Basements are often poorly insulated due to budget constraints while building or renovating homes. Often Edmonton homeowners are unaware of how beneficial a properly insulated basement will be to their heating bills. The best way to ensure that your basement stays at a comfortable temperature all year round is by installing a basement insulation system that will prevent heat loss in the winter and prevents heat gain in the summer.
Basements are typically built with concrete walls and floors. It may not appear to be a location for significant thermal heat loss, but basement insulation is a necessary addition to any home in Canada, where temperatures can get very cold in the winter. The extreme seasonal difference in temperatures is not good for the integrity of your home or the items stored in your basement.
Regulating Temperatures with Basement Insulation
Basement insulation helps keep your home at a steady temperature all year long, which means you won't have to worry about paying extra for heating or cooling systems. Proper insulation will also help reduce condensation and moisture build-up within your basement walls and flooring which can contribute to structural damages, mold, and mildew. Water damages often lead to expensive repairs if not addressed quickly, and moisture can cause mold growth that can be harmful to your health.
Basement Insulation Options in Edmonton
Depending on your budget and your insulation needs, there are a variety of insulation products available to choose from. Our team at Proinsulate can help you evaluate your options and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by the decision. We will inspect your property and explain the pros and cons of different insulating products. There are two common choices in Canadian homes for basement insulation: fiberglass batting and spray foam insulation.
Fiberglass batting is a common choice for DIY basement insulators as it is relatively simple to install and the product is readily available in hardware stores. Fiberglass insulation is also relatively affordable and comes in a variety of styles and sizes to suit your needs. The main limitation of fiberglass is it often cannot be adequately installed to provide a perfect airtight seal and gaps and airleaks are common.
Spray foam insulation is a type of polyurethane insulation that is sprayed into place. Spray polyurethane insulation is one of the most effective forms of insulation available today. It can provide an airtight, moisture-resistant seal in residential and commercial buildings, including attics, walls, basements, and crawl spaces.
Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation for Basement Insulation
Spray foam insulation is a great option for basement insulation because it can provide complete coverage without gaps, can be applied in just a few hours, and has many additional benefits that other types of insulation cannot provide. Fiberglass batting is a common insulation choice in basements, but it can often leave joint spaces uninsulated and will sag and compress over time reducing its insulation rating. Spray foam, when installed correctly, will not leave any joints, cracks, or spaces uninsulated. It will last much longer, and it comes in many different varies, such as open-cell and closed-cell, with different features based on your particular needs. Spray foam insulation can also be considered an air barrier material that can prevent moisture from entering your home. It also does not allow the transfer of air from one room to another, which decreases the energy needed to maintain a comfortable temperature and reduces costs associated with heating and cooling your home.
One of the biggest drawbacks to spray foam insulation is that it costs more than other insulation options. While it is a more expensive investment, the cost is well worth it in the longevity and efficiencies it offers. After being sprayed, the foam expands and fills every crack and space, then hardens to keep its shape. A common reason your energy bills creep up is because of air leaks.
The liquid foam can be sprayed into even the smallest cracks and holes to make a seal that will last for a long time. The foam insulation is easier to shape or mold into tight corners. Unlike other types of insulation, it can keep its shape and is better at insulating oddly shaped or nonconforming areas.
Proinsulate specializes in spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is critical for creating an airtight layer of protection, protecting your property from moisture, mold, and mildew. If you have been thinking about updating the insulation in your basement, it may be time to consider spray foam insulation.
Take Advantage of Proinsulate’s Expertise Today
Proinsulate in Alberta guarantees high-quality insulation services tailored to your project's specifications. It’s important to hire an experienced insulation installer to ensure that your insulation will perform properly. Improper installation is a major problem that can lead to thermal efficiency losses, moisture leaks, insulation degradation, and in some cases require complete removal and reinstallation of a new product.
Proinsulate is Local and Family Owned
Benefit from the expertise of local talented insulation installers who understand the bitter winters and hot summers that Edmontonians are familiar with. Our team will treat your home and your basement as if it’s our own. Proinsulate has the experience to provide sound recommendations based on your specific needs and provide top-quality insulation installations. Contact us today to get a quote on your basement insulation project and you can rest assured it will be taken care of efficiently and properly.
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Proinsulate Service Areas
Our team works in Edmonton and surrounding areas including Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, and Leduc. If you have any questions about an insulation project in your area, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.