In this video, learn how to solve home comfort problems caused by an unsealed, uninsulated crawl space. Watch to see how to make your crawl space more energy efficient!
Crawl spaces are shallow structures installed directly into the dirt under your home. As such, they tend to soak up the natural cold of the earth around your home and transfer it into the air in your crawl space.
If you have utilities in your crawl space such as your water heater, furnace, or hot water pipes, your energy bills will suffer. The fluctuation in temperature will force your heating and air conditioning systems to work harder, causing your energy costs to rise.
For your crawl space insulation to perform like it should, it's essential to install the right type of insulation, the right amount of insulation, and use the correct installation technique.
At Green Factor Insulation, we can improve the condition of your crawl space and the living space above with products that are durable, long lasting, and made especially for the crawl space environment. Call us today to get a free estimate in Lawrence, Topeka, Olathe and the nearby areas.
The old-fashioned way to insulate a crawl space was to install fiberglass batt insulation between joists and vent the crawl space so outside air could circulate beneath the house. Unfortunately, this combination usually leads to the problems listed above. Fiberglass insulation doesn’t respond well to the moist conditions that can be found in a crawl space.
The cotton-like material absorbs moisture, gets soggy, compresses and loses R-value. Fiberglass batts often end up on the crawl space floor in a soggy mess. The main advantage of fiberglass insulation — low cost — is totally negated when the material ceases to perform its main function.
The most effective way to insulate your crawl space in our climate is to insulate the walls of your crawl space closing it off from the elements. This way, plumbing pipes and HVAC ducts are protected from freezing temperatures, helping to conserve energy.
Eliminate the vents- Vents will allow moisture from the outside to migrate into your crawl space. We will seal off any foundation vents before applying spray foam to the foundation walls.
Insulate the rim joist- When applying spray foam to the foundation walls, we will spray the rim joist as well. Any moisture that the rim joist collects will be forced to dry to the outside, rather than into the crawl space.
Insulate the foundation- The best method to insulate crawlspace walls is with spray foam insulation. Two inches of closed cell foam gives you an air barrier as well as a moisture barrier. Your foundation walls will have a minimum R-value of 13.
Add a vapor barrier- Whether your crawl space floor is dirt, gravel, sand, or concrete, it is going to allow moisture to migrate in. We will install a 10-20 mil thick plastic as the vapor barrier based on your particular crawl space needs.
Top performance. Covering the crawl space floor with TerraBlock™ insulation creates a durable thermal and moisture barrier.
Does your crawl space need insulation on the floor as well as on the walls? TerraBlock™ insulation has what it takes to handle tough crawl space conditions. It’s made from a special type of rigid foam insulation that is flexible enough to install over rough, irregular crawl space floors. Faced on both sides with durable vinyl, TerraBlock™ insulation has excellent puncture and abrasion resistance.
In addition to providing extra insulation value, TerraBlock™ creates a clean, comfortable floor for homeowners and service pros who need to move around in the crawl space.
Call 1-855-246-3393 or contact us online to schedule a free estimate for basement or crawl space insulation in Olathe, Topeka, Lawrence, Miami, Overland Park, Lenexa, Shawnee, Ottawa, Tecumseh, Gardner, and the nearby areas. Green Factor Insulation is your trusted insulation company serving Greater Kansas City.