You own a business and a building. Or you’re a facilities coordinator or facilities manager tasked with monitoring and recommending building upgrades for the person who owns the business (or the building).
In cases like these, you’ll almost certainly ask yourself: Is it important to insulate your finished basement?
The answer to that question is short and sweet: Yes.
The reason the answer is “Yes” takes a little digging.
So let’s dig into that insulated basement!
Finished vs. Unfinished Basements
First of all, before we really dig deep, let’s provide a little overview for our blog readers who aren’t experts in the ins and outs of basements — or insulation for that matter. A finished basement a basement that has floors, ceilings, and walls like the rooms in the main part of the house.
That’s a bit vague, but it does the trick. You can inhabit a finished basement. You can work in a finished basement. If your business has a finished basement, it can be used just like any other part of the building.
An unfinished basement, however, is not suitable for habitation. It usually contains exposed beams, wiring, pipes, and more. It’s usually just a big room with exposed walls. It’s usually cold.
Many businesses use unfinished basements for storage and inventory. They’re not used for client and customer interactions.
If you’re thinking of turning that unfinished space into a finished space, then the next question you may ask is the one that started this whole discussion off in the first place.
Is it important to insulate your finished basement?
Insulating A Finished Basement
Most importantly for the purposes of this discussion: An unfinished basement is usually an uninsulated basement. A finished basement, on the other hand, should be insulated. Why go through all the trouble of finishing the space only to leave it cold, drafty and uncomfortable.
You want to utilize that great space beneath your business. So let’s get that space insulated!
You’ll want to make sure that you stay up to building code when considering insulating a finished basement. Another thing to consider: If your business is located in an older building, you’ll want to make sure you address any moisture problems in the basement itself.
A finished, insulated basement is not just warm and cozy in the winter and cool and cozy in the summer; it also helps stop air (and heat) from escaping. It also helps maintain air quality and prevents air infiltration — i.e., it helps prevent cold, moist air from getting in.
In other words, insulation helps set up a vapor barrier in your finished basement. There are, of course, additional benefits of open cell spray foam insulation. For one thing, it reduces the risk of rust and corrosion and — as mentioned above — improves indoor air quality
With Spray-On Foam, insulation costs can be mitigated over the long term. Spray foam insulation vs. fiberglass insulation offers a wide range of advantages, including energy efficiency and climate control, longevity, and condensation prevention.
It also eliminates nesting sources for rodents. Since spray foam insulation provides no food source of nesting materials, they’ll have to look elsewhere — i.e., away from your business. (Note: Although it’s not an inviting space for rodents, an insulated wall shouldn’t be used as a barrier for rodents.)
Or working space, as the case may be. Determining the best type of insulation for your basement wall insulation is a cinch when you partner with the insulation experts at Spray-On Foam and Coatings. We’ve been insulating exterior walls, concrete walls, foundation walls, grade, walls, and, of course, basement walls for almost 50 years.
Give us a call today to discuss options for insulating your business’ finished basement with spray polyurethane foam.