Does your house feel too small for you and your family? You don’t necessarily have to pack up and move. You can add an entirely new room, or more! Adding new space to your home is a great way to both increase living space and value, or gain additional storage space, while not having to let go of the house where you and your family have made many wonderful memories. But keep in mind, whenever you’re adding new space to your house, there’s one big thing you mustn’t overlook: adding insulation for your home’s new addition.
Adding insulation: what is insulation?
Have you ever stepped into a room that somehow feels colder than the rest of the house, even if all the windows are closed? Well, that may be because that room isn’t properly insulated, which means cold air from the outside can seep through the cracks and affect room temperature.
Insulation comes in three main types of material, fiberglass, cellulose, and foam. There are several different ways insulation can be added to your home, either in a blown-in or loose fill form, in batts that are cut to fit between joists and studs, or as foam boards that are placed in a similar manner.
Adding insulation helps regulate the temperature inside, make the room more pleasant to sit in, and require less energy to keep it warm or cool. It’s important that when you’re adding new space to your home (or several), you also speak to your contractor about insulating it right then and there. This way, you can avoid high energy bills altogether.
Adding insulation: what kind of insulation does your addition need?
This one’s tricky, because it depends on several different factors. First, it’s about where the addition will be. Adding insulation to an exterior wall need to ensure the temperature in the addition doesn’t affect your entire home. Any walls that are being opened may require updated or additional insulation as well.
For the attic or basement, however, other types of insulation are needed. The contractor who built the additional space can help you figure out which type of insulation you need.
Final considerations when adding insulation for your home’s new addition
It’s important to consider if your existing heating/cooling system will reach the new addition, and how ducts may need to be added or modified to reach it. Insulating is a cost-effective way to ensure your new addition to your house is both comfortable and doesn’t consume too much energy.
Get in touch with Dash Builders for your house additions project. We can help you make the best decision for you and your family, from the initial concept of your addition through to the final touches of the project. Contact us through our website’s form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 204.509.7574 today!