3 Insulation Issues Commonly Experienced When Living In An Older Home

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Living in an older home can be a wonderful experience. These stately beauties often offer larger windows, higher ceilings, and additional features, such as large porches, pantries, and storage rooms. Many older homes, especially those in need of some updating, can be purchased very reasonably and often offer more square footage for the price than newer, more modern homes. A common problem with older homes, however, is a lack of adequate insulation. If you have recently purchased an older home, here are three common insulation issues you may be facing and how to solve them. 

Drafty seams from older or poor building techniques

Older homes were often constructed with lumber that can shrink or warp over time, unlike modern construction methods which typically use large sheets of engineered wall board for a more seamless surface. Many of the seams in an older home may have originally been caulked or plastered to seal them at the time of construction. Over time, these materials may have fallen out or the boards may have changed shape, causing seams to widen and allow drafts into the home.

If you plan to install new siding on the home, you may be able to apply an exterior insulating wrap beneath the new siding to solve this type of problem and make the home more comfortable. If there are no plans to re-side the exterior, homeowners may want to consider having these openings filled with an expanding foam insulation product to improve the efficiency of the home.  

Damaged or inadequate insulation

Another problem with the insulation in an older home is that it may have been damaged or become inefficient through settlement, damage from rodent activity, or water infiltration. Homeowners who have this problem in their older home will need to consider replacing damaged or inadequate insulation to bring their home's insulation R-value up to the level needed to make their home more efficient for the zone where it is located. 

Unevenly distributed insulation values after remodeling

Older homes that have been renovated or enlarged may suffer from unevenly distributed insulation. Homes with this type of problem often have rooms that feel uncomfortably warm or cold, depending on the season. By adding more insulation to areas where it may be lacking, homeowners can experience lower heating and cooling bills and a more comfortable home environment. 

To learn even more about solving insulation issues when living in an older home, homeowners can discuss their situation with an insulation technician in their area. These experts can recommend and utilize high-tech application methods, such as spray foam insulation, as well as other improved insulation products to help solve the unique problems an older home can present. 

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