Category Archives: Insulation

With Basement Insulation, it’s Important to do it Right the First Time

Basements usually account for a significant amount of heat loss, particularly when the space has been poorly insulated. It’s because basement walls are expansive, and often un-insulated above and below grade. Worse, there’s undesirable air leakage, whether it’s through basement windows or through gaps and cracks in the foundation. The good news is that there’s plenty of room for improvement. In many situations, basement insulation can be combined with general repairs and renovations, or waterproofing the outside of the home, or when finishing the basement itself. Continue reading

For a Major Insulation Project – Consult a Professional!

The truth is, regardless of the scope of a home insulation project, it’s far better to work with a professional contractor than not. And when it comes to a major project, working with a professional is just fundamental. In most cases, unless the home is a new build, insulating a home is a retrofit project – it requires planning and execution that is best managed by those with experience. Retrofits require a good understanding of pre-existing conditions, potential problem areas, and preventive measures that will avoid worst-case scenarios. Continue reading

Understanding R-Values: The Measure of “Heat Transfer”

To understand R-Value in relation to home insulation, it’s not necessary to be a scientist or engineer. For the typical homeowner it’s enough to understand that R-Value is a measurement of thermal resistance – in other words, a measurement of a specific material’s resistance to “heat transfer”. In the building and construction industry, R-Value is the standard measurement for insulation. It allows manufacturers to accentuate the efficacy of their product – simply put, the higher the R-Value of a product, the better the insulation value. Continue reading

Retrofitting to Ensure Energy Savings

Home insulation is mainly about comfort – but it’s also about energy consumption and energy savings. After all, an energy efficient house will dramatically reduce heating and cooling costs throughout the year. And with good insulation, those savings could be substantial enough to offset the cost of retrofitting. In fact, one of the best ways to reduce energy consumption in a home is to insulate the roof, walls and basement. For the professionals, these efforts are referred to as “building envelope retrofits”. Continue reading