Basement Insulation: Foam Board vs. Spray Foam Insulation

The basement is an important party of your home. But when your basement is cold and drafty, it isn’t a very inviting area of your home. This is especially true in older homes where basements weren’t originally insulated at all. When a basement is cold and drafty due to the lack of insulation or poor insulation, it makes it an almost unusable space. This doesn’t have to be the case. We can help make your basement warm and inviting with new insulation. We recommend choosing from two types of basement insulation.

Basement Insulation: Foam Board vs. Spray Foam Insulation

  1. Foam board insulation – The first basement insulation that we recommend considering is foam board insulation. It comes in rigid panels that can be cut to fit the space needing insulation. When installed correctly, foam board can create an air barrier. There are different kinds of foam boards. Some are water-resistant which can help with moisture and potential mildew problems. This type of insulation usually doesn’t need to be replaced over time.
  2. Spray foam insulation – Spray foam insulation is sprayed into place, which allows it to fill all the little gaps. This type of insulation creates a barrier of air to prevent any outside air seeping in as well as heated or cooled air moving out. This is particularly important for eliminating any pesky drafts in your basement. There are two types of spray foam insulation. If you choose open cell spray foam, you will also benefit from its ability to dampen sound. This is especially beneficial in the basement, as it will help to prevent noises from traveling throughout your home. Lastly, spray foam insulation doesn’t retain water, which helps to prevent issues with mold and mildew.

Here at ARC Insulation, we have 26 years of experience insulating homes from the attic to the basement. Give us a call today to get a free quote for your next insulation project.