Suppose your crawl space has been receiving little maintenance, and you are looking for a practical yet cost-effective solution to keep it warm, insulate it, and prevent condensation buildup. In that case, a good option is polystyrene crawl space insulation. This insulation is also called “fiberglass board insulation” by many contractors. It is a more affordable alternative to fiberglass batts and is often found as a ready-to-install, prefabricated solution. It can be purchased in single sheets or multiple pieces, depending on the project. You can either buy it as a ready-made strip or pre-cut in parts, depending on the size of your crawl space.
If you are installing polystyrene insulation in your crawl space, you’ll need some additional steps. Start by measuring the perimeter of the room and taking a tape measure. Cut along the line and pull the tape measure to the edge of the cut. This will provide a straight line to work from. Your next step is to mark the wall surface where you plan to install the insulation. Draw a line on the surface for moisture vapor to escape.
Crawl space insulation is designed to improve your home’s energy efficiency by reducing heat loss and humidity and preventing condensation. Although it is designed to protect your home from external sources of moisture, it will also help improve the air quality in your home by keeping the moisture out. A well insulated crawl space allows more air to flow through your home and improves the overall air quality inside of your home.
crawl space insulation also provides additional protection from mold and mildew. Because it acts as an effective barrier against moisture it can help keep mold and mildew at bay. It also helps keep your heating and cooling costs down by reducing energy use. It also decreases water evaporation, which will result in less moisture in your home and more water vapor in your indoor air. All these factors combined can save you money on your heating and cooling costs and improve your indoor air quality.
There are many different kinds of materials used in crawl space insulation. Two of the most common are flat tar paper and felt paper. Both sealants are fairly similar, however the felt also has natural oils that prevent moisture from penetrating. Tar on the other hand is petroleum based and penetrates quickly. Tar paper comes in rolls while feeling is rolled.
In addition to the sealing and/or filtering of moisture, you will also need to take measures to maintain and correct existing air quality. Properly ventilated spaces would be the first step. The second step would be to fix any problems with moisture or bad air quality. You should remove any objects that could cause condensation to buildup. If condensation cannot be cleaned up, it can be fixed by either installing a water-tight roof, using a dehumidifier or by using a vapor barrier.
As you can see, proper crawl space insulation not only improves energy efficiency but it also improves health. That’s why it’s important to contact us today if you have questions about any aspect of this. We can offer you free estimates for your project. We can assist in fixing any leaks that you find. And we can make suggestions for making your home more energy efficient.
It’s not hard to protect your home against heat loss or to make it more energy efficient. With proper crawl space insulation you can rest assured that you’re doing everything in your power to decrease your energy bills. In addition, you’ll be protecting the health of everyone living in your home.