Installing Insulation in Basement

Overview
The purpose of insulation is to keep your home cooler during the summer months and warmer during the winter months. One of the first steps in finishing a basement is the installation of insulation. It is only necessary to insulate the exterior walls since this is where the hot/cold air transfer occurs. You can use either fiberglass or Styrofoam insulation, depending on your needs.
Installing Fiberglass Insulation Between Studs

Step 1
Seal all basement exterior walls with concrete sealant. This will prevent moisture from reaching the insulation and causing mold to grow.
Step 2
Measure the distance between wall studs. Typical widths are 16-inches and 24-inches. Purchase insulation of the same width. The most common insulation is R-13 fiberglass insulation. The R-value refers to the quality of insulation; a higher R-value will insulate better than a lower one.
Step 3
Measure the height of your wall. Use a utility knife to cut a length of insulation to the height measurement.
Step 4
Gently press the insulation into the cavity of the wall between two studs. Be careful not to crush the insulation.
Step 5
Fold out the paper tabs and adhere them to the studs with a tack hammer and one-fourth inch staples.
Installing Styrofoam Insulation
Step 1
Purchase sheets of four-foot-by-eight-foot Styrofoam insulation, two inches thick.
Step 2
Measure the height of the basement wall. Use a utility knife to cut the insulation sheets to the height measurement.
Step 3
Spread construction adhesive onto the Styrofoam insulation. This will bond the Styrofoam to your wall.
Step 4
Position the Styrofoam insulation on the wall and firmly hold it in place for five minutes until the adhesive has begun to set.
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Concrete sealant

Fiberglass insulation

Tack hammer with 1/4-inch staples

Utility knife

Styrofoam insulation

Construction adhesive

Caulking gun

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Concrete sealant
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Fiberglass insulation
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Tack hammer with 1/4-inch staples
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Utility knife
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Styrofoam insulation
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Construction adhesive
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Caulking gun
tip
Sealing every exterior wall will improve your home's energy efficiency.
tips
Sealing every exterior wall will improve your home's energy efficiency.
warning
Wear proper protective equipment when working with tools and insulation.
warnings
Wear proper protective equipment when working with tools and insulation.
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Resources
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Basement Insulation Instructions
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Insulation
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Rigid Foam Insulation