05:41PM | 01/09/00
Member Since: 01/08/00
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Hi, we are planning on finishing the basement of our new house and are wondering if it is really necessary to insulate to poured concrete walls. We wonder if the cost of the insulation product would not be higher than the potential savings we could make on our energy bill. Assuming you would recommend to insulate the walls, what product would you recommend. We are new in the country and have not experience. Thank you for your help. Best regards

The Insulator

10:40AM | 01/26/00
Member Since: 01/25/00
14 lifetime posts
Poured concrete provides a nice leak barrier, it has vitually no insulation value. That being the case, any heat in the basement will be conducted into the ground.
Another factor is condensation. If you in a cold climate, your ground temperature may be in the 50's. Without insulation, the concrete walls would be dehumidifying your house.
When you insulate, do it as air-tight as possible. Most moister problems are caused by air movement to a cold surface.


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