Year: 2019

Basement Insulation: Why It Matters and Installation Methods

When thinking about insulation, the attic is the first area of a home that comes to mind. Many homeowners never think of the energy lost through an uninsulated or under-insulated basement.

Basements are a major source of energy loss. Basement box sills, located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling where the walls of the home meet the foundation, are the thinnest points in a home’s exterior, allowing outside air to leak into the basement.

Basements are constructed from concrete which easily transfers cold, damp air from the surrounding earth into your basement. This creates a cold basement and the cold air can also affect the temperature of your home’s first floor.

Basements can be successfully insulated with rolled fiberglass insulation with an attached vapor barrier. This product is often (and appropriately) called basement roll. Basement roll is taped to the top of the concrete walls near the box sills and covers the entire concrete wall. If a basement is partially above grade, areas surrounding the windows are insulated with fiberglass batt insulation and covered with drywall. As a final step, box sills are insulated with fiberglass batts or spray foam.

Increase the comfort of your home’s living space with basement insulation.

Contact our office to learn more and schedule your free estimate.

 

Why Insulate Your Crawl Space?

Controlling the moisture in your crawl space is a priority for keeping it dry. Improper drainage can lead to more significant problems including structural damage, infiltration of pests and mold.

Moisture control begins around the exterior of your home and many problems can be avoided here early on. Installing gutters is fairly inexpensive compared to the benefits. Gutters direct the rain water away from your foundation and your crawl space. If you are unable to install gutters, hire a professional to grade the ground around your home so water flows away from the structure.

After external issues have been handled, closely inspect the inside of your crawl space. Dirt floor crawl spaces are a great place for pests to live. This direct exposure to the earth creates moisture that can lead to mold and affect the structure of your home’s foundation.

Insulating and sealing your crawl space can protect your home’s structure and make your interior more comfortable. Our team will insulate the walls of your crawl space with 2-1/2 inch Thermax board or line the floor and walls with basement roll (fiberglass insulation with FSK backing). Following this step, box sills are insulated and with spray foam.

Take care of your crawl space issues now before they create a larger problem with your foundation or your health.

Contact us if you have crawl space issues or questions.

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning? Check Your Attic Insulation!

If you are eager for spring and already in the middle of house projects, there is one task to add to your list: checking your attic. Most attics get little attention. It is important to inspect your attic regularly, especially after a hard winter. Spring is the best time for this activity because any winter weather damage will be easy to spot.

Checking and updating your attic insulation now will ensure your home is protected from summer heat and ready for next winter’s cold temps. Although it’s important for all areas of your home to be insulated, your attic is particularly important; and it’s also an easy place to check. The majority of energy waste occurs through your home’s attic if it’s not properly insulated.

Correctly insulating your attic space will help keep heat where it belongs – in your living space. If your attic has inadequate insulation, blown-in fiberglass can be added on top of existing insulation to create a complete thermal blanket.

Proper ventilation is also an important part of attic insulation and an effective fiberglass insulation attic system. Attic ventilation helps facilitate proper airflow through the attic space. This allows the entire attic system to work effectively, prevents moisture build-up and lets the insulation to do its job.

When inspecting your attic, be sure to check the roof deck for any water damage. This could appear as wet areas on the roof deck or dark areas that have been stained by water.

Now is the time to check and upgrade your attic! Contact our office to schedule your insulation consultation today!