Solutions for the cellar from Saint-Gobain

Whether you are converting your cellar as an additional working and living space or as a storage area, the underground part of your building is, in the true sense of the word, fundamentally important for the entire house.

For example, perimeter insulation and basement ceiling insulation ensure significantly lower energy consumption and a comfortable living environment with a healthy room climate, also on the upper floors.

Moisture protection and drainage protect against ground moisture, groundwater and pollutants from the soil. The result is permanently dry usable space, which remains free of fungi caused by mould and dry rot - and can be further developed.

Find out more about the themes of waterproofing, perimeter and ceiling insulation as well as drainage - and how you can expand your basement in a space-saving, sustainable and efficient way with drywall solutions.

Moisture Protection according to DIN 18195

For a permanently dry house right from the start

Cellar walls are subject to a wide range of loads. Only high-quality interior and exterior sealing according to DIN 18195 stops pollutants from the soil and protects against soil moisture as well as against the pressure of groundwater.

In the absence of or damage to sealing, moisture, even puddles and accumulations of water can occur - ideal conditions for fungi such as mold and sponge. Fungal infections endanger the health, harm the building fabric and can thus also reduce the value of the property.

Optimum protection against high loads from pressurized water with leaking seepage water is provided by the "white tank" made of water-proof concrete. The so-called "black tank" takes its name from the seal with black bitumen, which shields the walls like a skin of soil moisture.

Of course, a "black tank" does not have to be black. Innovative structural coatings from Saint-Gobain Weber are free of bitumen and have many advantages: they are extremely durable, environmentally friendly and can be bonded quickly even in bad weather. This saves time, money and protects the environment.

Perimeter insulation and ceiling Insulation according to DIN 4108

Heat insulation and protection for your basement, more comfort and space for your home

In technical terms, perimeters is the name given to those parts which come into contact with the earth. Correspondingly, the so-called perimeter insulation means an insulation of the basement outer walls or the floor slab.

Optimal perimeter insulation combined with a ceiling insulation, which protects against rising cold, reduces heat losses by up to 20%. This has a positive impact on environmental balance as well as on energy costs and thus contributes to satisfying the requirements of the "EnEV" Energy Savings Regulation.

Last but not least, the perimeter insulation protects against mechanical damage and additionally against moisture and condensation, since it prevents heat bridges - which in turn prevents mold and other effects which are harmful to health.

As a result, perimeter insulation and ceiling insulation have a considerable influence on the entire building climate and the comfort of living in the house.

A further advantage is that they do not lose any interior space due to the perimeter insulation, since this is fixed to the exterior walls. The utility value of the house increases.

It is best to choose an XPS perimeter insulation and a top deck insulation from Saint-Gobain ISOVER. You get durable products of certified quality that are easy to process.

Simple protection from rising cold from Isover

So simple to protect your house from rising cold from the cellar: the ISOVER Topdec insulating boards are attached to the ceiling from below – you are provided with a heat bridge-free continuous insulation layer. The insulation with Isover Topdec is particularly effective and inexpensive.

Drainage according to DIN 1986

Optimal hygiene and safety: Rely on quality for house drainage

Moisture and accumulation of water in the cellar cause massive damage which adversely affects the health, the room climate and the value of the property: the mold and the house sponge spread, pollutants from the soil penetrate the house. One possible reason is deficient drainage due to inferior pipes and drains that have leaked over time. The so-called oppressive groundwater also causes a deficient drainage.

An inadequate or missing drainage of the property can have dramatic consequences, for example, if the water masses are not sufficiently removed after heavy rainfall, and there is a flooding of the lower parts of the building or a backwater of contaminated water.

Therefore, right from the start, you should choose Saint-Gobain PAM's secure and economic drainage systems. The high-quality tubes made of coated cast iron are extremely durable with outstanding sound and fire protection values.

Cellar conversion

Give your ideas more space - and take advantage of innovative, sustainable construction products

In times of a lack of living space and rising demands on the living space, a cellar conversion for living purposes is something that suggests itself. Numerous building regulations have to be observed, which can vary considerably depending on the federal state. The regulations of the respective state building regulations apply, for example, to minimum height and window size. It is also important to check whether an official authorization is required before a conversion is carried out.

Once the bureaucratic hurdles have been overcome, it is a matter of the details: How should the space be divided up? What kind of floor is required, which even come into question? As a base, screed is a must, as the rough basement floor is not suitable as a base for tiles, carpet or parquet.

The fastest way to create new rooms with high living comfort is with dry wall construction. This offers you a variety of advantages: In contrast to solid build walls you can create much leaner constructions which offer both pleasened clamness and valuable living space.

The massive plaserboard Rigips Habito is recommended as an innovative dry wall product which offers a high level of noise protection and is an easy and secure way to fasten loads. Usual walls with double panelling can bear a load of up to 60 kg with only ony screw- without drilling, dirt or use of dowels.