How to Use Foam to Insulate Your Basement
For areas where there are weather changes like winter and summer, the basement could be kept at comfortable temperature by using foam to insulate your basement. This is done by applying a foam-board insulation on the walls of the basement area. The insulation gives warmth during the winter days and coolness in the summer days. The insulator is easy to apply. With the insulation to the basement, there will be tremendous decrease in the cost of electricity to the household. Below are the materials that you need along with the steps on how to use foam to insulate your basement.
Step 1-Strip the Basement Floor
The initial step is to put furring strips around the base of the floor along the basement wall using masonry screws, with the 3” side made to face the wall and the screws installed at 6 to 8 inches intervals. Connect furring strips atop the wall at the same interval spacing for the screws.
Step 2-Apply Furring Strips to the Wall
Connect two vertical furring strips of the top and the bottom of the strips at the corners. There should be one strip per wall to form the corner. From the corner, measure about 16 inches and mark in a vertical chalk line. Proceed with this along the wall until the next corner is reached. A furring strip should be attached to the centered wall along the chalk line. Secure with masonry screws. Go on with the procedure until all the walls are been installed with furring strips.
Step 3-Cut the Foam Insulation Board
Cut the foam insulation board in such a way that it fits well between the furring strips. A straight-edge should be used with a sharp knife to be able to get clean and smooth boundaries.
Step 4-Application Adhesives
Construction adhesive should be applied using a caulking gum to the wall in between the furring strips. Apply it with a back and forth motion creating a curved line from the top to the bottom. Firmly, press the foam board into the adhesive. The pressure applied along the face of the board will ensure that there will be proper alignment on the adhesion. Keep doing this until the whole area are covered with the furring strips and no vacant areas are seen.
Step 5-Use the Construction Plastic
After applying the adhesion, the walls should be covered with construction plastic. The plastic should be stretched gently to retain smoothness in the covered areas. Staple it then to the furring strips. The purpose of the plastic is to prevent moisture from building up. This is to be applied prior to installation of the drywall.
It is important that before insulating the basement, the building code requirements should be checked to ensure that proper guidelines are followed. Take note also that foam insulation board is highly flammable so after its installation, the foam insulation boards should be covered with drywall or any type of wall panels.