When insulating your home, the floor is one area you might not think about addressing. However, insulation in the floor can make a big difference in your comfort level as well as your energy savings. At Action 1 Insulation, our contractors have extensive experience working with insulation in all areas of the home, including the floor. If you need help with this or are interested in exploring your options, we’re the team you can rely on.
What to Look for in Floor Insulation?
When choosing insulation for your floors, it’s important to know that not all options are the same. The qualities that you should look for in flooring insulation include:
- Lightweight (especially if you want to try to install on your own)
- Material that won’t compress over time
- Material that resists moisture
Why Should You Consider this Option?
Insulated floors can help prevent moisture from coming into the home, which can reduce mildew and mold growth. This is especially important if you have a finished basement that tends to be cold no matter what the weather outside is like.
Prevent Heat Loss
Uninsulated flooring can cause you to lose much of the warm air that’s in your home. While this may not bother you much throughout the year, it can make an impact on your heating bills during the colder winter months. It’s estimated that 10% of your heating bills can be caused by loss of heat through the floors, so it’s important to consider if you’re trying to save money throughout the year.
Get Rid of Drafts
Do you ever notice cold drafts when you’re standing in your kitchen or walking around your house? This could be due to the lack of insulation underneath your floors, where cold air can flow through freely. By adding an extra layer, you’ll be getting rid of air gaps so you have fewer drafts throughout the year.
Keep Your Home Cool
Cold air in your home can also be lost through the floors, just as hot air can be during the winter. Insulation can reduce this dramatically so the temperature inside your home stays cooler without putting more pressure on your HVAC system.
Prevent Freezing Pipes
If your winters are particularly cold, then you know there’s always a risk of freezing pipes. Unfortunately, if these pipes are located underneath your floors, that could mean a lot of damage to your floors. You can minimize this risk by insulating the area between the pipes so they have more warmth even during the coldest temperatures.
Underfloor vs Floor-Covering
Underfloor insulation can be installed underneath your flooring without the need to actually remove the floor. Instead, installation is done through the crawlspace underneath the floors so less work inside the house is necessary. If you’ve recently had new floors installed or you don’t want to move all your furniture, this can be a great option.
Floor-covering insulation will be necessary if you don’t have a crawlspace underneath your floors where the insulation can be installed. For this option, your floor will need to be removed completely so the insulation can be installed underneath. Once this is finished, the floors can be re-installed and you can enjoy the benefits that insulation has to offer.
Types of Insulation to Consider
Fiberglass insulation is a popular option because it’s affordable and easy to find. It’s also lightweight and easy to cut, so it’s a solid option for homeowners who are looking for a DIY project. However, over time fiberglass tends to compress, which will lessen its ability to insulate. It also is not the best option for protecting against moisture, so you may have trouble with mold or mildew if you live in a wet climate.
Rigid foam is priced higher than fiberglass, although many homeowners agree the price is worth it because it won’t compress over time. It also provides an effective barrier against moisture and can be used with heated flooring systems for toasty warm feet all year. This is a solid choice if you’re looking to spend more on a high-quality material that you won’t have to replace for a long time to come.
Spray foam has become more popular in recent years, as it’s affordable and effective for insulation in floors and other areas throughout the home. Its ability to expand on any surface means it can easily seal open spaces and create a protective barrier. Homeowners enjoy that spray foam removes drafts on their floors and helps keep their home’s temperature more controlled throughout the year.
Why Hiring an Expert Team for Floor Insulation Makes Sense
It’s understandable why homeowners have started to try DIY projects to make improvements in their homes. However, insulation is one area that we feel should be best left to professionals. With years of experience and on-the-job training, contractors are capable of installing floor insulation with precision. Some of the biggest advantages of their service include:
At Action 1 Insulation, we save our clients time by taking care of the small details for them. We find the right team, coordinate appointments, and discuss costs so you can quickly choose what’s right for you. Our team of professionals can also handle any insulation job without taking extra time, so you can expect your project to be completed in a timely manner.
Action 1 Insulation values our customers and their desire to stay on budget. To help with this, we work with contractors who will discuss your options before you commit. They do this by looking at your home and calculating the numbers for you to go through. This can help you find what you need without spending more than you’d like.