Insulate Your Basement & Save Money
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it is energy and cost-efficient to insulate your basement. Properly insulating your basement walls can save you money on heating and make for a more livable basement space. It can also help prevent moisture issues and high humidity levels that can lead to hazardous mold growth and indoor air quality issues in your house.
At WMGB, our ECOCELL and spray foam basement insulation services can help you protect your basement and, by extension, the rest of your home as well.
Insulating your basement has the potential to save you a significant amount of money. Still, the project also has a wide range of other important upgrades to how your home operates. Chiefly, insulating your basement walls is the best way to protect the interior of your home from the often chilly, wet West Michigan weather. While basement ceiling insulation will keep the floors of the home above warmer, it will do little to protect your water pipes and other crucial elements of your home’s operation that can be found in the basement.
When you choose to install basement insulation throughout your entire space, you’re choosing efficiency, safety, and a forward-thinking home solution. By keeping your basement insulated, you’re ensuring you’re getting stable, warm temperatures downstairs as well as upstairs. This leads to more stable temperatures overall, particularly through the winter. This, in turn, means fewer indoor drafts, less strain on your HVAC system, and even lower energy bills throughout the year.
Better yet, insulating your basement walls offers your home a better chance at avoiding water damage caused by ice buildup along foundation walls and pipes. Over time, repeated ice buildup and thaw create significant damage to your home’s lower walls and foundation, which leads to many other serious issues that will require costly repairs. Likewise, when your pipes freeze and thaw over and over, it’s only a matter of time until you experience flooding and severe water damage due to a burst pipe. Keeping your basement warm and at a stable temperature helps to hold these issues at bay so you can keep your home and your wallet safe in the coming years.
Of course, in order to truly enjoy the benefits that this crucial upgrade has to offer your home, you’ll need to ensure that the installation is done correctly, which is why you should always trust this job to a team of trained professionals. Whether it’s remedying moisture issues before they can occur or simply ensuring that the entire job upholds the building codes and regulations of Michigan, WMGB pros are here to ensure the job gets done right the first time when you choose to invest in basement wall insulation for your home.
Interior Basement Insulation
Interior basement wall insulation is used on existing homes as it is less expensive and invasive to your existing walls. In addition to cost savings during installation, the benefits of interior basement wall insulation include:
- Use of a variety of insulation materials
- Significantly reduced chance of insect infestation
- Can be painted over for a finished look
- Can be installed before stud walls for consistent thermal protection
Pros and Cons of Inside Insulation
When insulating your basement, you have two options. One of these is insulating the interior of your basement. This project can be completed with a wide range of different products and methods, depending on your budget and preferences. Because of its relative ease of completion and the sheer number of available options for homeowners in West Michigan, this process is the most common of the two options. It comes with a wide range of benefits, including:
- A faster and cheaper installation process
- Wider variety of suitable insulation materials
- Reduce the likelihood of insect infestation
- Keeps interior basement space warmer
- Does not cause issues with home foundation stability
Insulating interior walls is an excellent option for those who wish to make regular use of their basement or those working on a smaller budget for the upgrade. However, this route is not without its drawbacks, which include issues such as:
- Providing no protection for your home’s foundation
- Cutting into your basements usable space
- Causing potential issues with moisture
- Potential mold and mildew growth over time
While interior insulation is perhaps the weaker option of the two available paths, it is typically more widely available to homeowners, especially those moving into an existing building. Their ease of installation makes them ideal for existing constructions and new constructions alike. It’s imperative to consider both the pros and cons closely before deciding whether or not interior insulation is right for you. The professionals are here at WMGB to help you explore the many options and what they have to offer you home.
Pros and Cons of Outside Insulation
Your other option is to invest in exterior basement insulation. This is undoubtedly the most comprehensive solution and offers a different range of benefits than interior insulation could ever hope to achieve. Some of the pros of choosing this process include:
- Reduction of condensation on interior walls
- Discouraging mold and mildew growth
- Protecting your foundation from extreme temperature damage
- Protecting your basement without reducing the amount of usable floor space
By keeping out both the moisture and chill, exterior insulation keeps the worst effects of harsh Michigan weather at bay without a hassle. While exterior insulation certainly has a considerable list of functional benefits to consider, the cons are equally as significant and may exclude many homes from being able to invest in this type of insulation at all. These include:
- Chiefly only suitable for new constructions
- Destabilizes existing constructions
- Significantly higher cost than interior insulation
- Higher risk for termite infestation if certain materials are used
- Fewer materials to choose from
External insulation is arguably the most thorough option, but it’s simply not an option for some homes. If you’re considering getting basement insulation, consider consulting with our professionals first to determine whether or not the process would be both financially and structurally feasible for your home. Finding the best of both worlds is always your best option, and we’re here to ensure you’re always able to find the perfect balance.
Types of Basement Insulation
Depending on the surface area and the unique characteristics of the house we’re working on, we have a variety of insulation types we can use in a basement. Spray foam insulation can be used for rim joists and for air sealing. For basement walls, we use a product called ECOCELL, which are pre-formed sheets or batts of cellulose insulation. ECOCELL is:
- Made from 70% recycled materials
- Is fire-rated and mold resistant
- Dries faster than any other basement wall insulation on the market
Consider these facts when installing interior basement wall, basement ceiling, or basement floor insulation:
- Some insulation types release toxic gases on ignition, so they require a fire-rated covering
- Even if it’s only a few inches, interior basement wall insulation typically reduces the size of your basement area
- The insulation may become saturated through the foundation by moisture if your home has poor drainage issues
- Superior air sealing measures should be taken to ensure adequate insulation
Contact Us for a FREE Quote on Basement Insulation Near You
WMGB can assure your basement wall, basement floor, or basement ceiling insulation is properly installed. Give us a call today to speak with our home improvement specialists and ask about scheduling a home energy audit to see if your basement could use an insulation upgrade today!