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Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl space insulation is important. A number of comfort and energy problems are caused by inadequate or incorrect crawl space insulation.

Signs of crawl space insulation problems

Fiberglass Insulation

Save now but pay later. Fiberglass batt insulation is inexpensive. But it doesn’t perform well or last long when installed between crawl space joists.

Crawl space insulation done wrong: fiberglass batts installed between joists

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.

Benefits of Rigid Foam Crawl Space Insulation

  • Stable and reliable. Unlike fiberglass insulation, rigid foam won’t compress, fall out of place or lose its R-value over time. It’s definitely a “once-and-done” improvement.
  • Effective air sealing. When joints between foam panels are taped, rigid foam stops air leaks that can waste energy. Fiberglass insulation can’t stop air movement.
  • Moisture-proof. Rigid foam won’t absorb moisture or be damaged by it.
  • Unfriendly to mold. Mold can’t take hold on rigid foam because it contains no organic food source and it doesn’t hold moisture.
  • Better ductwork performance. Ducts located in the crawl space benefit from rigid foam installed against crawl space walls.

Crawl space insulation done right: rigid foam panels installed against crawl space walls

Silverglo Insulation

Looking good & lasting long. Rigid foam insulation can’t be damaged by moisture and won’t degrade in appearance or R-value over time. In a crawl space, it’s usually installed against the interior face of foundation walls.

Rigid foam insulation performs much better than fiberglass in a crawl space. This type of insulation is manufactured in panels of different thicknesses. Installers cut the panels to fit against the interior face of crawl space foundation walls. Panels are secured with adhesive or mechanical fasteners.

Insulating a crawl space with rigid foam is often done as part of the crawl space encapsulation process –a treatment that building scientists recommend. Crawl space encapsulation effectively seals your crawl space off from the exterior, giving you control over the environment beneath your living space.

Although rigid foam insulation costs more than fiberglass insulation, it’s less expensive when you consider that you’ll never have to clean up or redo a mess of damaged, ineffective installation. Rigid foam will deliver the same performance and benefits in 15 years as it does on day #1.

Start Saving Energy and Money With A Crawl Space and Basement Insulation Upgrade.

Call 1-757-566-8622 or contact us online to schedule Free Estimate for basement or crawl space insulation in Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and nearby including Chesapeake, Hampton, Williamsburg, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Gloucester, Yorktown, and more.

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