Basement Insulation Brampton
Why You Need to Insulate Your Basement
Most basements in Ontario and more specifically the GTA are built with below grade walls. These below grade walls are what support the structure of the house. When your basements walls have exposed concrete the cold temperature of the ground will transfer via conduction and make your basement very cold. In order to reduce the temperature drops in your basement it is essential that you insulate the walls. Insulating your basement walls will help you decrease the cost of heating your house and will create a cozier environment to live in.
There are Two Ways to Insulate a Basement:
Our Process For Insulating Basements from the Inside
Step 1: Initial Inspection
Our experts will come to your house and physically inspect the basement space you are considering getting insulated. The site inspection gives us a chance to properly measure out the amount and insulation required and if other work is required.
Step 2: Moisture Remediation
The initial inspection will reveal if moisture remediation is required. If there are cracks in the foundation then moisture will make its way through into the basement. The causes of the moisture must be fixed before insulation is installed. If there are moisture issues we can provide contacts to experts in this line of work.
Step 3: Moisture Avoidance
If there were no moisture issues detected in the foundation walls or if they were fixed it is time to add moisture barriers. A moisture barrier is something that is fastened directly into the concrete wall. Therefore the moisture barrier is behind the insulation and wood frame. If you decide to go with spray foam then this will also act as a moisture barrier and you will not need to use a barrier. The moisture barrier has the sole purpose of not letting moisture into your insulation which makes sure no mold is being created.
Step 4: Frame Installation
Once the moisture barrier is installed (whether that was spray foam, poly sheets, or wraps) the wood frame will need to be installed. Stable Insulation is not an expert in wood framing so we will recommend some of our trusted framers for the job.
Step 5: Insulation Installation
Once the wood frame is up it is time to install the insulation that was selected after the site inspection. Insulation will be added behind the frame and in between the studs of the frame.
Step 6: Vapor Barrier
After the insulation has been installed behind the frame and in between the studs of the frame it is time to add a vapour barrier. A vapour barrier is a thin plastic lining that is installed on the warm side of the wall. More specifically it is secured to the studs of the frame and over the insulation.
Our Process For Insulating Basements from the Outside
Step 1: Site Inspection
The site inspection will allow us to understand the situation and measure the size of the job. This will tell us how much of the product we will need. In the inspection we will also provide you with our recommendations and costing of each recommendation for the job.
Step 2: Excavation
If you it is an older house then the chances are the foundation is buried below grade. We will have excavate the area in which you want to be insulated. A trench needs to be dug down to the footings of the foundation wall. If the foundation wall and drainage system is in good shape, we might only need to dig 2 feet below grade.
Step 3: Water Proofing
Cracks or damage to the foundation wall will need to be fixed. Water proofing material should be installed which will go from grade level to the foundation footing. Water proofing can come in the form of sprays, sheets or roll on materials.
Step 4: Insulation Installation
The insulation will be installed on top of the water proofing material that was applied to the foundation wall in step 3. There are three types of insulation that is used for exterior foundation walls:
Flashing will also be installed in order to keep the installation from moving, prevents water from getting behind it and adds a clean look. The other exposed portion of the insulation will be covered in order to protect it from physical damage and sun light.
Step 5: Refill Excavated Area
The area that was excavated in step 2 needs to filled back in. After the trench has been back filled we will ensure that the ground slopes away from the foundation. This helps ensure that water wont drain towards the house.