R-values are used to measure the thermal resistance of your construction material. High R-value equates to greater resistance and effective insulation. Basements usually account for a total heat loss of 20 percent in homes. If you are looking for a foundation company in Edmonton, get in touch with K. Kuypers Construction Ltd. We have been providing homeowners and businesses with foundation repairs since 1954.
Poor foundation insulation can lead to problems such as moisture and insect infestation. Few tips to add high R-value to your foundation are:
1. Evaluate Your Existing Insulation
Adding insulation to a new home is not difficult as you can take precautions from the start. Consider techniques such as concrete form and blocks for insulating your new home. To insulate an existing home, you need to audit it for energy efficiency. Inspect your house for:
• Thickness of insulation
• Type of insulation
• R-value of the insulation material
Check your exterior walls to see if there is any insulation on the walls. Also, check the parts around outlet box for insulation and its thickness.
2. Insulate Basement From Inside
Check for structural problems (cracks) and wiring before interior insulation. Foundation companies use insulation materials ranging from blanket, polyurethane spray or plastic board to prevent heat loss. Interior insulation is often less expensive compared to exterior. With interior insulation, the threat of infestation is minimal.
3. Insulate Basement From Outside
Exterior basement insulation protects your foundation from moisture problems. Ensure you are well aware of the location of all utilities (drainage, electricity) before you insulate the basement exterior. You can use insulation materials such as fibreglass mat, wool or polyurethane boards and high-density polystyrene. Take special care while insulating your windows; Check them occasionally to make sure the area around them is sealed properly.
4. Insulate Crawl Space
Crawl spaces are generally insulated if they are not vented. They are insulated externally to reduce moisture problems. While insulating a crawl space, insulate the wall rather than the ceilings as you have to take the plumbing and heating systems into consideration. The materials used for insulation are fibreglass roll or rigid foam board.
5. Insulate Open Foundations
Open foundations are usually insulated between joists (horizontal member that is supported by a beam) using a vapour barrier.
Ensure your foundation walls are protected from groundwater or improper drainage. Check with your foundation company to install weeping tile (porous plastic drain pipe) to insulate the exterior wall. Weeping tile prevents water from collecting around your foundation and leaking into your basement.