Whether you want a better home temperature or additional structure strength, you might have already been thinking about installing rigid insulation boards. Though getting insulation contractors can wreck your budget, doing it yourself can be the best solution.
Actually, you can make your very own house insulation comparable to the works of insulation contractors. If you have the materials handy, start now and check how you can install your insulation boards.
- Prepare the walls. The very first thing you need to give extra attention is the moisture problems in the wall where you will be installing the insulation panels. To help you with this, it can require just as simple as a waterproof paint to as serious as a help from an expert.
- Install furring strips. The ideal measurement for furring strips is two inches by two inches. Fasten the strips to the wall, with a 16-inch distance each. The furring strips will be helpful in fastening insulation panels easily.
- Place gypsum boards. In terms of fire safety, it is required that you place a half-inch gypsum board to the wood furring strips. Though foam heat insulation boards are not that easy to catch fire, when in cases they are ignited, they can give off smoke containing a lot of toxic gases. The gypsum board will act as the fire barrier of the heat insulation system. However, there are kinds of foam insulation panels that do not require fire barriers like the metal-faced and laminated foam boards.
- Even out furring irregularities. With the use of a shim, you can easily smoothen equally the wall surfaces.
- Measure the size of the foam insulation. Get the exact size of the furring surfaces and make sure that the foam you will be cutting will fit exactly on these surfaces. A utility knife or a saw is one great tool that can be of help.
- Install the foam insulation boards. Once everything is cut, install the foams in the furring surfaces. Ensure that there will be little or no spaces between the strips. If there is, make sure to either tape or caulk it.
- Install a vapor barrier. Place a heavy plastic on top of the insulation boards to serve as a vapor barrier. Staple it on the top but not on the furring strips. The wall you will be installing afterwards will be the one to hold this vapor barrier in place.
- Attach the wall. Finally, to cover the house insulation that you just did, you need to re-install the exterior wall.
Now, you are finished with insulating your very own house. However, be extra careful that different parts of the house will need different kinds of installation details. For example, when you install heat insulation in the roof, it will require you additional materials like tar or rubberized paint to block ultraviolet rays from the sun. This is because, in time, the rays can damage the insulation system you have installed.
Also, you need to be really careful in installing the insulation to come up with positive and effective results. In cases when you are not sure what to do, it is better to seek help from professionals. In the end, rigid insulation boards will be of great help to you.