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Basements & Crawl Spaces

  • Prevent unwanted cold air infiltration and lower humidity

  • Create a more comfortable basement and upstairs living space

  • Stop mold and mildew problems

  • Lower heating & cooling costs

  • Turn your basement into usable additional living space

Many houses have fiberglass batt insulation installed between basement ceiling joists, if anything at all. This doesn't prevent air leakage, which causes uncomfortable temperatures, moisture problems and higher energy costs. It also only helps insulate the upstairs space, it doesn't make the basement more comfortable. Upgrading your insulation can transform your damp, cold and unused basement into a dry, comfortable living space, while also eliminating mold and mildew problems and lowering your energy bills.

 

How can we help? 

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A major source of air leakage and energy waste is the outer edge of the house where the floor framing rests on the foundation. This is especially seen where electrical, plumbing, or dryer vents penetrate to the exterior of the home. By properly sealing and insulating the rim joists, we can prevent air leakage, heat loss and pests.

 

The best way to insulate your basement’s concrete walls, is by installing Rigid foam insulation. Unlike fiberglass batts, rigid foam insulation doesn’t absorb moisture, preventing it from compressing, falling out of place or losing R-value. By ensuring your basement is properly insulated, you can create a more comfortable space as well as save money on your heating or cooling bills.

  • Reduce moisture and prevent mold growth 

  • Improve indoor air quality 

  • Prevent potential structural deterioration

  • Prevent pipes from freezing in winter months  

  • Keep duct work in conditioned space, improving energy efficiency

  • Lower heating & cooling costs

The Department of Energy and the EPA agree encapsulating the crawl space is a great way to reduce energy costs, increase air quality and eliminate moisture related damage to your home. Our specialists will install a plastic vapor barrier on the ground and foundation walls of the crawl space. Once everything is sealed, we insulate the foundation walls and rim joist with foam board and spray foam. Spray foam is a great tool for insulating as well as sealing air leaks, making the crawl space airtight and bringing it within your home's thermal boundary. When a crawl space is properly sealed and insulated, it improves your home’s efficiency, prevents cold rooms and floors above the crawl space and helps you save money on energy bills. 

If you experience cold floors or uncomfortable rooms in your home, contact VFD Contracting today and let us help.