Crawl Spaces & Basements
Crawl spaces can create headaches for homeowners. A crawl space is susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Because the soil has high humidity, a crawl space naturally becomes damp, as the crawl space is in direct contact with the soil. Damp environments are unhealthy, harboring mold and creating an ideal living space for pests.
This damp space is not isolated to the area below your home. Since the natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky), the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home as your home naturally breathes.
A typical crawl space is insulated using spray foam insulation along the perimeter and a vapor retarder on the floor. The spray foam is then used to seal the seams of the vapor retarder to give the crawl space a sealed envelope of protection.
Insulation is just as important in your basement as it is in any other part of your home. You may feel tempted to skimp on the basement insulation and prefer to put money into other areas of the home. Without adequate insulation, the cold in the walls will impact the temperature of the basement, affecting not only the comfort of the basement but your heating bills as well. In the long run, you will see the impact of this decision in your monthly bills. Basement wall insulation can be used for finished or unfinished basement areas. Fiberglass batt insulation is used for furred basement walls in finished areas. Basement blanket insulation is pinned to unfinished basement walls and has a white facing. Spray Foam insulation can also be used for finished basement walls.