Asked on Jan 10, 2019

Should you insulate your basement ceiling?

V SmithLifestyles HomesConnie

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Should you insulate your basement ceiling or does that cause a vapor barrier. ? Thanks

3 answers
  • Connie
    on Jan 10, 2019

    Ours was insulated using unfaced batts.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Jan 10, 2019

    What’s above the bathroom?

    • Lifestyles Homes
      on Jan 10, 2019

      I would insulate it. Paper-faced batts give one the ability to staple them to the joists. The paper is by no means a vapor barrier.

      If one has high-humidity and mold problems in the basement, put a dehumidifier in the basment with a 24/7 drain hose to either the floor drain or shower drain. Basement mold will get into the rest of the house.

  • V Smith
    on Jan 10, 2019

    It certainly will not harm anything if you insulate your cieling/floor. If you are going to use bats with a moisture barrier it should face the heated area. However, if your basement is a sealed space with some heat (like from a furnace) it won't matter that much. It may be your personal choice to have the paper/foil side facing the basement so you don't have exposed fiberglas.

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