Evolution of Basements 1

  1. Evolution of Basements 1
  2. Evolution of Basements 2

1960′s Wood Framing – Paneled Walls

In the beginning, people used to finish their home basements with wood framing, paneled walls and shag carpets. This was a popular trend in those early years but with modern technologies and advanced materials available, it became obsolete. There are now many alternative ways for finishing basement walls and the “fad” of this cheap wood paneling method is over.

1980′s Wood Framing – Gypsum, (SheetRock – Drywall)

By the 80’s, homeowners started to use Sheetrock walls for remodeling basement. Homeowners could now repaint the walls to keep up with style changes. Although this method solved the problem of décor and changing styles there was still a problem with durability since sheetrock walls deteriorated quickly.

What is Greenboard Drywall?

Greenboard drywall comes with a green paper covering and the gypsum material is placed between two paper coverings. This drywall has same properties as regular drywall but has a water-resistant and green paper covering.

Greenboard Drywall Cannot Be Used for Wet Applications

Greenboard drywall cannot be used for wet applications such as basements as the paper covering is water-resistant but not waterproof. In addition to this, the brittle gypsum core is not suitable for wet or damp locations applications such as a home basement.

Sheetrock: your walls are actually full of water

Gypsum contains a large volume of water bound in crystalline form; 10 square feet (1.0 sq m) of gypsum board contains over two quarts of water. Each molecule of gypsum is composed of two molecules of water (H20) and one of calcium sulfate (CaSO4). By volume, it is nearly 50% water while the compound is 21% water by weight. Also, when exposed to fire, the water vaporizes and temperature of panel remains at 212°F (100°C) until all of the water is released. This helps to protect the underlying wood framework. The paneling basement walls in New Jersey available today are durable and look stunning.

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