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An un­fin­ished base­ment is a source of en­ergy loss in most homes. If you do fin­ish that space with wall and floor cov­er­ings, plus in­su­la­tion, you will no­tice bet­ter sound proof­ing – and a big dif­fer­ence on your en­ergy bills. Ren­o­vat­ing your base­ment not only pro­vides a sound­proof space for the ul­ti­mate ‘man cave’, but it could give the en­tire fam­ily more liv­ing space. If you de­cide to go the man cave route, sound­proof­ing is es­sen­tial when con­struct­ing your new do­main. A sim­ple so­lu­tion is the in­su­la­tion choice you make. By se­lect­ing a min­eral wool prod­uct such as Roxul Safe N’ Sound, you will get sound-ab­sorb­ing qual­i­ties that let you crank up your sub­woofer, or cheer and jump around when your favourite team scores. If you just want to cre­ate a new liv­ing area or more stor­age space, in­stall a rigid board in­su­la­tion against the con­crete foun­da­tion be­fore you stud the wall. Roxul says that their Com­fortBoard IS is to be me­chan­i­cally fas­tened or ad­hered to the con­crete wall, pre­vent­ing ther­mal bridg­ing through the studs. This in­su­la­tion will give you a more ef­fec­tive and higher R-value and bet­ter ther­mal per­for­mance. It will en­sure your base­ment is not a source of en­ergy loss and as invit­ing re­treat all year round. Mike Holmes is Canada’s Most Trusted Con­trac­tor.

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