Welcome back to our enlightening Parade of Homes Wisconsin series. As we progress, each episode unravels a new facet of home building, and today we delve into the intricacies of basement insulation, a pivotal component that ensures comfort and energy efficiency in any home.
The world of insulation is dotted with ratings and numbers. Chief among these is the 'R' value, which denotes resistance. When we talk about walls having values like R19, R30, R40, or even R50, we're essentially discussing how resistant that insulation is to heat flow. A higher 'R' means more insulation and better energy efficiency.
Our chosen method at Sanctified Homes is to install an R7.5 foam board around our basement foundations. Although merely an inch and a half in thickness, this foam offers considerable insulation. What's even better is that when this foam is coupled with additional insulation during wall framing, homeowners can comfortably achieve the recommended R20 insulation value for basement walls.
Balancing insulation can be tricky. Too little, and you lose out on energy efficiency; too much, and you risk overspending without tangible benefits. Our approach at Sanctified Homes focuses on achieving that balance. While we ensure no basement wall goes below the R20 mark, we're also cautious not to exceed to the point where it's no longer cost-effective.
Beyond insulation value, our chosen foam board offers another significant advantage. Positioned between the outer concrete and the inner wall framing, this insulation acts as a thermal break. This means it effectively halts cold transfer from the concrete to the wood framing, ensuring basements remain warm in the winter and cool during summer months.
At the heart of our building philosophy is the commitment to provide homes that are durable, safe, healthy, and comfortable. Basement insulation plays a pivotal role in this. By adequately insulating the basement, homeowners can prevent unnecessary energy expenditures, ensuring heat doesn't escape during winters or seep in during summers.
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