SPRING IS HERE! CHECK YOUR CRAWL SPACE

Spring is coming! That means more sunny days and warmer temperatures. It also means winter melting and spring showers.

Spring is here! That means more sun and warmer days. It also means melting snow and spring showers. Make sure your crawl space is in proper condition to help keep water out and maintain the structural integrity of your home.

When preparing your home for spring, keep these things in mind when checking your crawl space:

INSULATION
By properly insulating and conditioning your crawl space, you can help the floors in your home maintain a constant temperature. If you decide to insulate your crawl space, consider spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulates and seals cracks and any other penetration points in one application. If you decide to completely seal your crawl space (also known as a conditioned crawl space) you could add storage space to the square footage of your home.

CRACKS
It is common for cracks to form in the walls of a crawl space. You can assist in keeping water and pests out of your crawl space by sealing these points. Spray foam can help by insulating and air sealing in one step.

DRAINAGE
Keep water out of your crawl space by moving it away from your foundation. By ensuring that water can drain away from your home, it will not enter your crawl space. If water pools around your home, consider contacting a professional to address issues with grading around your home.

Spring showers and winter melting are here! Now is the time to examine your crawl space. Contact our office to schedule a free estimate. Have other crawl space or insulation questions? Give us a call!

 

Three Things Missing in Your New Home

When building a new home there are many decisions to make! It’s easy to overlook preparing your home for extreme temperatures in exchange for things like choosing countertops, flooring and more.

Failure to give your new home’s energy efficiency the proper attention can cause problems like higher energy bills, equipment malfunctions, pest issues and more. If you’re building a new home, here are three critical steps to help make your home energy efficient and comfortable:

  1. Sealing Air Leaks
    Air sealing is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to help reduce energy loss and keep energy bills low. A leaky home can waste approximately 10 to 15 percent of a home’s heating dollars. Air leaks are found around doors, windows, wires, electrical outlets, ducts and more. Sealing these penetration points will dramatically increase the comfort of your home.
  2. Installing Upgraded Attic Insulation
    Fiberglass insulation is a great way to add R-value to an attic. Upgrading the attic of a new home with spray foam insulation will seal air leaks and add R-value with one step. Spray foam insulation can also minimize external sound bleed and add strength to your home.
  3. Sealing and Insulating Your Crawl Space or Basement
    An uninsulated crawl space or basement can have a huge impact on the comfort of your home. Both areas are in direct contact with the ground and any moisture. When your basement or crawl space is cold and damp, this can cause the floors of your home’s main level to be cold and dramatically affect your comfort. Properly sealing and insulating your crawl space or basement can pay off.

Don’t overlook these key steps of home construction. Your wallet and your family will thank you! If you are ready to insulate a new home, contact us for a free estimate!