Spray Foam Insulation

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Basements - a very unique problem

The most important thing about finishing your basement is to insure that it's insulated properly, or you are just going to create the perfect environment for mould and mildew to thrive. Exposure to mould and mildew can lead to health problems - not the kind of thing you want your family exposed to.

Once you finish your basement warm air from inside your nice new drywall will come into contact with the foundation walls behind the batt insulation. Warm air holds moisture, and this moisture will condensate it comes into contact with the cold exterior concrete wall. This moisture will collect in your insulation or just freeze as ice on the wall. On a nice day the concrete will warm and the ice will melt and pool on the floor or it will saturate the insulation.

The best way to insulate a basement

What you need is a system that prevents warm air from coming in contact with the cold concrete wall. Think of a cooler, on a picnic in the middle of a hot summer day, that white Styrofoam insulation keeps everything cold inside, with no condensation on the outside, now open the cooler and pull out a cold beer and in no time moisture starts to form on the bottle. Glass, Metal, Concrete, these products that are highly conductive and if certain conditions are met will have moisture build up on their surface.

The goal with basement walls is to use a product that will 100% separate the cold concrete from the warm living space.
Spray Foam the best possible insulation material for this unique area. Closed cell spray foam is perfect for locking out moisture laden air that inherently wants to migrate from your basement living space to behind your wall where it will do it's damage.

The left picture is a basement wall through a infrared heatloss camera. The rectangular dark area on the wall is a small section done with closed cell spray foam, it shows no heatloss. The right picture shows heatloss through a basement wall insulated with fiberglass.

Spray foam is effective overall at creating that complete thermal break in the basement concrete envelope. It covers everything so there's no possibility of cold spots, voids or settling. There is no air movement between outside and inside, so there's no possibility of condensation and, since it's inorganic it won't allow for mould growth.

These two pictures show basement walls insulated with closed cell foam by Red River Spray-On Ltd. There is now a complete thermal break between the cold concrete wall and the heated living space eliminating any risk of condensation.

There are two basic types of spray foam insulation: Open Cell and Closed Cell.
Open cell is softer and lighter and incorporates air for the insulator. It's less costly than Closed cell, but it has half the Rvalue when compared with closed cell foam. Open cell foam will also retain moisture if it gets wet which in a basement is definitely something you want to stay away from. Open cell foam will require the use a separate poly vapour barrier-just like batt insulation. At Red River Spray-On Ltd. we do not spray open cell foam.

Closed Cell is dense and rigid and will not retain moisture. "I'm a huge fan of closed cell spray foam insulation. The best of all insulations on the market is closed cell foam. It wins on all counts-energy efficiency, indoor air quality and environmentally. At 2 inches it's also its own vapour barrier (though you should check with local municipalities. Some inspectors still want to insist on vapour barrier, though they shouldn't.)" - Mike Holmes

In some foams CFCs are used in production and they off-gas for a time after application. All CCMC - Canadian Construction Material Center (the Canadian regulatory agency) approved spray foam insulation is required to be a formaldehyde-free formula that emits no volatile organic compounds and uses a zero-ozone-depleting blowing agent technology. Red River Spray-On uses only CCMC approved foams.

Manitoba hydro basement rebate and loan

Manitoba hydro has a rebate of $0.72 a square foot. Payment comes either as a cheque in the mail or a credit on your hydro bill - you choose. We do all the nessary paperwork for you at no cost.

MB Hydro rebate

Manitoba hydro has a rebate of $0.72 a square foot. Payment comes either as a cheque in the mail or a credit on your hydro bill - you choose. We do all the necessary paperwork at no cost.

- a minimum of 100 sq. ft. must be insulated.
- insulate to R-24 (4 inches).
- only uninsulated walls are eligible.
- projects to replace existing insulation are not eligible.

MB Hydro Power Smart loan

- Borrow up to $7,500 per residence.
- The maximum term is 5 years for all energy efficiency upgrades and 15 years for the purchase of a high efficiency natural gas furnace.
- Annual interest rate is fixed at 3.9 per cent (O.A.C.) for the first 5 years.
- Monthly installments will be included on your energy bill.
- Applicant must be a Manitoba Hydro customer and the owner of the home in which energy improvements are to take place.
- Upgrades must be made to levels recommended by Manitoba Hydro.


Your home qualifies if:

- you are the homeowner and the home has an active Manitoba Hydro account.
- it is detached, semi-detached, or a mobile/modular home on a permanent foundation with a permanent water supply, and intended as a residence
- is your principal residence or your tenant's principal residence.

Projects that are not eligible for this program include:

-homes under construction, unoccupied homes, apartment buildings, summer homes or cottages, attached garages, outbuildings, or homes built 1999 or later.
- projects already in progress or those that have been completed at the time Manitoba Hydro receives the project application; projects to replace existing insulation.
-in instances where a contractor/retailer has previously failed to satisfy customer requirements under the program, Manitoba Hydro reserves the right to refuse a customer's application.

Lets figure out your rebate and loan payments

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Keep in mind this will only work for full basement projects. If your project is a partical basement then you will need to know the square footage of the area you want sprayed.
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