Ground level floors may get too cold in the winter if the spaces beneath them are cold. Existing insulation (if there is any) is often inadequate or improperly installed beneath the floor boards. Floor surfaces cool as the heat they contain is literally sucked away. Drafts cool floors, too.
As heated air escapes from the upper levels of your home, cold air is drawn in through cracks around lower level windows and doors, from below the floor, and from outdoors. The cold air is heavier than warm air, so it tends to hug the floor and cool its surface.
Insulating the floors in your home will reduce drafts and help you save each year on energy costs! Bolster-DeHart, Inc. is your local home insulation company, providing our professional floor insulation services to local homeowners throughout Greater Pittsburgh. Contact us today to get started on living comfortably at home!
Bolster-DeHart, Inc. doesn't rely on one insulation product to solve all the energy loss problems associated within the home. Instead, we tailor our solutions to your home and the way it was built. Anyone who tells you that one type of insulation can solve all of your problems is probably someone who is only equipped to install only that type of insulation. At Bolster-DeHart, Inc., we have the training and the specialized equipment to install various types of insulation from cellulose (including dense-pack techniques), fiberglass, mineral wool, rigid foam board, and more.
Floors over garages are almost always cold but with our dense-pack cellulose insulation, that's a thing of the past.
When possible, convert the space below your floor to a conditioned (warm) space. For example, by insulating basement or crawlspace walls with the proper insulating material, those spaces will become much warmer and so will the floors above them. See basement insulation and crawlspace insulation for more information.
When it's not possible to insulate the walls of your basement or crawlspace, ask us about insulating the joist bays (spaces between joists) under the floor. We have various types of insulation materials that can do the job, including rigid foam.
Our installers will pay special attention to critical areas, such as perimeter rim joists - a notorious source of air leakage.
Whichever option you choose, it should be accompanied by a thorough air-sealing of your home. Air sealing reduces the stack effect that is continually trying to expel air through small openings all throughout the upper reaches of your home, while it pulls in air through gaps around the lower levels of your home. See air sealing for more information about this Bolster-DeHart, Inc. service.
Ground level floors aren't the only ones that can get cold. Rooms built above garages are notorious for having cold floors due to lack of insulation and so is any floor that's cantilevered (overhangs the foundation perimeter).
balconies, bow and bay windows, and bump-outs are all examples of cantilevered spaces. Their floors are especially prone to air leaks because of ill-fitting soffits (boards used to seal under the overhang) combined with direct exposure to wind. Bolster-DeHart, Inc. has detailed solutions for each and every situation.
We will specify the most appropriate insulation solution based upon you home's construction and your budget.
Start saving energy and money today with an insulation upgrade. Call 1-855-262-8724 or contact us online for an insulation estimate or a home energy audit in Butler, Pittsburgh, Washington and nearby!