Don’t Waste Your Space!

November 16th, 2012

Do you have an unfinished basement that is dying to have a makeover? Finishing your basement offers more benefits than you may think. Not only will you add more living space and increase the value of your home, but it can also make your home more energy efficient! The Total Basement Finishing System (TBF) offers a total basement remodeling package that will work with any design idea. The team at Pete Westera’s Basement Systems USA can work with you to create the perfect living space in that unfinished basement. Obstacles like low ceilings, water heaters and poor lighting are all issues that the TBF system were made to overcome.


Choosing the right flooring in your basement can be a daunting task. An unfinished basement usually has a concrete basement floor and while it is extremely durable, it’s also porous and unattractive. While your floor may not feel wet to the touch, water vapor can still make its way through. Just laying down carpeting or wood flooring can actually trap the moisture underneath, leaving your flooring susceptible to mold and mildew. The TBF system has a variety of waterproof flooring options to suit your needs:

  • ThermalDry Tiled Basement Flooring – a durable matting system that combines a waterproof vapor barrier with inorganic ceramic-looking tile. Tiles are specially designed for a basement’s unique conditions such as humidity, cold or water issues like a plumbing leak.
  • ThermalDry Carpeted Basement Flooring – similar to the ThermalDry tiles, these carpet tiles create a thermal break in your basement floor and a vapor barrier that will help keep moisture from the concrete from reaching your carpet or humidity in the air. The carpeting tiles, like the other tiles are also inorganic and will never promote mold or rot like normal carpeting. Have a small tear, stain or rip? Simply replace the tile and you’re carpeting looks beautiful once again.
  • Millcreek Basement Flooring – This PVC with vinyl textured grain of hardwood will give you the look and feel of hardwood flooring without the worry of rotting, mol, expansion or buckling when wet. There is a no-maintenance finish and the flooring is treated to resist fading.

If your heart is set on wall-to-wall carpeting, it’s very important to make sure you have the correct foundation. Our ThermalDry Basement Floor Matting, like all other TBF flooring, creates a break between your finished basement and the cold basement floor. Using ThermalDry flooring makes your floor 5-10 degrees warmer than before, making your new finished basement more energy efficient thus saving you money on utilities!


When it comes to finishing your basement walls, The TBF wall paneling is the way to go. Unlike wooden framing that can rot or grow mold and metal framing that will rust and weaken the insulative quality over time, your TBF wall system is made of high-density foam insulation. Hard cement board and a decorative vinyl covering. This system gives you a stylish look that can hold as much as 300 lbs. This means you won’t need to go searching for a stud to hang that brand new LED TV on your wall! The TBF wall paneling is an attractive off-white and beige combination with a subtle texture that will complement any furnishing and décor.


TBF recommends drop or suspended ceilings in a finished basement for several reasons. This type of ceiling offers important advantages to a finished basement like how warm or cold the floor above your basement feels and how much noise travels to the rest of the home. A drop or suspended ceiling also allows easy access to ducts, electrical cords and cables. The TBF ceiling tiles are made from inorganic mineral fiber composition instead of wood fibers. These ceiling tiles are water resistant and come backed with a 30-year transferable warranty against mold and mildew. The TBF ceiling tiles come in two unique styles:

  • Linen Ceiling Tiles – These are the brightest, richest looking tiles that will give your finished basement a more attractive look. Their bright design will make your room appear larger, cleaner and well lit. This type of tile is ideal for a family room, home office or home theater setting.
  • Prestige Ceiling Tiles – Specifically textured tiles to be forgiving of marks and dings and an economical price tag make this the perfect tiles for a game room, children’s play room or a home gym.

Finishing Touches

Our variety of lighting options includes fluorescent, halogen, LED and compact fluorescent. We also offer an option to include crown molding where the walls and ceiling meet as well as a decorative baseboard molding. Basement beams can be attractively covered in a detailed custom column wrap with crown molding and base included! Adding a staircase similar to those you would find in the main area of your home and French doors give your new space a more inviting feeling.

A correctly finished basement provides added living space and value to your home as well as saving energy with a healthier home environment overall. Take that unused space and create the room (or rooms) of your dreams. With the TBF system you can have the ultimate “ManCave”, home office or theater room in no time. If you need some extra cash in today’s economy, turn that lower level into a basement apartment and rent it out. The possibilities are truly limitless so give us a call today at 1-800-403-8249.

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