Saturday, February 7, 2004

Panels trim work time

Homeowners unwilling to put up with the time that traditional remodeling requires have an alternative since Toledo-based Owens Corning and Sharonville's Champion Window Manufacturing went down to the basement.

Both offer prefinished fabric-covered insulated panels that snap together with PVC framing against basement walls and boast time-saving installation, fire resistance, mold resistance and sound control.

An average basement can be put together in a week or two, including electric, ceiling and lighting work - as opposed to a conventional remodeling's six weeks or more.

"We obtain all the permits and inspections for the homeowners, and, because of the nature of the product, the rest of the house doesn't get covered with drywall and sawdust," says Ted Jones, product designer and president of Basement Living Systems, the Champion product.

Certified Home Improvement, the local Owens Corning Basement Finishing System, got its franchise in mid-2001.

It has finished close to 300 basements.

Prices for the systems are comparable to traditional remodeling.

Joy Kraft

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