retreat for some privacy.

Insulation is a key component in making your basement look and feel comfortable, inviting and dry. For the best results, install a rigid board insulation (like Roxul ComfortBoard IS) against the concrete foundation before you stud the wall. The board is mechanically fastened or adhered to the concrete foundation wall, preventing thermal bridging through the studs, offering a higher R-value and better thermal performance. It will ensure your basement is not a source of energy loss, but rather an inviting space all year round.

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