Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 16 HOUSE + HOME JUST ASK BOB Bob answers your questions about home renovations and DIY projects. Hi Bob – We are in an older home built in the 1960’s, with a basement that was already finished when we purchased the home several years ago. The walls are well insulated and we don’t mind the painted paneling and acoustic tiled ceilings – but the flooring needs to be replaced. As far we can see, moisture does not seem to be a problem. Can you advise about the different products on the market for basement flooring? We will be replacing the flooring in a carpeted “Rec” room that currently has carpet over a raised wooden subfloor that sits on the concrete, and in a laundry room area that is just the painted concrete. Thanks, – Fran and Mike G., Hamilton Research, research and more research; I cannot stress that enough. Spend time talking to your family and friends, walk up and down all the isles at the big box stores to get ideas – these stores even offer work shop seminars, spend time on the internet investigating the different types of building materials on the marketplace, call your city’s local building department and ask lots of questions about permits and contractor licensing requirement, and even call your home insurance company and ask them how this basement renovation may affect your home premium. You will need to be armed with all this knowledge before and throughout the entire building process. Make the tough decision: Do it yourself, or hire a contractor? Doing it yourself, by picking at it will take a long time (can take years), but you will however save yourself thousands of Just Ask Bob, and you could WIN $50! Just Ask Bob Prize Giveaway Continues!! Four $50 dollar Home Depot Gift Cards for the best four Home Reno questions submitted to Bob, via Silver and Gold Magazine by October 31, 2015! Congratulations to all our winners so far –in print and online! Click here for details: 16 Check out our new website! dollars. If hiring a contractor, insists they prove to you that they have all of the following in place: License, references (at least a dozen), contractor’s insurance and contractor’s Work Place Safety Board Insurance coverage. It is a good idea to “test” your contractor’s patience before you hire them – that will reveal a lot about their personality and character. You can also Google their name and company name to investigate them for any potential red flags. Water. Your basement is essentially sitting in a hole in the ground, surrounded by earth and water, it is not a question of will it ever leak, it is a question of when will it leak. Even without direct water leaks from the exterior, the concrete walls and floors will always emit moisture, at times very high levels of moisture. Ensure you are building a “smart” basement that will handle the water when it leaks and not cause mould and damage to your finishes. Here are some products that I strongly recommend, please take the time to research them yourself; An absolute must-use product!! Floodsill™ is a waterimpermeable base plate for building basement walls and partitions, and can save you up to $15,000 of mold and water damage repair: Schluter Systems has an amazing product line for many basement applications, and a must for basement shower stalls: Georgia Pacific has created a real step up when it comes to mould resistant-drywall, where the drywall’s paper (the food source for mould) has been replaced with fiberglass: Mike Holmes shares this video with ideas on total basement insulation. Building healthy: It’s not always just about the price – consider future health implications Did you know that many of the products used to construct your basement will off gas for many, many years? Contractors will not generally go out of their way to research and use safe products that do not emit dangerous VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). It is ultimately your job to find these products and insist on having them used by name and brand. Please avoid OSB (oriented strand board at all costs), yes this includes