One of the biggest issues associated with buying a home that was build prior to 1920 is keeping it well-insulated from the cold and preventing heat from escaping in the winter months. The reason why it is often so difficult is because many of these homes have very little insulation, old and outdated insulation, or sometimes no insulation at all. Building cavity insulation is a technique that is used by professional insulation installers to fill this “gap” and provide homeowners with the insulation protection they need from the cold weather.
Where is Building Cavity Insulation Used?
Some of the most common instances where building cavity insulation is used is in a home that has plaster walls. Many homeowners want to preserve the look and feel of the original plaster and don’t want to take a chance at disturbing it with some methods of interior wall insulation. Moreover, homes that have beautiful alfresco walls that were painted by hand, should also be protected with a professional installation of building cavity insulation. Homes with brick walls or walls made of stone will also greatly benefit from this method of installation.
When the insulation materials are properly installed, the new insulation will help to create a barrier between the outdoor temperatures and the indoor temperatures, allowing for better thermal management control. It will also help heaters and air-conditioning systems to run more effectively and efficiently, lowering your monthly utility bills. Interior wall insulation helps your home to be healthier and more comfortable for everyone in it.
How Do I Know if I Need Building Cavity Insulation?
If you have a room or rooms in your home that are colder than others in the winter months or hotter than others in the summer, chances are you will need to update or add to your interior wall insulation. Homes that were built prior to 1920 should be inspected by a professional Westport residential insulation installer to ensure that adequate insulation is present. Many of these homes will have had upgrades over the years, but some will not. Others may have upgraded their residential insulation in one room, but not every room of the house.
If your home was built after 1920, but prior to 1990 when insulation regulations changed, you will at least want to have your home inspected by a professional insulation installer. Sometimes small and simple additions to insulation, such as an extra layer of blown-in insulation in the attic, will make a big difference in the efficiency of your home. If that’s not enough for you, saving hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars which would ultimately pay for the upgrade in a space of several months, should serve as inspiration.
Regardless of when your home was built, if you notice a draft, an increase in your utility usage (not bills) or any dampness in your walls, floors or ceilings, call an expert right away. It could be that the interior wall insulation that was installed in your home when it was built is no longer effective or that the builder did not create a proper vapor or air barrier. There are a couple of different types of building cavity insulation options available to a professional installer, so chances are good that you will be able to find a solution that you can afford.
What Materials Are Best for Building Cavity Insulation?
When it comes to choosing the best materials for the job, it really pays to go with professional advice for your Westport residential insulation. That being said, the most common type of interior wall insulation that is used for this purpose is blown-in insulation. Blown-in insulation is a type of loose insulation that can be installed just about anywhere in your home, providing cost-effective, efficient and environmentally-friendly, in most cases, insulation protection. Blown-in insulation is a safe material for homes with plaster, stone or brick walls that require interior wall insulation.
Icynene spray-foam is also another option that can be considered for building cavity insulation. It can only be installed by a reputable installer, so make sure you work with a professional technician, such as the folks at Richie’s Insulation. Spray-foam can be used for interior wall insulation because the foam expands upward, not outward like other products, helping to protect fragile plaster walls and other aesthetic or structural materials. To figure out what material is best for your Westport residential insulation, contact Richie’s Insulation. They will come out to your home, inspect your current insulation and provide you with a full evaluation.
For questions about interior wall insulation or to set up an appointment to upgrade your Westport residential insulation, call Richie’s Insulation. We provide professional insulation installation services to customers throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Cape Cod. Call Richie’s today at 508-678-4474.