What Should You Do About Insulation When Remodeling Your Chilly Maine Basement?

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What Should You Do About Insulation When Remodeling Your Chilly Maine Basement?

Posted on February 26, 2016.

basement remodeling MN

If you’re getting revved up for basement remodeling in MN, there are a lot of questions you are probably asking yourself right now. The basement tends to be that one spot that every homeowner pretty much leaves alone for years. Some people even notice water seeping across the floor for months on end but don’t do anything about it. So if you’ve actually decided to do something about that much-neglected space, more power to ya! Jot all those questions down, and the pros will be able to weigh in on them so that your remodeling project goes to completion.

One question that a lot of people have regarding basement remodeling in MN is what to do about insulation. Some people wonder whether they should worry about insulation at all. No matter where you’re living, whether it’s in balmy Florida or chilly Maine, you should DEFINITELY put in some insulation. In general, current building codes actually require that you include R-11 insulation or better whenever you are remodeling a part of your house. This is partly because insulation also serves as a fire block in addition to keeping the house (and important components of the heating and plumbing systems) at an appropriate temperature. Installing a drywall firestop will actually be significantly more expensive than adding the proper amount of insulation.

It’s a good idea to use un-faced fiberglass insulation for your basement remodeling in MN because it will allow the moisture to breathe properly, instead of getting trapped between the walls. You’ll have a much easier time keeping your house free of mold if you do this. You should not use insulation board made out of styrofoam, since this could be a fire hazard. Keep in mind that the builders you hire can also give you a lot of tips regarding how to install the insulation. Don’t hesitate to ask their advice and get a sense of what their preferences are.

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The home improvement experts at Royale Crown Construction are ready to help you reduce energy costs and make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Contact us for a free estimate today by calling (763) 231-0455 or completing our on-line quote request form.