Archives: Basements

How To Insulate A Concrete Floor

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Foundations, Insulation

Insulating Concrete Floors If you live in a cold climate then you’re no stranger to cold concrete floors in the winter. If you’re planning on finishing a basement or portion of your home that has a concrete floor then it may be a good idea to insulate it before installing basement flooring. Concrete floors are…

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Insulate Under Stairs

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Insulation

Insulate The Bottom Side Of Stairs Effectively insulating a house isn’t rocket science but there are a few areas that folks forget to account for which can result in quite a large amount of heat loss.  Some areas that get overlooked include; insulating attic stairs and properly insulating basement walls. The other are that is…

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Basement Insulation | Spray Foam Installation Video

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Insulation

Insulating Basement Walls with Spray Foam We’ve written quite a bit of content on how to insulate basement walls. Most of our content features the use of foam board products which offer DIY’ers the best basement insulation solution at an affordable price. However, the Cadilac of basement insulation solutions is using spray foam. If you…

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What You Should Know When Remodeling Your Basement

By Todd Fratzel on Basements

Guest post written by Adrienne Carlson who writes for Construction Management Degrees. Remodeling Basements Basements are at the bottom rung of a house, but when done up the right way, they are more than just basements; rather, they become rooms that the entire family wants to hang out it. When people remodel their basements, they…

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Insulating A Finished Basement

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Insulation

Insulating Basement Walls Insulating basement walls properly is extremely important if you want to enjoy your finished basement investment. Every year thousands of basements are finished with poor insulation details that lead to mold, mildew and moisture problems that render the newly finished space un-usable. One of the most popular topics on this site has…

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Insulating Basement Walls

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Insulation

Best Methods For Insulating Basement Walls I’ve written several articles on insulating basement walls and evolved some of my methods over time. Basements provide for a very challenging insulation problem. Basements are a challenge because of high moisture levels and cooler temperatures. In this article I’d like to summarize some of my experience with insulating…

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How To Fix Wet Basements

By Todd Fratzel on Basements

Fixing Wet Basements It seems that everyone wants a finished basement these days and it’s pretty obvious why. Basements offer valuable square footage to a homes living space if it’s dry and inhabitable. However, many basements are prone to poor ventilation and drainage and even standing water during wet weather. Fixing wet basements can be…

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Finished Basement | Bedroom Egress Requirements

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Design

Basement Egress Egress for buildings is defined as a means of escape and rescue. All building codes address a means of egress as part of life safety measures meant to protect occupants in case of emergencies like a fire. The International Residential Code (IRC) requires: Emergency escape and rescue required. Basements with habitable space and…

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