Late 1990′s through Present Times Fabric Walls or Vinyl Walls
The basement finishing approach used in late 1990s presented several problems since the fiberglass batts or fiberglass blankets were not resistant to mold, decay and odors. The Building Science Consortium came to the conclusion that these approaches led to further problems of mold and decay and thus were highly unsuitable for basement wall insulation in Rumson.
Fabric or vinyl wallpaper installed over fiberglass insulation was introduced as a solution for paneling basement walls in New Jersey. Although fiberglass insulation works fine for above-ground areas, this product allows mold to grow in basements because they are such high moisture areas. This is one huge drawback of using this material in basement walls.
Fiberglass insulation should ideally only be installed in non-habitable spaces like attics and crawl spaces, because systems often do not enclose the fiberglass and thus allow fiberglass fibers to filter into the living space.
Other shortcomings of these systems include limited décor, lack of load-bearing structure and visible seams. You do not have any place to hang a picture. Similar to wood wall panels for basement in the 1960’s, fabric- or vinyl-covered walls have become obsolete due to the inability to change styles or colors easily.