Basement & Crawl Spaces

Worker spraying insulation into crawl space.

Quality Workmanship: Creating Enjoyable Living Areas

Your basement and crawl space can significantly impact your home’s comfort, energy efficiency, and overall health. Properly insulating these home insulation areas can address these concerns and create a more enjoyable living environment. Above All Insulation is a leading provider of basement insulation services and crawl space insulation services in Winnipeg. We offer a variety of basement insulation services and crawl space solutions to meet your specific needs, ensuring your home is protected from our extreme Manitoba climate year-round.

Insulating Basements and Crawl Spaces

Worker spraying insulation into crawl space.

These two areas of your home offer some flexibility in terms of which insulation product to use. Depending on how the space will be used, your estimator can consider which combination of spray foam insulation or batting is most appropriate. Drafty joist header areas are usually sealed and insulated with polyurethane spray foam. We can provide guidance to how to most effectively frame the basement walls ahead of the insulation installation.

The techniques we use to insulate crawl spaces can overcome common problems such as dampness, freezing pipes, or cold floors in the living space above. The recommended R-factor for both basement insulation and crawl space insulation is R-24.

A common upgrade for many of our clients, including those in the The Efficiency Manitoba’s Rebate Program, is to vapour-barrier and insulate an unfinished basement.

This type of home insulation upgrade is a great way for a client to increase the energy efficiency of their home and reduce their monthly costs, as well as an opportunity to further develop a formerly under-utilized space.

Understanding Insulation Options

Insulation is measured by its R-value, and basement insulation is no different. Higher R-values mean greater insulation effectiveness, indicating its ability to resist heat flow. Here’s a closer look at popular basement insulation and crawl space insulation options:

  • Spray Foam Insulation: This offers superior insulation with a high R-value, excellent air sealing capabilities, and built-in moisture resistance. Spray foam comes in open-cell and closed-cell varieties. Open-cell foam is lighter and more affordable, but closed-cell foam provides a higher R-value and better moisture resistance, making it ideal for basements prone to moisture issues.
  • Rockwool Insulation: Also known as Roxul, rockwool insulation is fire-resistant, soundproof, and non-combustible. It’s a great choice for basements, where fire safety is a priority. Rockwool batts are easy to install between basement walls.
  • Fibreglass Batts: A cost-effective solution, fibreglass batts are suitable for some basement applications. However, they can absorb moisture and lose effectiveness in damp environments.
  • Rigid Foam Boards: These versatile boards are easy to cut and install, making them DIY-friendly. They offer good thermal resistance and are suitable for basement walls and floors. However, rigid foam boards may not be as effective at air sealing as spray foam insulation.

Moisture Control Matters

Proper moisture control is crucial in basements and crawl spaces to prevent mold growth, rot, and structural damage. For basement insulation and crawl spaces we take great care to seal around all of the fixtures, including electric outlets and dryer vents, as well as insulating the headers and the basement foundation walls to prevent heat loss and moisture. We install R28 worth of Roxul (rock wool) insulation to all of the walls and enclose it with a well sealed and detailed vapour barrier for a more energy efficient seal. All of these actions generate a reasonable monthly energy savings, while providing heat and moisture control. Here are some moisture control basement insulation and crawl space solutions we consider:

  • Vapour Barriers: A vapour barrier is a sheet material that helps prevent moisture from entering your basement or crawl space.
  • Crawl Space Encapsulation: This involves sealing the crawl space walls and floor with a vapour barrier to create a conditioned space.
  • Improved Drainage: Ensuring proper drainage around your home’s foundation can help prevent moisture from entering the basement.
  • Basement Waterproofing: If your basement walls are prone to leaks, waterproofing solutions can be applied to prevent moisture intrusion.
  • Sump Pumps: A sump pump can help remove water that accumulates in your basement.

The Efficiency Manitoba’s Rebate Program

An included bonus to our basement insulation services, we also help customers look into The Efficiency Manitoba’s Rebate Program to see if they qualify. We’ll even help with the paperwork! The Efficiency Manitoba’s Rebate Program offers financial assistance to homeowners for energy efficient home upgrades, including basement and crawl space insulation. You may be eligible for the program if your home is located in Winnipeg, your income meets certain requirements, and the insulation upgrades meet program standards. 

Why Choose Above All Insulation?

Above All Insulation is a trusted provider of basement insulation services and crawl space insulation services in Winnipeg. We have extensive basement insulation experience and a proven track record of high-quality installations. Our certified and insured technicians will ensure your basement or crawl space is properly insulated and moisture-controlled to improve your home’s comfort, energy efficiency, and health.

We offer free basement insulation and crawl space insulation consultations and estimates. Contact Above All Insulation today to learn more about our basement insulation services and crawl space insulation services. A warmer, drier, and more energy efficient home is within reach!