Ask Shell's Tip Of The Day - How To Insulate and Frame A Basement

June 19th 2018
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Shell Busey shows you how to insulate and frame a basement wall.

Upgrading your home's insulation is one of the easiest ways to reduce your energy bill while keeping your family warm in the winter. Insulation and ventilation work together to make your home comfortable. 

R-value: Many homes have insufficient insulation, another source of heat loss. Average home should have between R-28 (8 inches) to R-40 (12 inches) in insulation in the attic, more in colder climates. R-Values Insulation is measured in "R-Value" which is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating power!

Fiber glass and Cellulose - The two types of materials commonly used for insulation in today's homes: Fiber glass insulation is spun from molten sand and recycled glass into fibers. Cellulose insulation is made from recycled newspapers, which is then treated with a chemical flame retardant. Both fiber glass and cellulose insulation can be made into "loose-fill" insulation, which can be blown into areas such as attics and walls with a blowing machine. Fiber glass insulation also comes in "batts" which are pre-cut pieces of insulation that vary in height and length. All unfinished walls, floors and ceilings.