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Homeowner’s Guide To


Now You Can Have A Beautifully Finished, Mold Resistant1, Sound-Absorbing Basement With A Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty2... (as long as you own your home)


Inside This Brochure




Why Owens Corning


Basement Finishing Ideas


Our Process


Family & Game Room Ideas


Advantages Over Drywall


Kids’ Playroom Ideas


Product Details


Home Office Ideas


Customer Testimonials


Home Gym Ideas


Frequently Asked Questions


Home Theater Ideas

Questions? Need More Information?

1 (800) Basement •

Introducing A Revolutionary Way To Quickly Finish Any Basement That Minimizes The Usual Pitfalls, Hassles, Problems, and Red Flags4

Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to turn your basement into your

Welcome to the world of the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing

“dream” living space. Your family will enjoy their new game room, workout

System™. We offer a revolutionary way to quickly finish any basement that

room, office, movie theater—whatever you want the room to be!—for years

avoids the usual pitfalls, hassles, problems, and red flags associated with this

to come, and you may increase the value of your home in both tangible and

kind of project. Instead of disrupting your household activities for months,

intangible ways.

it only takes about two weeks. Instead of using lumber or drywall—which

The real question now is, “Who should I hire to finish my basement?”

can be a food source when mold is present—the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ uses walls that resist mold and mildew1, has a Lifetime

This is a question that should not be taken lightly. When many people

Limited Transferable Warranty as long as you home your home2, and creates

think of basement finishing, their first thought is an arduous, months-long

a beautifully finished basement!

process of measuring, cutting, and hammering 2 x 4s and hanging drywall. The sheer enormity of the project is a major reason many people seem to perpetually put off finishing their basement—or simply rule it out altogether.

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Basement Finishing Ideas: Transform Your Basement Into A Beautiful Family Room or Game Room With the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™, you and your family can enjoy your newly remodeled basement sooner than you may have thought possible. Whether you’re looking for a place to watch movies with loved ones, unwind with a good book at the end of the day, or relax on a Sunday afternoon, transforming your basement into a family room is one of the best basement finishing ideas around. The Basement Finishing System™ is a great way to create your dream game room. It’s mold resistant1 and Class A fire rated. Since our walls are sound absorbent, it helps keep your home peaceful and quiet



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We use walls that last a lifetime2, resist mold and mildew1, and creates a beautifully finished basement. That’s just the beginning. (as long as you own your home)

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Finish Your Basement To Create A Kids’ Playroom Finishing a basement with the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ is a simple way to create a new room for your house without building an above-ground addition, and it makes a great space for a playroom. By having the Basement Finishing System™ installed, it’s easy to provide the kids with a safe and comfortable environment that’s sure to get rave reviews at playtime.


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Turn Your Basement Into A Home Office If you currently work from home, or think you might like to in the future, setting up an area where you can focus and get your work done is likely a top priority – and your finished basement can be a great place to set up shop. After all, your office can be only seconds away, and you’ll be able to customize your new basement home office to your liking with the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™. A basement finished with the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ can provide you with a comfortable workspace year-round, thanks to its insulated basement walls that are designed to help keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. As an added benefit, the insulated walls also absorb sound, which can make it easy when you need to focus on your work. Furthermore, when it comes to setting up your computer and other necessary equipment, you’ll be happy to know that the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ allows you to hide wires behind its removable walls and trim. This feature can help keep your finished basement from looking cluttered with cords.

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Utilize Your Basement Renovation As A Home Gym Have you thought about creating a space specifically for your own use? If your busy lifestyle prevents you from exercising as frequently as you’d like, or you’d just prefer to work out from the comfort of your home—and out of view of strangers—why not create a private gym? The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ is a great choice for creating your own home gym. It can be completed in about two weeks, and with sound-absorbing walls, your home gym will be as quiet and comfortable as it is convenient.


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Refinish Your Basement As A Home Theater Refinishing your basement with the Owens Corning® Basement

sound-absorbing walls are sure to get rave reviews from your whole

Finishing System™ gives you the opportunity to transform your

family because you’ll be able to crank up the volume and listen to

dark, dingy basement into your own home theater – complete with

movies without competition from outside noise – and minimize

exceptional acoustics and comfortable temperatures all year long.

disruptions to family members who are elsewhere in the house.

