Basements require egress by law. Please visit our Egress page for ideas and details.

Basements are all installed to code. Townships will require fire blocking

We prefer to use 2x4 Framing. Easier faster and your typical steel studs are flimsy. We do have access to heavier gauge steel studs.

We use a sill seal with a pressure treated bottom plate regardless of steel studs. All sheetrock is glued and screwed. We use mesh tape with bag spackle which dries faster and will not shrink or crack as you see in most homes. Pro Gc uses a 4,000 CFM fan to keep your house free of dust.

Fire blocking is installed using solid wood or a rotten cotton fireproof insulation.

We install multiple hard wired Smoke Alarms with at least one Carbon Monoxide Detector.

See electrical for lighting choices. Led lights are the best choice for energy efficiency and less carbon footprint.

Electric is installed to code with the new childproof outlets.

Insulation is installed properly which believe it or not many experienced contractors fail. Heating a home is not based on how much insulation you can stuff in a wall. Insulation is not efficient if it does not have a air gap. YES THATS RIGHT ! I said air gap is important because heating is based on the transference of air.

Heating vents are installed properly as well as return vents. Return vents are more important then your actual heat vent another big mistake!

These are just some of Pro Gc secrets and installation methods.

 

The Big Debate

Drop ceiling verses a sheetrock finished ceiling? Really that needs to be your final decision. Drop ceilings will allow easy access to pipe repairs, new wiring etc. Ultimately Pro Gc recommends drop ceilings. Drop ceilings will loose minium 4"ceiling height. They will add fire rating. Sheetrock ceilings are less expensive but can be wavy due to bad joists. Maybe you just prefer the look of sheetrock.


Pro Gc, will build Your Home Your Way !

Please visit the Armstrong link below as they are the leader in ceiling tiles.

 

 

Flooring

Concrete floors need special attention to flooring because concrete will constantly give off moisture.


Carpet

Carpet is typically first choice for flooring because of cost. Pro Gc recommends spending the money for the highest grade padding. This will be more comfortable on feet and back and may even have some medical benefits. The better the padding the longer life you can expect from carpet.

Feel free to choose the any of the following links for carpet, Hardwood or laminate flooring.


Laminate and Hardwood floors

Pro Gc will not install your flooring like most inexperienced contractors. We pay attention to detail and seams will be random and almost never follow another seam within same column. We recommend hardwood floor. Laminate floors will delaminate unless you buy quality laminate flooring. Pro Gc can not guarantee laminate qualities. Laminate flooring is inexpensive and easy to install. Hardwood flooring or carpet will add value to resale. We recommend using a floating floor system for even your Hardwood and laminate flooring options. We recommend a heavy-duty padding which also acts as as vapor barrier from concrete moisture.

Please visit the link below and the two links above for Hardwood flooring and laminate flooring choices

 

 

Design

Pro Gc offers a special 3d Cad design for our clients.

Our cad is limited and not a full design or architect drawings.

3cad design will save time money and expose problems like having a door too close to a wall. Pro Gc may even place your actual furniture sizing in cad if you pre measure your furniture for us.

Architects are available for the elaborate designs. Architects typically charge $800-$2000.00 for their services.

Interior designers is not Pro Gc specialty but we do know the pit falls of design. We do not currently have any interior designers we would recommend. Please choose your interior designers carefully as they will reflect you.

Below are some example of cad.

Waterproofing

Sump Pump System is simply the best investment for any basement

DRYLOK is hands down the best waterproofing material for concrete walls and floors. Please take your time before waterproofing your basement. This is a time consuming process and you only have one shot to do it right! Do your walls look scaly or moldy? This area must be treated properly prior to DRYLOK! There are many steps to water proofing a basement..

Do your foundations have structural cracks?

Please read our entire page which is extensive. Water problems must be taken seriously. Insurance companies will pay you once but not a second time!

Visit the links below to know all the details prior.


DRYLOK® Extreme Latex-Base Masonry Waterproofed

The next generation in waterproof coatings. This smooth waterproof paint is perfect for the most demanding conditions. Fully transferable 15 year warranty. Ideal for interior, exterior, above or below grade masonry walls, basement walls, retaining walls, foundations, landscape walls, cinder blocks, concrete blocks, bare concrete swimming pools, stucco and brick. Flexible Encapsulated Polymer used for the ultimate in waterproof protection. Specially formulated to resist mildew growth on the paint film. Stops 12 psi, that’s greater than a wall of water 26 feet high! Passes ASTM D-7088 Resistance to Hydrostatic Pressure an ASTM D-6904 Resistance to Wind Driven Rain.

