Tackling a basement finishing project isn’t a small task, and there are many decisions to make. One of the most important decisions is the kind of insulation you should choose. Insulation is critical to any basement; the more stable the temperature in your basement, the more stable the temperatures will be throughout your home in both the summer and the winter.
With so many options on the market, which kind is the best for your Utah basement finishing project? As the leading basement contractors in Utah, we at Aspire know a thing or two about the insulation of basement walls. Let’s discuss all the basement insulation options on the market so you can make a more informed choice.
5 Most Common Types of Insulation in Utah Homes
Commonly made from fiberglass or mineral wood, batt insulation was traditionally manufactured in rolls but is now cut into flat pieces. Batt insulation is available with or without facing, and local climates will determine what type is installed. Generally speaking, batt insulation isn’t the best option for exterior basement insulation because the fiberglass is not an effective vapor barrier.
Blown insulation is made from a cellular plant source, such as wood and recycled paper products. It’s an excellent option for enclosed areas because it easily conforms to ductwork and pipes and fits easily in the space where insulation is needed. Blown insulation is a great option for attic spaces.
This type of insulation features a reflective facing made from aluminum foil or aluminized polyester. It is an incredibly efficient type of insulation and can reflect heat by up to 95%. In areas with extreme temperatures, it can keep out hot summer air and keep warm air inside during the cold winter. Reflection insulation is effective when installed near a heat source, such as near HVAC equipment, underneath a metal roof, or in an area behind a stove.
Spray foam, made with a mixture of isocyanate and polyol resin, is an air barrier material that is an effective seal that can be applied to floors, walls, and ceiling cavities. It can be sprayed into any cavity, such as an attic, crawl space, rim joists, and more. If an open cavity can benefit from extra insulation, spray foam is a great option. Closed-cell spray foam is an excellent option for insulating basement walls because of its ability to resist moisture with minimal application.
Also known as rigid foam insulation, foam board insulation is commonly used for basement wall insulation because of its ability to resist moisture. It is sold in panels of various sizes and is made from polyurethane, polystyrene, or polyisocyanurate. It can be installed into any cavity of the home and can also be used as sheathing on the outside of the house.
A Few Factors to Consider Before Selecting Insulation
The many different kinds of insulation mean that there are many variables to consider when selecting insulation for your space. Prices can vary from a national average price based on the size of your project, labor prices, equipment being used, and more. Fiberglass batts are generally the least expensive option, while spray foam insulation is the most expensive option.
- Location & Use
As we’ve discussed above, some types of insulation are best for specific areas, while others can generally be used in any space. In many cases, a variety of insulation is used throughout the home to provide the best possible insulation result. A basement finishing contractor, like Aspire Construction, can help you choose the best insulation for the different places in your basement.
If you’re interested in using an eco-friendly option for your Utah basement finishing project, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of choices on the market. Some green insulation options are cellulose fiber, rigid cork, fiberglass, mineral wool, and some varieties of spray foam.
R-value is a rating scale for thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation. Utah has specific insulation requirements for homes based on the home’s location. For example, attics in homes in northern Utah need at least R-49 to R-60 insulation. The R-value for attic insulation is based on the insulation depth, with 12 inches deep being equal to R-36 and 16 inches deep being equal to R-48.
From Insulation to Finishes, Trust Aspire for Basement Remodels in Utah
Are you looking to begin your Utah basement finishing project? Trust the professionals at Aspire. Not only will we take care of your remodel, but we’ll take the guesswork out of finding the right insulation for the job. With over 40 years of combined experience, there’s no project our Utah basement contractors can’t handle. Our licensed professionals will take over every step of the job, communicating with you throughout the entire process for the best possible result. Contact us today for a bid on your next Utah basement finishing project and more.