If you love to curl up with a big tub of popcorn and watch movies,

Plus, refinishing your basement with the Owens Corning® Basement

utilizing your basement is an excellent option.

Finishing System™ and its specially designed, thermally insulated

The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ allows you to create a home theater in your house without the potentially high cost of building an above-ground addition. The insulated,

walls will help keep it cool during the summer and warm in the winter, so your family will be able to enjoy movie night throughout the year.

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Why Owens Corning

The Manufacturer of Your Basement Does Make a Difference Does it really matter who manufacturers your basement finishing materials? YES IT DOES! Owens Corning and its family of companies are committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. A Global Company Where Market-Leading Businesses are Built Building Materials products are focused on making new and existing homes and buildings more energy efficient, comfortable and attractive.

A Heritage of Innovation For nearly 75 years, Owens Corning has led virtually every major technological advance in glass fiber technology. Through the years, Owens Corning innovations have ranged from military applications during World War II and the Fiberglas™-reinforced 1954 Chevrolet Corvette to the manufacturer of materials for Appollo space suits, insulation of the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, and the Fiberglas™ roof of the Haj Terminal in Saudi Arabia, to name but a few. This spirit of innovation continues today with revolutionary solutions such as Owens Corning’s high-performance EcoTouch® insulation, introduced in 2011.

PINK is Green™ Owens Corning is committed to balancing economic growth with social progress and environmental stewardship as it delivers sustainable solutions to its building materials and composite customers around the world. The company’s ability to deliver on this commitment has earned Owens Corning a number of related honors, including a ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.


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our process

Certified Basement Finishing Contractors Install the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ in

Eight Steps

When finishing your basement with the Owens

4. Compliance

Corning® Basement Finishing System™ it can be

Production will ensure that your job meets all local building

extremely helpful to know what exactly to expect.


While the installation process may vary slightly depending on your unique basement setup, there are eight core steps to every basement remodeling project. The eight steps that your basement finishing contractors

5. Installation Appointment Installation start dates are set to begin work on your basement finishing project.

6. Installation Begins Quick and clean installation allows you to start enjoying your

will follow are detailed below.

new space in about two weeks.

1. The Welcome Call

7. Final Walkthrough

You will receive an initial call welcoming and congratulating

This step is to ensure you are completely satisfied with your

you on your investment in your home.

new living space.

2. Lending Agreement

8. Warranty and Satisfaction Survey

The office will explain the various payment options.

Register your warranty and complete a Customer Satisfaction Survey. Did we meet your expectations?

3. Pre-installation Walkthrough Once financing and cost details are complete, a walkthrough of the project will be scheduled with a member of the production department.

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Once You Learn the Advantages of Our Unique System, You’ll See That There’s Really No Comparison.

Finishing your basement is a major project—understanding the relative strengths and weaknesses of different ways of getting the job done is critical. Every aspect of The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ was designed specifically for the basement environment. Please consider the following details as you make your decision:

1. Installed In About 2 Weeks, Instead of About 2 Months Our system is installed quickly because the process and the nature of the materials being used require fewer labor hours. Consider this: A typical drywall installation could take about two months and can cause a huge mess. First they have to bring in a carpentry crew to frame the basement; then a drywall crew will hang, tape, mud, and sand the drywall. Other contractors may also be brought in to complete electric, HVAC, plumbing, and other work—which takes even more time. Our process is simple: Our installers only need a few days to install the framing (metal, not wood—quicker, less messy), 1-2 days for the electrician to complete the electrical work, then a few more days for the original small crew to install the walls, arrange for inspections, install the ceiling grid, and perform a final walkthrough with the homeowner.

Reasons To Choose The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ Over Drywall finish. When moisture is present, the walls actually “breathe” and allow it to pass through and dissipate in the air instead of trapping it, absorbing it, or both.

3. Durable, Dent- and Stain-Resistant, and Virtually Maintenance-Free Walls Depending on how you intend to use your basement, drywall could be a major problem. If you’re thinking of a kid’s playroom—dents and holes are an unfortunate reality. If you’re thinking of having a pool table—pool balls and pool cues have a way of finding the walls. Plus, with drywall, picture hanging and fixtures leave conspicuous dents and holes. The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ is dent resistant, mark resistant, and won’t discolor over time. With our innovative Picture Hanging Kits, you can hang as many pictures as you’d like without ever putting a single hole in the wall.

4. Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty2 The drywall typically used in basements generally has a 30 day warranty. The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ comes with a Lifetime Limited Transferable Warranty for as long as you own your home, covers any manufacturing product defects and can be transferred one time. A

2. Mold & Mildew Resistant1

warranty is only as good as the company that stands behind it.

Basements naturally have more moisture than the rest of your home… plus the added possibility of leaks from outside or from plumbing. Using drywall or other traditional methods if moisture is present, can increase the likelihood of mold and mildew developing.

5. Insulate Your Basement—Save On Energy Bills Is it any wonder that a global leader in insulation would create the Basement Finishing System™ that insulates your basement and contributes to energy savings in your home? Our sturdy walls are 2.5” thick and made from world

Our materials are breathable and resist mold & mildew . The exterior walls are made out of 2.5” of rigid fiberglass, and are covered with a beautiful 1


famous Owens Corning insulation. The walls are thermally insulated to reduce heat loss, which could lead to cost savings on your energy bills.

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6. Removable Walls Allow Easy Access to Foundation With drywall, it can be difficult to access your foundation walls. Basement foundation walls were simply not designed to be permanently covered up. First, there can be water problems in a basement caused by storms, foundation cracks, humidity, and indoor plumbing. If you finish a basement with drywall, there could be mold growing on the back side, and there may be no way to know. Also, drywall blocks access to address plumbing and electrical issues that can arise. With the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ walls are easily removable, which allows for access to the foundation. If there is ever any issue, simply remove the wall, address it, and put the wall back in place. This can prevent a small problem from becoming a major one.

7. Acoustic Insulation Keeps Basement Noise Downstairs Where It Belongs! When you consider that the average basement size is 800 square feet, and it rests directly BELOW your entire ground level floor, it’s important to consider how to minimize the noise—not just within the room, but also the noise that can ruin your peace on the floor above. Our sound absorbing walls are 2.5” thick and are certified with a .95 Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC). That means it absorbs most of the sound it comes in contact with. Drywall tests at a .05 NRC, meaning it reflects most of the sound it comes in contact with, making the room noisy. Our beautiful drop ceiling was specifically designed for the Basement Finishing System™, and it absorbs and minimizes sound travelling up into your house, meaning you don’t have to hear the basement activities as much (TV, children playing, music, etc.) while you’re upstairs.

8. Installed By Certified, Trained Professionals Installers of the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ are required to be properly trained and certified following the systematic installation procedures developed by scientists at the Owens Corning Science and Technology Center in Granville, Ohio. Drywall installers may or may not be certified to any particular competency level—don’t take a chance.

9. Class A Fire Rating Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ walls are Class A fire rated complying to the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) requirements for interior wall finishes.

10. End Result… A Beautifully Finished Basement Now you know the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ was designed specifically for the basement environment with features like quick, clean (minimal dust compared to drywall) installation, mold & mildew resistance1, and removable walls just to name a few. But what we hear from our customers time and time again is how much they enjoy spending time in their new living space. As you can see from the pictures, the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ creates a beautiful living space. Our customers tell us once we finish their basement it often becomes the primary gathering place in their home.

38,000 Families Can’t Be Wrong— the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ Delivers Great Finished Basements! The next step is simple: give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you design YOUR perfect basement and give you an iron-clad quote IN WRITING. We’ve finished thousands of basements and we’d love to help you finish yours!

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Product Details While conventional lumber and drywall construction work fine for above-ground areas, they can warp, rot and allow mold to grow in high-moisture areas like basements. In contrast, the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ lets moisture pass through naturally and resists the growth of mold1. Here are some of the additional advantages you’ll enjoy with the Basement Finishing System™.

A. Thermal and acoustic insulation for comfort and quiet. B. System resists mold and mildew.1 C. Durable, dent- & stain-resistant walls. D. Easy access to foundation, pipes and electrical boxes. E. Trim components fit seamlessly with easy access to low voltage wiring and foundation.

