On April 15, 2013 Mike Holmes posted a great article in the Regina Leader Post that explains why proper basement insulation is so important. Here are a few highlights from that article:
“when it comes to finishing a basement the most important thing is to make sure it’s properly insulated. Otherwise, you’re just going to create the perfect environment for mold and mildew. Breathing in mold spores can lead to serious health problems, like respiratory issues.”
“If your basement is insulated the same way as an above-grade wall – with wood studs against the wall, batt insulation in between and vapor barrier over that – you will have air movement, which can lead to condensation and mold problems.”
“Can you imagine trying to fix a mold and moisture issue after the basement is finished? There goes about $20,000, plus the cost of fixing and replacing everything.”
“All rigid foam insulation is mold and mildew resistant. It won’t hold moisture, even if you had a flood in your basement. Another great thing about rigid foam is that it comes ship-lapped, like tongue and groove, so each piece fits tightly against the next without any gaps.”
“Insulating the basement this way creates a thermal break between the air inside your basement and the air outside. It gets rid of any air movement behind the walls, which we know leads to condensation. It’s like a beer cooler, which has rigid foam insulation too.”
To read the entire article on the Regina Leader Post website, please click the link below.