What is your opinion on wood vs metal studs as well as rolled insulation vs foam board/blown in foam insulation in a basement finishing project. 

Michelle,

In a basement that is likely to experience higher humidity, if not higher active moisture, steel studs for framing are a great alternative since they cannot be consumed by molds and mildew.

They are lightweight, non-load bearing and fastened with screws and rivets. They are typically at a similar price-point to good quality wood, though a professional might charge a bit more to install them.

As to the insulation, we like a foam board/sheets vs fiberglass batts in the basement because the boards will not absorb moisture and active moisture will not degrade them or their effectiveness as a thermal insulator.

We would also suggest that nothing you install come in direct contact with the existing basement walls such that your new walls are installed approximately one-inch out and away from the basement walls.

Feel free to run any additional questions you may have by us – we would be glad to help.

Stay in touch and tell everyone you know to listen to the Inside Outside Guys!!!

Blessings,

The Guys

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