Basement Finishing in ON, including White River, Sault Ste Marie & Thunder Bay.
Basement Finishing

General Contractor or Basement Remodeling Contractor?

Often, the choice is clear when you're looking for someone to work in your home: a plumber fixes your shower, an electrician will add a light switch, and so on. In other situations, it might seem that one contractor is as good as another.

To this end, homeowners in Ontario generally go in either of two directions when planning their basement finishing: they either find a general contractor who's willing to do the work for them, or they seek out a local basement remodeling expert. When you're choosing between the two for yourself, there are three important things to consider:

Basement Finishing Before After Photo

Basement Finishing Experience

A basement is filled with unique challenges that do not exist anywhere else in the home. A general contractor who usually works in the wide open spaces upstairs will now have to deal with low ceilings, heating ducts, pipes, water heaters, furnaces, water storage tanks, and a variety of other obstacles that are unique to the basement.

An experienced basement remodeler will have years of creatively working with these challenges to help you make the basement look exactly the way you want it to. They'll also be familiar with Ontario building codes and standards, and they'll be familiar with the best practices in the industry.

A finished basement is going to look different than the rest of the home. Basements have more obstacles, fewer windows, and usually a lower ceiling than the rest of the home.

Any contractor will want the design to be consistent with the upper levels, but an experienced basement finisher will know how to take advantage of lighting and basement windows to make the most of your space.

 


Ruined Fiberglass Basement Finishing System with stains

Proper Materials for a Basement Renovation

The environment of a basement requires different building materials than the rest of the home. Unfortunately, general contractors will often still insist on installing drywall for the walls and ceilings while placing a carpet on the floor- just like they do in the rest of the home. This leads to a problem that SST Basement Systems has seen by the dozens- moldy drywall, sagging ceilings, musty smells, and ruined remodeling jobs installed by well-intentioned general contractors that just don't see the long-term effects of installing with these options.

For example, general contractors will often install carpeting on top of a wood subfloor on the concrete basement floor. This installation will take 3-4" of head room from the homeowner's area. Additionally, when wood boards are laid on a basement floor, they will collect moisture and humidity that seeps upwards from the porous concrete below. This moisture will cause the wood to rot, swell, buckle, grow mold, and emit foul odors. The damage will eventually spread to the carpet, ruining the finished floor. And drywall, even mold-resistant drywall (which has no lasting warranty against mold), will also grow mold and be easily damaged by any moisture or leaking.

Experienced basement contractors such as SST Basement Systems will be able to provide you with the lasting solution you're looking for. Using well-insulated, completely organic materials that include a long-lasting written warranty, the basements they install will stay beautiful for many decades, without needing to be refinished.


Customer Rated Service from our Basement Finishing Contractors- Handshake

Reliability in General Contractors

General contractors do not make a living finishing basements. Simply put, any estimates on materials needed, price, or time needed to install your finished basement are going to be rough. Expect at least a 10% cost overrun by the end of the installation.

Additionally, general contractors will tightly schedule their work. If they've underestimated the time they need, they may have to return at a later date to complete the job. This leaves the homeowner with a house fill of displaced belongings while they wait for the contractor to return.

Lastly, the Small Business Administration reports that 50% of contractors fail within the first year and 96% within the first five years. If you hire a contractor who is not well-established in the industry, there's a solid chance that they won't be in business anymore when you need them. And a warranty can't last if the company is no longer there, right?

Professional Basement Finishing Contractors in Thunder Bay

Basement Remodeling Plan After in Thunder BayFinishing the basement is a big job! With the wrong contractor working in the space, you could be paying for poorly finished space, compliments of a contractor who will be out of the industry by the time your materials decompose.

SST Basement Systems has been specializing in basement remodeling projects since the early 90s, and we have the experience, lasting products, and reputation you need to feel confident that you've picked the best basement finishers for the job. You can count on solid pricing that won't rise by the end of the job, the best basement finishing plan, and a job done at the scheduled time.

SST Basement Systems serves Ontario in areas surrounding Thunder Bay. For a FREE basement finishing quote, call or e-mail us today!

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Serving ON including the Greater Thunder Bay area
Our Ontario Service Area
Cities in Province of Ontario
Angling Lake
Armstrong Station
Aroland
Atikokan
Attawapiskat
Aweres Twp
Balmertown
Barwick
Batchawana Bay
Batchewana First Nation
Beardmore
Bearskin Lake
Big Trout Lake
Caramat
Cat Lake
Chaput Hughes
Clearwater Bay
Cochenour
Cochrane
Collins
Connaught
Constance Lake
Dalles
Deer Lake
Devlin
Dinorwic
Dobie
Dorion
Driftwood
Dryden
Dubreuilville
Eabamet Lake
Eagle River
Ear Falls
Echo Bay
Emo
Fauquier
Fort Albany
Fort Severn
Fort William First Nation
Fowler
Frederickhouse
Garden River
Geraldton
Gorham
Goulais River
Graham
Grassy Narrows
Gull Bay
Hallebourg
Harty
Hawk Junction
Hearst
Heron Bay
Holtyre
Hudson
Hunta
Ignace
Iroquois Falls
Iroquois Falls A
Jacques
Jellicoe
Jogues
Kakabeka Falls
Kaministiquia
Kapuskasing
Kasabonika
Kashabowie
Kashechewan
Kearns
Keewatin
Keewaywin
Kejick
Kenora
King Kirkland
Kingfisher Lake
Kirkland Lake
Lac La Croix First Nation
Lac Seul
Lansdowne House
Larder Lake
Longbow Lake
Longlac
Macdiarmid
Madsen
Manitouwadge
Marathon
Matachewan
Matheson
Mattice
Mckenzie Island
Migisi Sahgaigan
Minaki
Mine Centre
Minnitaki
Monteith
Montreal River Harbour
Moonbeam
Moose Factory
Moosonee
Morson
Murillo
Muskrat Dam
Nakina
Nestor Falls
Nipigon
Nolalu
North Spirit Lake
Ogoki
Opasatika
Osnaburgh House
Oxdrift
Pass Lake
Pawitik
Pays Plat
Peawanuck
Perrault Falls
Pickle Lake
Pikangikum
Pinewood
Poplar Hill
Porcupine
Porquis Junction
Prince Twp
Rainy River
Raith
Ramore
Red Lake
Red Rock
Redditt
Rosslyn
Rossport
Sachigo Lake
Sandy Lake
Sault Ste. Marie
Savant Lake
Schreiber
Schumacher
Searchmont
Sesekinika
Shebandowan
Shuniah
Sioux Lookout
Sioux Narrows
Slate Falls
Slate River
Sleeman
Smooth Rock Falls
South Gillies
South Porcupine
Stratton
Strickland
Summer Beaver
Swastika
Tarzwell
Terrace Bay
Thunder Bay
Timmins
Tunis
Upsala
Val Cote
Val Gagne
Val Rita
Vermilion Bay
Virginiatown
Wabigoon
Waldhof
Wawa
Weagamow Lake
Webequie
White River
Whitedog
Wunnumin Lake

Our Locations:

SST Basement Systems
648 Squier St., Unit #9
Thunder Bay, ON P7B4A8
1-807-788-1013