Basement Insulation in Hamilton
In days gone by, most people barely used their basement. It was for the washing machine, the dryer, the hot water tank, and the furnace. Beyond that, there was plenty of space for storage. The basement was not for living – it was damp and musty, cold and uncomfortable. In most basements, walls were cement block, with no insulation and no drywall. Today, everything is different - basements are comfortable and livable and are being used in various ways. In Hamilton, basement insulation is the first step in finishing the basement and transforming it into a functional, livable space.
Making the basement into a more livable space can vary with each homeowner. For one, it could become a television room; for another, an extra bedroom; and for yet another, it could become a complete office space. For some, the ideal basement contains a totally self-sufficient apartment. Whatever the case, the common aspect for each is comfort – and that comfort comes from a space that is insulated properly. A well-insulated basement space maintains warmth in winter and coolness in summer. And for homes in Hamilton, basement insulation also reduces energy consumption.
For so many homeowners, the benefits of basement insulation are still hard to understand. It’s equally hard to understand that basements should be as well insulated (or better) than the upstairs. Throughout the insulation industry, experts agree that properly insulating the basement is essential to every home’s indoor environment. This is absolutely true – a well-insulated basement will bring more benefits and savings to the indoor environment than most home improvement projects. This is especially true when compared to more conventional projects like kitchen renovations.
As for project cost, insulating the basement is well worth the upfront investment. Professionally installing a quality product will bring measurable benefits to the indoor environment. The movement of air (indoor and outdoor) is dramatically curtailed; R-Value (the measure of thermal resistance) is enhanced; and unwanted moisture is prevented from accumulating. More importantly, the HVAC unit (heat and cool) will operate with better efficiency. The bottom line when basements are well insulated (particularly with spray foam) is the significant cost savings on seasonal utility bills.
When insulating the basement, is the cost considered worthwhile?
When comparing home improvement projects, insulating the basement is one of the better ones. Installing a high quality product will practically guarantee a reduction in utility bills for heating and cooling. And on an annual basis, the total savings make the initial project investment well worthwhile.
What levels of R-Value do professionals suggest for the basement?
Industry experts agree that the higher the R-Value, the better the outcome. In a basement, the same rule applies and the benefits are also relative to R-Value. However, whatever the R-Value eventually installed, specific results will still vary with the size and layout of the particular basement.
When the basement has been insulated, are utility bills reduced?
With a product like spray foam insulation, reduced utility bills are noticeable throughout the year. During extreme temperatures (summer and winter) energy conservation is even more noticeable. But again, those savings are dependent on the installed R-Value and the total size of the basement.
What are the building code requirements for basement insulation?
Building code requirements are different for every region and every project. For instance, new construction will have different specifications than a retrofit or renovation. But regardless of project, a reputable installer will always follow the required building code and any related specifications.
Does the basement require any prep-work before insulation work?
A good contractor will check the basement for water entry issues before proceeding with any work. Water entry is something that must be resolved before insulation work is started. Small problem or large, water entry has to be fixed properly, and can sometimes turn into a major job.
What is the solution for the “hard-to-reach” areas in the basement?
Where a basement has hard-to-reach spots (and most do) insulating can be difficult. With a spray foam installation, nothing is hard-to-reach. In fact, no other product can effectively seal and insulate hard-to-reach spots like the spray foam product, and it’s done in one single application.
When it comes to basement insulation in Hamilton, working with a good installer is highly recommended. At Great Northern Insulation, installers advise on the most suitable product and application for the job. Today, the most recommended application for the basement is spray foam. It’s an application that has become a favorite for many professionals, and one good application does it all - the highest possible R-Value, the best possible vapor barrier, and a very effective air barrier.
The very best way to insulate a basement is to start with the floor. With this approach, the spray foam is spread out uniformly throughout the floor and then covered with concrete. In this way, the floor is sealed and insulated. As for the walls, it’s critical to ensure that everything is airtight. For this, there is nothing better than spray foam - it ensures an airtight space - it impedes the movement of air - and it stops air leakage. As well, moisture is prevented from collecting.
One of the reasons for insulating the basement is to conserve energy. And for most homeowners, conserving energy quickly turns into lower utility bills. For the best results, industry professionals recommend spray foam, primarily because one application does it all. A good install will ensure a space that is airtight, with an effective air barrier and an equally effective vapor barrier. As for insulation value, spray foam delivers the highest R-Value of any comparable insulation product.
As it is, spray foam insulation is not suited for every budget. That’s why Great Northern Insulation offers the homeowner an alternative - a “hybrid” install that combines the spray foam product with fiberglass “batts”. First, the spray foam is applied, and immediately after the fiberglass “batts” are installed. The “hybrid” application is cost-effective and well suited for most budgets. Importantly, both short term and long-term outcomes are excellent and with proven results.