What You Need to Know About Exterior Wall Insulation

20 Nov


The exterior walls of your home are those that directly separate the inside of your house from the outside. Because they are designed to protect you against the elements, they are usually insulated to help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Exterior wall insulation offers several benefits. First of all, it is important for maintaining energy efficiency in your home. Not having the right kind of insulation can cause inside air to leak outside and outside air to sneak inside. This effects your ability to control the temperature inside your home, which can be frustrating and also cause your utility bills to be higher because your air units have to work harder to compensate for the lack of energy efficiency.

Insulation can be installed without disrupting the interior of your home. Adding insulation is a process that takes place inside the exterior walls, so it in no way affects the size of your living space. If anything, insulation can improve the appearance of your home because it can also involve exterior techniques like filling cracks in bricks.

Filling your external walls with insulation is not a difficult talk and can be achieved pretty quickly. If your insulation materials are too long for the walls, you can cut them to retrofit properly and avoid doubling over or compressing. Use sharp, high-quality knives with straight edges because smooth cuts on insulation help it be more effective. Cut insulation about one inch bigger around the edges than it needs to be, so it will form solid seams.

Limit or control air leakage as much as possible by applying foam or caulk sealants to open spaces in your house like gaps in window frames, around your doors, and perforations where wires and pipes normally pass.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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