If you’re wondering why your downstairs is always cold, the answer could be a lack of basement insulation. This can account for as much as 20 percent of the building’s total heat loss, which is pretty significant. People remember to insulate building walls and attics, but basements sometimes get left out in the cold. Insulating a structure from the bottom up can provide significant benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Full foundation basements are the most common kind, with below-grade walls that support the buildings. Older ones made from concrete generally have drain tiles, waterproofing, and parging on the outside but may be damaged or deteriorating. Concrete also contains moisture that can get into the basement.
Foundations made from brick, stone, and other materials might have uneven thicknesses and depths. The older ones can retain moisture when built with mortar and might also have drainage paths that absorb water from the outside. Here’s why yours should be insulated, no matter how it was made.
- Improved warmth and coolness: An insulated basement will increase your home’s HVAC system efficiency and overall value. There will be less stress on the system, and you’ll be warmer in the cold weather and cooler when it’s hot out.
- Prevent mold: Mold thrives in damp environments, and basement insulation can keep moisture away from basements.
- You’ll have more living space: No one enjoys spending time in a cold, damp basement. Insulated ones are more welcoming and end up getting used more often.
To learn more about basement insulation, call our offices today and we’ll tell you about the different options for insulating your floors, walls, and ceilings.