Lehigh Valley Insulation specializes in existing exterior wall re-insulation. We have perfected many methods of gaining access to this area, which involves minimal disturbance to the structure.
What Is Exterior Sidewall Insulation?
Fitting extra insulation into an older home is often not only a good idea, but necessary. Most older homes don’t have adequate insulation to fit modern times and comforts, but insulating also often involves a need for tearing down walls. Exterior sidewall insulation involves a less invasive approach to that need. To add insulation to any exterior wall, holes are drilled between the studs of the existing walls. Then, spray foam, cellulose, or another form of loose-fill insulation can be blown in to fill up the wall cavities. Finally, the holes must be plugged up and refinished to match the rest of the wall.
Can You Install Exterior Sidewall Insulation Yourself?
Normally it is not recommended that inexperienced individuals install insulation and that is even more true with an exterior installation process. Fumes, particles, and other debris from insulation can be toxic if the correct safety precautions aren’t taken and with exterior sidewall insulation installation, there are other factors to consider, such
as establishing climate zones and strategic placements, checks, and sealants. Adding insulation to the exterior of a home correctly starts with establishing what climate zone you are building in and how the existing wall is built to make sure you are not creating a condensation point at a dangerous place within the wall assembly or preventing internal moisture from the occasional leak in the exterior skin from running away, so the wall structure can dry out.
Walls need to be built to meet their specific climate needs. Often walls and structures shift and so do practices and standards of building them depending on their own climate. One example of this is putting interior vapor barriers on homes with aircon in hot humid regions, which simply should not be done if you want your house to last. Durable, healthy, and sustainable homes need careful research and planning – as changing one element without considering how this changes the dynamics of the building envelope is a potential recipe for disaster. This complicates the life of your average enthusiastic amateur home handyman and could lead to disastrous consequences. When installing insulation, only trust professionals. Lehigh Valley Insulation brings years of experience, a well-equipped team, and expertise to ensure your home will be in good hands with better insulation to last you many years to come.