Finishing Facts

Professional, quick installation 14

Finished room in about two weeks

Easy access to foundation

Trim components add fine finishing touches

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Customer Testimonials We are extremely happy with the look and the functionality of the basement. Both the salesman Bill and the crew who built it, Howell and Ron were great. They worked with me all the way and there was no problem that couldn’t be solved. I would gladly recommend it to anyone wishing to install a quality basement. —Alan in Drums, PA We wanted to write this letter to let you know how much we enjoy our new basement and to thank you for all of the great work. We would highly recommend the Owens Corning Basement Finishing System to anyone we know, and have already been showing off our new basement to family and friends. —The Petersen Family in Saint Paul, MN

My wife and I would like to take this opportunity to commend our installer for his professionalism, quality of detailed workmanship, and guidance. Our project was completed within ten days without any problems. We would not hesitate to recommend the Basement Finishing System to anyone desiring the many features offered by Owens Corning.

We love our basement. The quality of all the materials from flooring to ceiling is remarkable. We look forward to all the enjoyment we will get in years to come because of Owens Corning.

—Richard and Greta in Fairfax, VA Thank you Owens Corning. The process and quality of work done was very satisfying. I would definitely recommend your services

—Lynn and Barbara in Chicopee, MA We just recently had the experience of the installation of the Owens Corning Basement System in our home. I want to thank

to others. I hope to enjoy the space for many years to come. —Angie and Marisol in Bayonne, NJ

them for making this experience a good one and I would

We knew this was the option for us. It provided us with 40% more

recommend them to anyone who wanted a project done.

living space, and allowed us to rearrange the house so everyone still had a place to sleep and play. The best part was how fast it

—William and Janet, OH

could be done! The whole job was complete in just 2 weeks. —Paula and Brian in Lincoln, RI We now have a relaxing and safe environment for our children to play. As well as extra living space to watch T.V., play games, and entertain our family and friends. —Christina in Franklin Square, NY

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Q. Are the materials mold and mildew resistant? A. Because of the basement’s unique environment, water damage and moisture are not uncommon and can lead to mold and mildew growth. Exposure to mold and mildew can cause

Q. Is the Basement Finishing System™ available in stores?

upper respiratory illnesses. All materials used in the Basement

A. To assure optimum results, it is only offered and installed by

Finishing System™ are resistant to mold & mildew1.

our Basement Finishing System™ certified professionals located in the United States.

Q. Has the product been independently tested? A. Yes. The Basement Finishing System™ has been tested by

Q. What advantages does it have over traditional drywall?

certified labs for flammability, thermal, acoustical, and stability

A. Many. Drywall may dent easily, restricts access to your

performance as required for listing by International Code Council

foundation, can be damaged by moisture, and since drywall

Evaluation Service, Inc.™ and is building code compliant with the

can be a food source for mold, it is subject to mold and rot . The

International Residential Code®.

Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ helps eliminate these problems and others since its inorganic material is not a

Q. What are the acoustic benefits of adding insulation to my

food source for mold.

basement? A. The Basement Finishing System™ features acoustic insulation

Q. Will it waterproof my basement? A. The Basement Finishing System™ walls are mold and mildew

that delivers a .95 NRC for sound absorption. Providing good 1

resistant to accommodate high-humidity environments, but

sound quality to your room making your home a peaceful, enjoyable place for everyone.

cannot correct an existing water problem in your basement. Q. How much does it cost? Q. How long does it take to install?

A. Each basement is unique, but compared to the cost of above

A. The Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ can be

ground remodeling projects, finishing your basement may be

installed in less time and with less mess than traditional drywall.

the most cost effective.

An average basement can be completed in about 2 weeks. Q. How do I get started? Q. Will I have access to my foundation walls?

A. It’s easy. Just call 1-800-BASEMENT™ to find the Certified

A. Yes. It is imperative that you have easy access to your

Installer nearest you.

foundation walls in the event of a pipe leak or electrical problem. The Basement Finishing System™ provides easy access with removable walls and trim components.

Questions? Need More Information?

1 (800) Basement • 1. While the materials and design of the Owens Corning® Basement Finishing System™ resist mold and mildew, the system cannot prevent or mitigate mold if the conditions necessary for mold growth otherwise exist in your basement. 2. Limited Lifetime Warranty covers any manufacturing product defects during the time you own your home. See actual warranty for details, limitations, and requirements. 3. Avoid usual pitfalls and problems when compared to drywall construction. THE PINK PANTHER™ & © 1964-2013 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2013 Owens Corning. All Rights Reserved.

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