Over 53 Million Sq. Ft. of Waterproofing, Air and Vapor Barriers Installed
1. Dow Styrofoam will reduce your utility costs. See the exterior foundation insulation page of our website for more information.
2. Dow Styrofoam Insulation is designed for below-grade applications. It will not compress, deteriorate or absorb moisture over time.
3. During the backfill process, Dow Styrofoam will protect the waterproof coating applied to your foundation.
4. Dow Styrofoam will reduce the potential for foundation cracks by absorbing the expansion and contraction of the ground during freeze/thaw cycles.
5. The basement of your new home is the least expensive square footage in your new home. A dry, insulated and warranted foundation can add considerable usable square footage and value to your home.
The Dow Perimate drainage board is a useful upgrade to the standard Styrofoam. Because the board drains water from grade to footer tile it can be used to reduce the amount of stone backfill. Deep foundations and areas with a high water table can also benefit from its drainage capabilities.
The payback can be a little as 5 years. See the exterior foundation insulation page of our website.
Most residential codes call for all foundations to be dampproofed. Waterproofing materials are designed to withstand higher water pressure and span larger cracks in the wall.
For more than 40 years, we have serviced every foundation with our "Call before 8 a.m. and we will service your foundation the same day" policy. The reason is simple: Time and Money! Until the foundation is sealed and inspected, the homebuilding process is at a standstill. A lot can happen when waiting 2 or 3 days for the walls to be sealed: rain, snow, cave-ins, etc. We seal and insulate the foundation as soon as they are ready so the contractor can call for inspection, install the footer stone, schedule backfill and continue the building process without delay.
When the interior only is insulated, the cold from the ground transfers through your foundation wall into your basement and causes condensation on the walls. This condensation is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Insulating the outside only, or the outside and inside is acceptable, but never the inside only. Avoid using fiberglass insulation in your basement. It has been our experience that it collects moisture.
It is always good practice to use a dehumidifier in your basement during the high humidity months, especially if you are not using your air conditioner.
There are certain types of shale that once exposed to air continually expand. If not properly sealed the continued expansion can heave basement floors and crack foundation walls, causing extensive damage. We have seen foundations and basement floors that needed to be completely replaced at considerable cost due to shale not sealed properly, and the inevitable shale expansion.
Exterior Foundation Insulation
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