Category Archives: Insulation

What is the Best Insulation for Basements?

While it’s true that there are a number of good options for insulating the basement, it’s also likely that contractors will have varying opinions. There is no shortage of insulation product on the market, and with so many product claims, choosing the best insulation for the basement can be somewhat challenging. But to be sure, working with an experienced insulation contractor will make a big difference. With a good contractor, it’s far easier to choose the right product for the job, and the right installation approach for the space. And for those who might opt for the DIY (do-it-yourself) approach, there may well be money savings, but the best project outcomes are with the professionals. Continue reading

Don’t Finish the Basement Without Properly Insulating

Traditional basements are a primary foundation in most parts of Canada and in many parts of the northern United States. Needless to say, regional climates in those parts present very cold winters and serious bouts of frost. The truth is, whether its winter or summer, basements are at the forefront of problems. Water entry is often problematic. Hot temperatures, cold temperatures, and high humidity are also problematic. And in worst case scenarios, mold can be the source of poor air quality and unhealthy living conditions. Continue reading

If You Don’t Have Ice, It Doesn’t Mean You Have Good Insulation

Many homes in Canada suffer from “ice dams” during snowy, icy winters. And not all contractors understand “ice dams” well enough to explain to the homeowner. The basics are the important part. Heat escapes from inside the home, warms parts of the roof, and the snow melts in those warm parts. At this point its water that trickles down the various parts of the roof, and when it hits cold parts, it freezes. The freezing ice accumulates and eventually forms an “ice dam”. Continue reading

Insulating Existing Walls

In most cases, the building code requires a defined minimum of insulation in a home’s exterior walls and ceilings. Interior walls are not as important, although insulating these walls may contribute to energy savings and certainly soundproofing. Needless to say, insulating any wall is best expedited during initial construction, but it’s also possible to install insulation into existing walls (exterior and interior). And the benefits of doing so will make the investment worthwhile. Continue reading