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Question DetailsAsked on 12/2/2011

Which system is better for basement walls: compressed fiberglass/fabric panels vs. foam insulation/cement board/vinyl fabric covered panels

Our wood stud/drywall basement was moldy. We want to refinish using non-organic materials. We have gotten several bids for different types of wall panel refinishing systems. Some (made by Owens Corning, etc.) are made of compressed fiberglass with a fabric cover. Others are layers of extruded foam and cement board, covered with vinyl. Both look good, but which is better for the basement? We would like information regarding basement humidity, appearance, etc. from anyone with knowledge/experience with these types of basement wall refinishing systems.

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I would recommend solving the moisture problem (thus mold) instead of trying to use materials that will hide this issue.

Solving the mold issue will save you from other problems (unseen mold, rusted fasteners, critters) in the long run.

Organic vs non-organic materials is not the issue; why you have mold and how it should be solved is where I recommend you spend your time and funds.

Good luck.


Answered 9 years ago by Kenny Johnson

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