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Even if it’s currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential. Treat it just as you would any of the rooms aboveground, and it might just become the most popular spot in the house—for a lot less cash than adding on. Here’s our bottom-line advice for turning this underutilized space into a place you’ll be eager to spend time in.
Concrete acid stain can be applied to new or old, plain or colored concrete surfaces. They are available in 10 basic colors. Although they are often called acid stains, acid is not the ingredient that colors the concrete. Metallic salts in an acidic, water based solution react with the concrete to permanently color of the surface. Siliceous aggregates such as gravel or sand, do not react with the stain. Surfaces containing a higher content of cement will react more than one with less cement yielding more intense colors.
Installing basement tiles is not the hardest thing in the world to do, in fact you can find a lot of information on this subject by clicking here , but you will need some specialized tools to help you along the way. Tools to cut the tiles for those odd pieces around corners and along the walls. Tools to spread the cement and grout. It is a bit more labor intensive than installing laminate or engineered flooring and will take a little bit more time as you work to get the tiles in their squared-off patterns, but if done right makes an excellent basement flooring idea.
If your drywall is bowed or has any other major damage you will need to replace the affected are. First you will need to locate the nearest stud on either side of the damage. Use a nail to poke some holes through the drywall. Keep making holes in a line horizontally across the wall until you locate the studs (you will need to cut down the middle of the studs). Cut a rectangle out of the drywall with a utility knife. Next, replace the area with new drywall. Then mud and tape the joints using the method explained above. If the damage is more sever you will need to call a fire and water damage restoration company.