Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
Crawl spaces are part and parcel of living in an established home in Denver, CO. That said, residents don’t always know how to keep these spaces safe. Insulating or encapsulating your crawl space does more than just protect the belongings you have stored there. Both processes work to make your home more secure and eliminate excess flooding.
That said, what’s the difference between insulation and encapsulation? A few letters, sure, but if the processes have the same result, should they be considered different?
In short, yes. If you’re trying to understand what the differences are between these two processes, we can help. Whether you choose to stack these processes while securing your crawl space or merely go with one, it’ll be better to know what you’re getting into before you start.
Insulation works to keep your crawl space warm and protected from excess precipitation. However, if you’ve never had a crawl space before, you may not realize you need that extra layer of protection. It’s not until you’ve crawled into a freezing cold space that it may occur to you, “This would be much nicer if it was warm!”
There’s more need for insulation than just a more comfortable crawl space. If you don’t insulate these spaces, you could find yourself paying more for your heat and A/C over the course of a year. Uninsulated crawl spaces let the air escape from your home. If you leave these spaces insulation-free, then you’re heating – or cooling – your lawn as well as your home.
Insulation prevents the escape of air by creating a barrier between the outdoors and the indoors. Whether it’s spray foam or something more traditional, insulation will protect your pipes, reduce air leakage, and keep moisture from gathering around the foundation of your home. That lack of moisture will then kill any mold that may have been thriving, making your home healthier to live in.
With all the benefits out of the way, what does the process of insulating your home look like? Generally speaking, contractors will take the following steps to better secure your crawl spaces.
From insulation, we move to encapsulation. The process of encapsulating a crawl space is fairly similar to insulating a crawl space. However, encapsulation is ideal for crawl spaces that have to endure more precipitation than most. If your crawl space has fallen victim to Denver, CO, snow melt before, then you may prefer encapsulation over insulation.
The process of encapsulating your crawl space typically goes as follows:
With the different processes and purposes in mind, which of these two crawl space cleanliness solutions should you work with? That depends entirely on your needs.
The pros of insulating your crawl space include:
Comparatively, the pros of encapsulating your crawl space include:
That said, neither process is perfect. To encapsulate your crawl space, you’re going to have to undertake many of the same steps you’d need to if you decided to insulate the space. Both processes typically take a day or two, depending on the size of your crawl space, but their costs will vary based on the protective lengths you want to go to.
With that in mind, consider your crawl space with care. Above all else, though, don’t let dampness, cooler temperatures, or Denver’s snowy precipitation keep you from using the space that’s come with your home.