Battening the Hatches in the Basement
April 5, 2014
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Current homebuilding trends require that a basement be part of the floor plans for all practical purposes, such as storage and being the main center for your home systems. However, the place does account for much heat loss, especially if it has passageways leading into the home or outside. While basements are cool and damp by nature, you can’t really count on it if you want the place to be safe for temperature-sensitive objects, hence the need to tap a professional to do the insulation for you.
Your preferred contractor will usually recommend setting up the insulation from within the basement if the house has long been finished. They will figure out the proper insulation values for the basement, depending on the furnace’s power source. For places like Texas, interior insulation is at R11, while the exterior insulation value is at R10 for electric furnaces and R4 for heat pump, fuel oil, and gas-powered furnaces.
Attaching the insulation to the basement wall is tedious. Your contractor’s crew will first set up polystyrene sheets to shield the main insulation frame against moisture. The materials for filling the insulation frame include batts, spray-on, or loose-fill insulation, which requires installing drywall as backing.