Facts About Basement Insulation MethodsFacts About Basement Insulation Methods

A Basement Insulation project is a great way to add living space to your home and save on energy costs. There are several things to be considered concerning such a project. Getting solid advice is a smart thing to do, and home improvement stores are staffed with people who can help you with your questions about this type of basement insulation methods. If you are not a do it yourself type, then speaking with a contractor is essential.

If you want to convert your cellar into a living space, then Insulating these walls is vital. The walls are below the ground, which also means they are below grade. Areas of a house that are below grade can have moisture problems. Cellar walls Insulating will keep out the moisture, helping to prevent serious problems with mold growth.

The amount of money you can expect to save with this project is dependent upon your local climate. Other factors such as your home heating system, your lifestyle, fuel costs will also play a part in how much money you can save. For a 1500 square foot home, energy savings will generally be significant.

Choosing the right cellar insulating materials is also a very important decision to be made. The R-value of insulating material refers to its ability to conduct heat. Installers use R-value ratings to determine what kind of material to use in different areas of the house. Wall insulating material typically carries a value of R4.

It is generally preferred to insulate the walls of a cellar rather than the ceiling, as the cellar is connected to the other living areas of the house at the ceiling. Insulating a cellar has several advantages and disadvantages to be considered before project commencement. Find out more about the pros and cons below.

Insulating the walls of your cellar can present with you several distinct advantages. Less insulating material is required to insulate the walls than to insulate the ceiling. The ceilings contain plumbing, ductwork, and electrical wiring. Because of this, walls are much easier to insulate than are the ceilings. Extreme climes can present homeowners with unique problems. The freeze-thaw cycle, for example, can cause damage to your homes foundation. Insulating will help prevent that. Also, the insulation in the basement will reduce the build-up of condensation and moisture.

There are some disadvantages to insulating the walls rather than the ceiling. If radon gas is present in the soil surrounding your home, then a radon gas mitigation system will need to be put underneath the floor of your basement. The price of wall insulation materials can be more expensive. Much of the materials for exterior insulation are prone to insect infestation.

Many other things should be thought of with basement insulation methods. Radon resistance and air quality control do need to be addresses. But, moisture control is probably most important. Moisture can get in to the basement through cracks and holes, or through the porous building materials like wood and masonry. Moisture control helps prevent problems with humidity and mold.
by Adriana J. Noton
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