What is encapsulated insulation you ask? Encapsulated insulation is fiberglass insulation that comes wrapped in a polyethylene vapor retarder.
When insulating your crawlspace, you have several options. In our 20 years of service here on the Jersey Shore, we have found encapsulated insulation to be one of the best when it comes to insulating your crawlspace, basement, or attic.
What is R-Value, or Retention Value?
Retention, or commonly referred to as “R-Value”, is the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the greater the insulating power.
The Importance of Insulating Your Crawlspace Right the First Time
Being a homeowner at the Jersey Shore possesses certain challenges with the inherently moist environment of crawlspaces and basements. When it comes to insulating, it’s imperative to make sure that key factors be evaluated and addressed with an insulation installation.
- That the exposed wood structure be analyzed and treat any presence of wood destroying organisms (mold, mildew, termites, wood boring beetles, etc.).
- That encapsulation components be in place such as vapor barrier, dehumidifiers, and other measures, be in place prior to installation to ensure that your crawlspace is free of excessive humidity and moisture conditions.
Prior to any insulation installation with Jersey Shore Crawlspace Enhancement, our technicians analyze the wood structure to ensure that the new insulation will not cover any existing issues such as structural damage, wood rot, etc. This gives our team the opportunity to check for mold, mildew, termites, and other wood destroying organisms and address them accordingly. By doing this, we can ensure that your home will be clean, dry, and protected following our installation.
Benefits of Encapsulated Insulation
- Improves indoor air quality
- Saves you money on utility bills
- Provides a comfortable home
Kraft (Open Faced Insulation) Is Not Recommended
With Kraft, or open faced insulation, you run the risk of losing your insulation investment in your home. This type of insulation can retain moisture and promote conditions where mold can grow. This is dangerous to the nearby wooden structure of your home. Since this type of insulation can retain moisture, it can reduce Retention Value over time.
Prior to insulating, we provide a 22-point comprehensive evaluation to see if you have any issues relating to your indoor air quality. This is to ensure you and your family’s health isn’t being affected by this issue. We check for problems with your previous insulation such as rips in the material, falling pieces, moisture on the insulation, and other issues. It is imperative to ensure your insulation is up to date, so contact us to book an evaluation!