  
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Foundation Cracks Repairs

Foundation repairs are handled by one or both methods described below:

First method is we use a hydraulic cement. We cut out a 2 inch v notch into existing crack then clean and prime with concrete primer. We then fill with hydraulic cement and sponge smooth.

$RYLOK® Powdered Masonry Waterproofed
Decorated and waterproofs masonry walls. An economical masonry waterproofed Mixes easily with water. Prevents water penetration of masonry surfaces. Available in white. Recommended Use: Interior, exterior, above or below grade. Wall surfaces only-not formulated for use on roofs or floors. Ideal base coat prior to painting as well as finish coat.

Second Method is we use a HILTI epoxy system filled and extruded into cracks.

 

(ILTI is the best at everything they manufacture.

Installation specs.

MSDS Specs

 

 

 

 


 

Sump Pump Systems and French drains

Please Visit our Battery Backup and Sump Pumps for detailed description.

Sump Pump Systems are installed by creating a french drain around the perimeter of your basement. 3" drain hose with drainage sock is installed and surrounded by stone.

Sump Pumps are installed in a plastic basin with the pump sitting on few inches of stone to filter dirt.

See our battery backup system for the ultimate in backup and sump pumps.

 

 

Insulation

Insulating Interior Basement Wall


Pro Gc Insulation is installed properly which believe it or not many experienced contractors fail. Heating a home is not based on how much insulation you can stuff in a wall. Insulation is not efficient if it does not have a air gap. YES THATS RIGHT ! I said air gap is important because heating is based on the transference of air.

With batts and rolls from R-11 to R-21, it’s easy to add insulation to interior basement walls. EcoTouch® insulation with PureFiber®technology is a practical choice for basements and all around the house because it is easy to use and environmentally sustainable.

For best results, ensure foundation walls are sound and free of water problems. Caulk and seal the band joist, plumbing, electrical lines, and other penetrations. We place faced insulation between the studs with the vapor retarder facing the interior of the room. For the band joist, use we use unfaced cut-to-fit pieces of insulation and place them snugly into the space.

Battery Backup System with Power Inverter

The elite battery backup system. Definitely not your average system.

This a Full 110 Volt battery backup system. This system does not run a boat pump as most battery backups. The above system runs two sump pumps in case one pump fails. One power inverter which charges the banks of batteries. When power failure is detected by inverter the system will switch to battery power. This type inverter will keep batteries charged properly and prevent batteries from needing frequent replacement. Each Battery is capable of 100 amp hours per battery. What this means is that you calculate your amps of your pumps divide by amps. This system is capable of running the existing single pump for 33 hours or dual pumps for 15 hours straight

Sump Pumps And French Drains

Sump Pumps come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Pro Gc prefers the Professional grade.

Please visit Flotec or ZOELLER website for detailed descriptions and warranties.

Flotec Professional Series

  

Flotec® Professional pumps are exactly what professional contractors demand! Flotec taken the best of what contractors have asked for and developed an elite group of products that meet the requirements of any professional installer. 


French Drains And Pump Installations

Sump Pump Systems are installed by creating a french drain around the perimeter of your basement. Pro Gc Installs 3" drain hose with drainage sock and is surrounded by stone which prevents clogging. Sump Pumps are installed in a plastic basin with the pump sitting on few inches of stone to filter dirt.

Dry a Wet Basement With a Perimeter Drainage System

Basement drains come in many shapes and sizes, some which work better than others. Basement drains go by a lot of names, like drain tile, weeping tile, French drain, interior footing drain among others.

To keep your basement dry all the time you can install a drainage system along the inside basement perimeter.

An interior system can avoid the yard damage and expense and damage that's caused by an exterior drainage system. Interior systems cost half as much as exterior systems, usually install in 1-2 days, and don't need outside excavation.

How Interior Basement Drains Work

To install a basement drain, the Pro Gc will run a drainage system across all problematic walls and along the whole perimeter of the basement or crawl space.

When the water collects, it's directed to a sump pump, which carries the water away from the house.

DRAIN-SLEEVE® is a low cost and timesaving alternative to backfilling with expensive, heavy, and sometimes hard to find granular backfill materials. The specially knit fabric allows very fine soil particles to pass through and into the perforated pipe that are subsequently discharged from the drainage pipe with the water. The remaining larger soil particles that are blocked from passing through the fabric, bridge against each other on the outer surface of the fabric. Like granular backfill materials, the bridging effect of these soil particles improves the permeability of the native backfill materials immediately surrounding the perforated drainage pipe.