Does your basement need insulation? Or can you just put walls up against the concrete?
It is in a basement’s nature to be subterranean. And that’s why these spaces stay cooler than the rest of the house, no matter the season. That’s nice in the heat of summer, but not so much in the chill of winter.
Basement Insulation or Just Walls?
Whether your basement was finished when you moved into your home or you are thinking of refinishing it now, you will want to consider adding insulation. If you opt for a basement finishing system, insulation isn’t an option. The panels just snap onto the walls.
Those kits are expensive, but you could also go the DIY route and use furring strips to attach walls directly to the concrete. While this is a legitimate option, you will want to leave a small space in between the wall and the concrete to allow for air circulation, which will help discourage mold growth.
Glass Is a Poor Insulator
Homes that are built into a slope or hill often have basements that are only partially underground, with windows and sliding glass doors at the back. Even though the walls are not entirely covered with earth, the large glass doors can often make for a chilly, drafty space.
Winters can be long in Utah, and a basement without insulation may be uninhabitable during this time. If you want your basement to be a four-season space in your home, put insulation into the design.
You Get What You Pay for with Basement Insulation
This will, however, undoubtedly add to the cost. You can save by not framing the walls and using stiff sheathing insulation instead of fiberglass rolls. But it won’t work as well.
Framing the walls and filling the space between the studs with fiberglass insulation with an adequate R-rating is your best bet for keeping your basement warm throughout the winter.
Besides keeping the space warmer, basement insulation protects better against moisture infiltration. Basements are notoriously damp, and part of the reason for this is moist air seeps through and around the walls. Adding a moisture barrier like heavy plastic to your wall studs after installing basement insulation can help keep the space drier.
If you have a newer build, you may have a moisture barrier on the outside of your walls. If this is the case, a second one inside is likely unnecessary.
We Have the Facts about Basement Insulation
Do you have questions about finishing — or refinishing — your basement? Falk Construction can help. We have been building and remodeling homes throughout the Ogden, Utah, area for decades.
Tap into our valuable experience for your next building project. We specialize in new builds; bathroom, kitchen and basement remodels; and general contracting services. Call us today.