If you are looking for a solution for a damp, musty basement, the answer might be something that is hidden inside your walls. Closed cell spray foam insulation not only provides a thermal barrier, but also gives moisture-barrier protection that is key in reducing the dampness and odors that accompany moisture. It is a slick solution that is easy to install on foundation walls and quickly applied using professional spray equipment.
The foam also protects against air infiltration which is something that is usually sought after for above ground uses. When you consider the labor involved in putting up a vapor barrier and fitting it around outlets and plugs, you may find that spray foam compares favorably to batt insulation. And, don’t forget the cost savings on your heating and cooling bills. Over time, foam can pay for itself in reduced monthly energy costs.
Your contractor will know which type of foam, open or closed cell, is appropriate for your particular installation. Closed cell, as highlighted above, is usually the preferred type for basements and anywhere moisture is a problem.
What you get is a more comfortable home that doesn’t smell musty and stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. You will enjoy your basement much more when you feel comfortable and your children will want to play there because they are comfortable. A dry, warm basement can be a godsend especially in winter or when it is raining as a place where friends and family can gather.
Insulation is one of the few home improvements that can pay for itself completely over time. And, not to be underestimated, it is an amenity that buyers are looking for when purchasing a home. If heating and cooling costs are low, then buyers can afford to pay more for a house and that’s a welcome fact in a tough housing market.
General information on basements.