Is your basement a less inviting space than you want it to be and you think insulation can help?
Well, long story short, basement insulation can make a huge difference, but you have to choose the right insulation.
The most commonly used insulation materials in the basement include spray foam, fiberglass, and foam board.
In older homes, the basement many times is left uninsulated. This allows air from the outside to get into the rim joist, basement ceiling, and exposed walls. This lack of insulation will not only make your basement rec room or spare bedroom you’re working on uncomfortable, it will also lead to drafts along the floor boards and cold floors.
RetroFoam of Michigan has more than 15 years of experience insulating thousands of homes from top to bottom. If you’re looking to make your basement a more comfortable space, we’ve got your back with information on what the insulation options are and what will be the best fit.
In our continued efforts to educate homeowners so they can make the best-informed decisions for their homes, we have compiled the pros and cons to help them choose the best insulation for their basement.
Basement Foam Board Insulation: Pros and Cons
Foam board insulation are rigid panels of insulation that can be used to insulate any part of your home from the top to the bottom.
The material can be made from polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, or polyurethane.
Some rigid foam products are water resistant that can help limit moisture buildup and mildew-growth.
If foam board is installed properly, the rigid material can create an air barrier.
Unlike traditional insulation, like fiberglass and cellulose, some foam board materials don’t need to be maintained or replaced over time.
Joints between sheets and boards if not taped properly will not prevent air flow.
The air bubbles inside expanded polystyrene boards stop heat transfer, but can accumulate moisture which will make it ineffective.
The foam boards must be cut exactly to fit the area where it will be installed. If the boards are not cut properly, then air leakage could occur.
Amanda previously has worked as a breaking news and crime reporter, TV news producer, and editor in Flint and Detroit. Throughout her career as a journalist, she has won several awards from the Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists and the Michigan Press Association.
As part of the RetroFoam of Michigan family, Amanda uses her experience as a journalist to write content that will help educate homeowners on the benefits of foam insulation.
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