We get it. Your home’s crawl space is a scary, bug infested place that you never want to descend into for fear of what lurks in the darkness there. Unfortunately, this area also tends to be the most poorly insulated part of a person’s house. With an open area between your home and the unprotected and unfinished ground beneath it, this can create many areas for air to leak from your house. Your floors will become very cold to the touch, making walking around barefoot quite uncomfortable. If you think you have a problem in your crawl space, call the crawl space insulation experts of Northwest Spray Foam Co and we would be happy to come out and help you.
Fixing Poor Crawl Space Insulation
You have some different options when it comes to solving a deficiency in crawl space insulation. The most common and easily available option for upgrading crawl space insulation is to have panels of rigid foam insulation that can be installed directly against the walls of your foundation. Since older homes have crawl spaces insulated with fiberglass, this upgrade is a big help due to the fact that it doesn’t absorb moisture like fiberglass insulation does.
Another option for increasing the insulation properties of your crawl space is to have the floor of your crawl space insulated with innovative, proprietary floor insulation technologies that will prevent moisture from rising and sapping heat energy from the areas above the crawl space. This is a great option for those who are seeking an additional layer of insulation protection for their crawl spaces, and an option that we heavily recommend for those who are trying to raise the comfort level of their home and save money as well.
Issues with bad crawl space insulation
Traditional insulation in the crawl space area tends to take the form of fiberglass batts, which are panels of fluffy fiberglass material that degrade over time and absorb moisture, making them ineffective. Since these fiberglass batts are the cheapest option for insulation, home building contractors opt to use these batts to insulate homes. They tend to be installed badly and create openings for conditioned air to escape and drafts to enter homes, making them a poor choice for insulation. We highly recommend you have this insulation removed and replaced with a more robust and effective insulation.
Not every home has a crawl space- especially in more northern climates where basements tend to be the rule because of frost lines. The same problems with poor insulation persist with basements the same as they are with crawl spaces, namely with bad fiberglass insulation panels that absorb moisture in these bottom levels of your home. If you have a basement level in your home it behooves you to have this awful fiberglass insulation removed and more efficient forms of insulation installed by a professional insulation installation company. Our expert team of insulation specialists will be sure to save your wallet from the detriment of having bad sub-level insulation that drains energy away from your home.