Proper insulation provides comfort and energy efficiency in your basement renovation.

It is very common to find insulation in the floor joists above your head in an unfinished basement or crawl space. Unfortunately, for homes in our area, this is not where you need insulation. I will go as far to say “it is a complete waste of money.”

Basement Insulation

 

As a general rule the entire envelope of your home should be insulated. If your basement, attic, or crawl space has duct work in it, then it is part of your home’s thermal envelope. Insulating the walls of the basement or crawl will increase the overall efficiency and comfort of your entire home.

encapsulated crawl

Insulation, specifically fiberglass insulation, is often used in the floor joists in a basement or crawl space. If it is not in contact with the floor surface above, then it does not perform as intended. If you push the fiberglass in place then you smash the R-value out of the insulation so it does not work. If you want to insulate between floor joists, I recommend using spray foam insulation, but again, just insulate the walls.

DSC07760

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Related Posts

New Construction or Custom Construction for your new home?

New Construction or Custom Construction for your new home?

Do you want “New Construction” or do you want “Custom Construction”? That is a huge question when deciding if you ...
Project Update: Affordable Day Care in Harrisonburg

Project Update: Affordable Day Care in Harrisonburg

This project update highlights our affordable day care in Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg Construction continues to ...
Project Update: Oriental Express and Catering Company Restaurant

Project Update: Oriental Express and Catering Company Restaurant

When the owners of a local Oriental Restaurant decided they wanted to create a new concept, we got busy with the ...
Project Update: Massanutten Resort Custom Home

Project Update: Massanutten Resort Custom Home

Beck Builders has started moving dirt at Massanutten Resort for a new custom home. This contemporary architectural ...