Frequently asked questions

1Average price to finish a basement

Independent research shows that a competitively priced basement finishing package would cost between $30-$35 per square foot in the GTA when done by a reputable, professional basement finishing company. For instance a 2,000 square foot house would usually have a 1,000 square feet basement, would cost between $35,000-$40,000 depending on materials and upgrades you choose.

This price should also include all labour, materials, designs and clean-up. You can find a great source of independently published prices at http://www.bakerstreet-hi.ca

2Humidity Control

All hardwood flooring expands in the humid summer weather and shrinks in the winter under dry conditions.

A humidifier is recommended to prevent excessive shrinkage in wood floors due to low humidity levels. Wood stoves and electric heaters tend to create very dry conditions. A humidity level between 45-50% is recommended.

In damp conditions, proper humidity levels can be maintained with an air conditioner or dehumidifier or by periodically turning on your heating system during the summer months. Excess humidity in the summer can cause boards to swell and consequently warp.

In dry conditions, proper humidity levels can be maintained with a humidifier, wood stoves, and electric heat tend to create very dry conditions. Excessive dryness can cause wood floors to shrink and as a result creating gaps between the floor boards.

Maintaining proper humidity levels in your home will help extend the life of your hardwood floors ensuring a continual enjoyment of your investment for years to come.

3The contours of your Basement Floor

It is common practice for basement floors to be uneven or sloped to a drainage point in the floor. This is done on purpose by the builder so in the event of a flood, excess water can be drained properly.

Should there need to be corrections to slope, or re-leveling a basement floor, the builder of the house will need to be contacted. As well, any corrections that need to be made such as improper drainage or insufficient slope, are the sole responsibility of the house builder.

A good flooring solution for a basement with uneven or sloped floors is to install a floating floor. It has the ability to take the shape of even a sloped or uneven floor.