Why A Cellar Conversion
Here at Convert My Basement we also specialize in offering renovation and adaptive service geared specifically towards cellar spaces. Cellars are different from basements, as they have typically been constructed as storage spaces, typically for food, wine and also often coal. This makes them deliberately cool places that need to be approached from a different angle with particular emphasis upon waterproofing. Here we’ll take a look at the specifics of adapting a cellar into a living space, and how Convert My Basement can help all the way.
Why Is Waterproofing So Important?
Cellars can often be damp due to the coolness that has pervaded them often for many decades. Once upon a time it would have been either very difficult or extremely expensive to waterproof a cellar adequately for the long term.
The news is that the boom in cellar redevelopments in the UK has been fuelled by considerable advances in waterproofing technology, while at the same time also becoming much cheaper and easier to procure. An excellent example for waterproofing a cellar space is a material called Cavity Drain Membrane that is essentially a very strong polyethylene composite. This is easy to fit and highly durable while also requiring comparatively little in the way of preparing for walls for the application of the material.
CDM is a preferable option to traditional cement based renders, as it will last a very long time – an important consideration when water table levels increasingly expand more and more pressure to below surface walls. CDM also adds an extra element of enhanced insulation due to it being vapour proof and utterly impervious to water. All in all it’s the best option out there for anyone looking to convert their cellar.
This method should last a lifetime and the installation is relatively straightforward – the only caveat being that it will need reliable and diligent tradespeople who carry it through successfully. The reasons for this are the drainage provision that needs to be carried out; that effectively removes the water that is invisibly retained under the membrane.
Following application of the materials the cellar will have been converted into a temperate high quality living space.