Properly Removing Old (or Damaged) Insulation

With the upsurge of home renovations and retrofits these days, it’s common for the homeowner to remove and replace existing insulation. It’s actually quite an important home improvement, and with a much better payoff than something like a washroom renovation. For those moving into a “new” home, it’s difficult to know what to expect with the existing insulation. In fact, removal of the insulation may well be necessary, and often recommended by a professional contractor. Continue reading

Choosing the Right Type of Insulation For Your Home

Choosing the right type of insulation for your home begins with understanding the fundamentals of insulation. There are so many products on the market today, and so many marketing claims, that decision-making is made more confusing than need be. To be sure, having a good insulation contractor is a very good start – a good company will work with you to choose the right product and the right installation method to best suit your needs and your physical space. Continue reading

Everyone Seems To Be Talking About Sustainability

Generally speaking, sustainability is the continuing and ongoing endurance of a system or process. Various definitions and descriptions refer to sustainability or sustainable development, but overall, four main sectors are associated and interconnected – these include ecology, economics, politics, and culture. Today, sustainable development is focused on the idea that while we satisfy our present-day needs, we need to ensure that future generations will be able to satisfy their needs. Continue reading

Making the Basement Livable, Comfortable and Energy Efficient

In any home, of any size, the basement space is far too valuable to go to waste. It can easily be used as an additional living room, an extra bedroom, a home office, even a fully self-contained “in-law suite”. The important thing is to make it functional and usable. But at the same time, it must be comfortable. And the key to comfort is good insulation – a properly insulated basement is cozy and comfy in the heat of summer and in the cold extremes of winter. Continue reading