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What Kind of Insulation Should I Use in My Basement?

What kind of insulation should I Use

It’s a question everyone asks us – what kind of insulation should I use in my basement? Credit should be given for asking, because the answer isn’t exactly crystal clear. The position of basement walls (underground) mean the necessity of insulation is thrown into disrepute.

Let’s paint a typical British winter’s night, shall we? Sub-freezing temperatures! The dip in temperature would travel through an uninsulated home – but with insulation your abode remains toasty!

Its basic science – heat travels from warmer climates to cooler climates, meaning the heat in your home will travel to the colder parts of your home – i.e. the attic or basement. So what kind of insulation should I use in my basement? One that combats science! Taking your basement as an example, it will slowly yet consistently transfer heat to the soil outside via the concrete wall surroundings.

This is known as thermal bridging, and can be quite overzealous as it attempts to reach the colder temperatures outside. Looking towards the Summer months, any ground below 4 feet keeps itself at a temperature of around 10 degrees. This keeps the soil outside your basement surroundings cooler than the inside.

Still though, we hear you asking yourself, what kind of insulation should I use in my basement? Let’s take a look and see..

Start with Your Basement Walls

Taking everything mentioned above into consideration, it is a great idea to start with your walls. You could be losing copious amounts of heat and energy through the year, every year. This leads you to rely on your thermostat for temperature consistency.

This tends to have a big impact on how much money you have left after paying your monthly bills – and not in a good way!

By insulating your basement walls, you’re providing yourself with a sensible payback and investment return timeframe, especially if you live in a larger property.

Remember, an insulated basement is a happy basement! This method keeps heat within and blocks out moisture and cold air from the outside consistently and effectively.

What kind of insulation should I Use

Your basement can be insulated either internally or externally. Obviously, insulating externally is often impossible if the construction of the property has been and gone

How Much Heat is My Basement Losing?

Realistically – too much! Standard concrete and other wall materials tend to have poor insulating performance. Heat can travel through them quicker than you can say Brrr!

Think of it this way – if your basement was above ground, would you think twice about insulating it? Exactly! You would, wouldn’t you? Because then it would become a primary room – and a cold one at that!

What Kind of Insulation Should I Use in My Basement?

The question still remains – what kind of insulation should I use in my basement? External wall insulation is the best type of insulation to use in your basement.

Your basement can be insulated either internally or externally. Obviously, insulating externally is often impossible if the construction of the property has been and gone.

This method is usually carried out at the construction stage, by applying a coating to the external area of the basement. This blocks out moisture and prevents thermal bridging through the walls.

However, interior insulation is the most economically viable option when it comes to basement insulation. In most cases, if your property has already been built, this would be your only option.

Either way, we would always recommend choosing, a reliable, trusted and proven supplier of insulation services to guarantee optimum results – every time. Get a free, no-obligation quote today to see if this something that might benefit you, not only financially, but physically too!

The coating creates a protective barrier, hidden to the naked eye, across the surface area of your property that can penetrate into your foundations and brickwork up to 17mm

Is it Really Worth Considering?

Did you know that up to 25% of your property’s internal heat has the potential to escape via your walls? Scary stuff indeed! This is the natural process in which the nice, toasty air within your home travels upwards, attracting the cold air outside through the foundations and tiles.

This process is accurate for buildings constructed from solid walls. We can say that cavity walls are slightly more efficient at keeping heat in, but only because of the gap placed between the dual-layers of brickwork.

However, cavity walls are cursed with a U-value of around 1.5 W/m²K, which may seem low, but not at all when you compare it against the values of an insulated wall.

In times where the energy tariffs in the UK are changing and your heating bill can climb higher than a roller-coaster, to lose this amount of energy would be financially detrimental.

Properties with more age to their appearance will come off worse than newly-built properties, heightening the importance of having regular building inspections to keep an eye on your home’s efficiency.

What kind of insulation should I Use

Just one application of Home Logic Wall Insulation will keep water from attacking your masonry, and protect said masonry from moisture gain, therefore improving thermal efficiency!

The Wall Insulation Process

Still not sure on the answer to what kind of insulation should I use in my basement? Let’s talk you through the process then to see if that puts any doubts to rest!

The materials used are either sprayed or painted on to the external walls of your home. At first glance, it may look ghastly due to its obvious appearance and colour.

