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Basement DIY: Framing + Subfloor

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Make efficient and stylish use of your underground space! Whether you're doing a quick update involving paint and accessories or a complete basement refinishing job, Lowe's has all the tips, tools, and products you need to get the job done. Roll up your sleeves and get started!

What Do You Want To Do?

Proper framing for your basement is crucial since it's the skeleton that anchors the entire basement's structure. You'll need to frame the walls and ceilings of your basement, as well as build soffits, frame partition walls, and frame around obstructions like ducts, doors, windows, and electrical fixtures. Here's what you'll need:

The subfloor is the supportive foundation for your basement floor, so a well-prepared subfloor is key to a lasting and durable floor. A well-installed, high-quality subfloor is also crucial to minimizing squeaking and movement and retaining heat for maximum energy efficiency. Subfloors are usually plywood or concrete, and come in varying panel shapes, weights, and finishes. Here's what you'll need:

Subfloor Info + Tips:

  • Coat wood sub floor panels with a waterproof sealant for extra moisture protection.
  • Some subflooring is specifically made to provide maximum insulation, thereby improving the warmth of the flooring on top of it. Consider an insulating subfloor by Dricore or Amdry for a warmer basement.
  • Consider laying a vapour barrier; it's a thin sheet of plastic taped over a concrete floor and it protects flooring from dampness and moisture.
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