From Dean Dowd on October 29, 2009 in General Remodel
Basements require some serious energy efficiency. Unfortunately, too many homeowners allow their basements to turn into vast, cold, energy-hogging caves. Not a good idea. Here are six smart options for basement insulation. These ideas will save energy, help the planet and slim your heating bills all at once.
Cotton Fiber Insulation
UltraTouch by Bonded Logic is a recycled insulation product. Its a very safe option, since it contains fungal inhibitors, flame retardation properties and no formaldehyde components. Most professionals agree that it is far better, not to mention greener, than traditional fiberglass insulation.
Rigid foam is an excellent option because of its high insulating ability and sturdy constructability. It consists of large foam mats placed and secured against the concrete walls. The easiest way to apply it is during the construction process.
Although its not the number one choice for aesthetics or the environment, it sure is easy. Just point and shoot. Spray-on foam compound is formed from a polyurethane liquid that expands, dries and hardens into an insulating sealant. Think Great Stuff.
Fiberglass is the most common form of insulation. It isnt always used in basements, since affixing the batts to the concrete walls of basements can be a hassle. Still, its an effective and economic way to insulate the basement.
Wet Cellulose Wall Insulation
Providing even better insulation than fiberglass insulation, this spray-in insulation is great for its eco-friendly quality. It involves spraying a cellulose solution that fills cracks, resists mold and is even fire-retardant.
Insulating Concrete Foam
Another green option, concrete foam insulation, is one of the most effective forms of basement insulation. This spray-in foam is installed during the construction of the basement and is very effective at filling walls, cavities and any crevices in the basement space.