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How To Cover Rigid Insulation On Foundation WallsBy admin
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Individuals with knowledge about building codes and ways to save energy are constantly recommending that the foundation walls of homes be insulated. This way, homeowners will be able to protect the foundation of their home and whilst simultaneously saving energy.
Insulating the exterior foundation of your beautiful home is going to protect it from air infiltration, moisture intrusion and energy loss. One of the best ways of accomplishing this task is through the addition of rigid foam insulation.
Foam insulation is going to act as a thermal barrier between the concrete slab floor, and the cold ground beneath it. It will also provide additional support to the structure, as the following article reveals…
Basement Insulation: Key Benefits:
One of the most effective ways of reducing foundation energy loss is the installation of a layer of foam insulation. This also helps to protect against moisture penetration, and associated problems with damp.
Take a look below at where you can apply foam insulation for the best results:
• Enhanced drainage
• Decreased potential for condensation on the outside walls
• The waterproof membrane of your home stays protected
• Your home enjoys moisture resistance and improved thermal performance for a really long time
• Gains compressive strength to resist hydrostatic pressure
Total Crawl Space Protection
The crawl space is not just a huge source of energy loss, but if it is left uninsulated or under insulated, it can give rise to cold floors, and uncomfortable draughts infiltrating the space within.
By using spray or rigid foam you will be able to increase the comfort of your home and reduce energy loss, without putting a discernible dent in your budget.
Additionally, you will be enjoying the following range of effects:
• Decreased potential for dampness
• A layer of continuous insulation, contributing towards improved energy efficiency
• Cutting and installation is quick and hassle-free
If you want to come back to a really comfortable and warm home, you need to think about insulating your building or upgrading the existing insulation. In case you are building a new property, you must think about insulating the base of your home by insulating the area below the concrete slab!
Under-Concrete Slab Protection
Add a continuous layer of insulation in the under-concrete slab in order to gain a thermal barrier. This is will not just improve your building’s overall efficiency, but also prevents moisture and condensation buildup that can potentially lead to causing structural damage.
By using rigid or spray foam insulation in the under-concrete slab, you will be enjoying the following benefits:
• The reduced chances of moisture and condensation damage
• Minimal to zero loss of energy between the concrete slab and the ground
• The compressive resistance is going to increase so that your building can withstand loads without any resulting damage
Over-Concrete Slab Protection
Are you thinking of revamping the insulation of your home? This means that you already have an existing foundation, and, therefore, insulating below the concrete slab is not an option.
Under such circumstances, adding insulation above the concrete slab is the only feasible option. You can choose either rigid foam insulation or spray foam insulation to help improve your EPC rating; a must if you’re thinking of selling your home at a later date.
The advantages of insulating above the concrete slab are:
• Increased comfort of floor surface
• Compatible with radiant-heating floor designs
• Quick and easy installation
• Reduced energy loss between the floor and the concrete slab
If you want to come back to a really comfortable and warm home, you need to think about insulating your building or upgrading the existing insulation. In case you are building a new property, you must think about insulating the base of your home by insulating the area below the concrete slab.
If you have an existing property, you can insulate above the concrete floor. or even the basement itself.
Needless to say, DIY attempts are not always the best when it comes to protecting the foundation of your home; there’s far too much at stake to seriously consider this option.
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