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Re: Basement Insulation

Posted By: Nino
Saturday, 3 February 2001, at 7:40 a.m.

In Response To: Basement Insulation (Rod Pierce)

It would depend on a couple of factors. If you live in a milder part of the country where the temperature doesn't vary much season to season, then you wouldn't need to insulate. If you live in a colder climate and are planning to heat the basement, then insulation will help. As far as a moisture barrier is concerned, I think your getting it confused with waterproofing barrier. A moisture barrier is used between heated living areas and insulation and it is meant to keep everyday moisture from cooking, cleaning, and living, out of the insulation. A waterproofing barrier is used on the inside of the basement wall to keep water (and moisture) out of the basement. Your safest bet, if you are going to insulate, is to use a foam board type of insulation. This type of insulation is not affected by moisture the way fiberglass batts are. You state that your basement is dry, but it would be cheap insurance to apply a coat of Thoroughseal to the inside walls of the basement before you start.

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