However, within minutes, it will begin to soak within your masonry, much like how moisturiser soaks into your skin, before turning completely invisible. It’s like a shield!

This then creates a protective barrier, hidden to the naked eye, across the surface area of your property that can penetrate into your foundations and brickwork up to 17mm.

You may be thinking what this achieves. Let us answer that one for you! Home Logic Wall Insulation fights water-absorption by over 95% – that’s right, 95%!

It’s almost as if your home is sheltered by a massive tent, combating micro-organisms, dirt and water. Remember, walls that can be kept dry are far more efficient as thermal insulators than wet walls.

As mentioned earlier, heat travels much quicker across cold surfaces due to the heat’s natural attraction to colder areas.

Just one application of Home Logic Wall Insulation will keep water from attacking your masonry, and protect said masonry from moisture gain, therefore improving thermal efficiency!

Don’t worry though – your home will still have room to breathe! Our choice of wall insulation is top-of-the-range, remaining permeable by vapour and air and not permeable by water and other elements.

The Benefits of External Wall Insulation

  • Improves your acoustics with the effective sound barrier
  • Reduced moisture means reduced condensation
  • Makes for a more comfortable home
  • 20-year brickwork protection guarantee
  • Give your property’s exterior the pampering it deserves!
  • Effective all-year round
  • Minimal disruption to your home’s thermal performance

What kind of insulation should I Use

Regardless of what your enquiry or questions may be, we’re here to help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! Alternatively, you can get in contact by email, just drop a message to survey@homelogic.co.uk

Home Logic’s Wall Insulation Recommendations

It takes a great amount of skill and technical ability to insulate walls externally, and the ability to tackle this job comes with know-how and vital experience.

Performing this task is similar to most tasks and can be applied to life in general – those who are used to this task will often be more efficient at completing it to the highest of standards.

So, the one piece of advice we strongly recommend you take is to hire a professional team to externally insulate your walls, rather than tackle the task yourself.

This isn’t like DIY, where it’s a case of having an instruction manual and a set of screwdrivers. This process takes intricate skills and delicate hands, so if you have no experience when it comes to external wall insulation, we highly advise you do not attempt the task yourself.

We only say this because we want nothing but optimum results, and they’re only achievable when you choose a tried and trusted team of insulation specialists.

The Recommended Exterior Wall Insulation Process

We follow a standard ten-step checklist here at Home Logic, which includes the following plan of attack:

  • Inspection – Carried out by an expert.
  • Pressure Wash – Intensively removing dirt and debris from the application area.
  • Algae Treatment – Protecting your property from any algae development.
  • Repairing Cracks – Part of the property pampering process, using a quality filler.
  • Rendering – Repairing damaged areas so the application area is ready to go!
  • Bagging – Generating idiosyncratic stabilisation and cohesive qualities.
  • Masking – Covering off any area not intended for insulation to avoid wastage.
  • Primer – Moulding a robust connection with the surface area.
  • Coating – Arguably the most important step. Time to insulate your walls!
  • Cleaning – Time to tidy up and admire the instant results! Hooray!

What kind of insulation should I Use

Home Logic Wall Insulation is, by a country mile, the most consistently effective product we have ever had the privilege to work with, so we can guarantee the results you want and expect from us

But is it Actually Any Good?

External wall insulation can be applied as high as your roof, right down to the foundations, meaning every inch of your building’s structure can achieve the same level of energy efficiency.

We’ve been doing this for some time now, and we’ve witnessed insulating products come and go through the market in this time.

Home Logic Wall Insulation is, by a country mile, the most consistently effective product we have ever had the privilege to work with, so we can guarantee the results you want and expect from us.

Contact Home Logic – We are Here to Help!

If you’re still undecided or unsure about whether you need to (or how to) insulate your basement walls, please do give us a call on 0800 1700 636.

We understand that every predicament and case is unique and individual, therefore different properties may benefit from alternative types of insulation with a varying method of application.

In any case, we would be more than happy to help you, by talking through your own personal situation to source the solution that best suits your needs.

Regardless of what your enquiry or questions may be, we’re here to help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! Alternatively, you can get in contact by email, just drop a message to survey@homelogic.co.uk. What kind of insulation should i use in my basement? Only the very best from Home Logic!

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