Insulating a Brick Veneer Home
A brick veneer home is just one type of home construction that can be found around the country. This is different from a regular brick building as there is still is wooden frame construction underneath. When there is a brick veneer on the home insulating it can be a little bit tricky. However, with a few tips, some tools, and paying special attention to details, you can do it without any problems.
Step 1: Determine Your Insulation Method
Depending on how you will be accessing the interior section of your wall, it will determine what type of insulation method that you will be able to use. Rolled insulation is used by going through the interior of your home and removing the drywall. A cavity fill, or blown, insulation is done from the outside of the house.
Step 2: Expose Inner Studs
When using rolled insulation you need to have access to the inner wall studs. This means removing the drywall, or other wall covering that might be in use.
Step 3: Measure Height of Wall
You are only concerned with the height of the wall that you are going to insulate. If the studs have been erected correctly they will on 16-inch center widths, which is the width of most insulation rolls. Start that the bottom of the wall and measure to the top.
Step 4: Cut Insulation to Fit
Unroll a length of insulation and cut it at the height that is necessary. Use a utility knife to make a few cuts in the insulation and then swipe it across the paper backing. You should have a clean cut.
Step 5: Install Rolled Insulation
Since the brick veneer home has a wood construction, installing the rolled insulation is as simple as using a stapler. Pull out the small tabs on either side of the insulation and stand it up in the wall cavity between the studs. Staple the tabs into the studs every 6 to 8 inches. Repeat this process with each of the remaining studs until the area is insulated.
Step 6: Drill Hole in Exterior
If you have determined to use the cavity fill type of insulation, you will need to drill access holes on the outside of the wall. You can do this near the roof for ease in patching.
Step 7: Pump in Insulation
You may use either polystyrene fill or small foam balls as the blown in insulation. Whichever one you choose to use, will need to be pumped in with the use of a compressor. Hook the air line up to the insulation line and start blowing it into the hole in the wall until it is full.
Step 8: Repeat Process
Continue blowing in the insulation until all of the exterior walls are full of the insulation.
Step 9: Fill in Holes
After you have all of the insulation blown into the walls you can then fill in the holes with mortar or small pieces of brick veneer. Fill in the patches with the mortar and let it set overnight. Paint it to match the veneer.