Monday, June 15th, 2020 by Marco Campos
If you’ve noticed that your home is cooler than it should be, or if you have discovered that your insulation is not doing its job — efficiently heating and cooling your home — it may be time to replace the insulation throughout your house. Your insulation expert will come and assess your needs, but before the job starts, here are some things to expect when insulating your home’s attic, crawl space, or basement.
For the attic
Attic insulation provides energy efficiency in a house all year long. There are a few common types of attic insulation, including premium injection wall foam and blown-in attic insulation. With injection foam, the wall cavities are filled with foam, which gets in to all the crevices to form a barrier. With blown-in insulation, missing baffles are added to create a better ventilation system after the insulation is added by way of a specialized blower mechanism.
For the crawl space
If you have a crawl space, insulation may have been included in the building or encapsulation process but that won’t stop major heat loss through walls and floors, which can be taken care of with the right crawl space insulation. Walls and floors in a crawl space can and should use different materials. For the walls, SilverGlorigid foam insulation is recommended. This insulation combines highly effective graphite-impregnated insulation with a built-in radiant heat barrier surface. This gives your crawl space walls an unbroken plane of insulation. Installing SilverGlo on your crawl space walls will also provide your crawl space with a vapor barrier system, which will prevent moisture. For floors, TerraBlock foam insulation is recommended. It is able to be installed on uneven floors, this insulation also includes a vapor barrier that will keep moisture from making its way up through the dirt, stone, or concrete crawl space floors.
For the basement
Your basement may have fiberglass batts installed between the basement ceiling joists but this insulation only insulates the floor above and does nothing to make your basement more comfortable and energy-efficient. To do that, wall panels, like those made by Basement to Beautiful, combined with rigid foam insulation and steel nail flanges, which make it easy to install finished wallboard. Plus, they won’t compress or become damaged by moisture. How does it work, exactly? The technology forms an unbroken sheet of insulation on the basement walls and a graphite particle infusion enhances insulation properties by 24%. It also has built-in electrical outlets and prepares your basement walls for finishing. Your insulation expert, Dr. Eneryg Saver of Hudson Valley can go over everything that goes into installing and maintaining your new insulation. They offer a variety of options for insulating your foundation and more. All insulation products that they install are designed to withstand water and moisture and provide you with greater comfort from the ground up.
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