How Does Crawlspace Encapsulation Increase Home Value?
Chances are good that there’s a crawlspace under your home if you live in or around Fayetteville, GA. More functional than a simple slab foundation, they provide space for household utilities such as plumbing, electrical conduits, and HVAC systems. Unfortunately, a bare-bones crawlspace can cost you money in the long run. Learn how crawlspace encapsulation helps to ensure your home-sweet-home increases in value.
Safeguard Your Property from Structural Damage
With its humid subtropical climate, the local metropolitan area gets more than its share of moisture. Without proper protection, water from the approximately 50 inches of rain we get each year seeps into crawlspaces. Here are a few signs that indicate moisture is damaging your home and lowering its value.
- Persistently high humidity levels indoors
- Condensation on utility lines in the crawlspace
- Rot in floor joists and other wooden framing
- Buckling hardwood flooring
- Insect and rodent infestations
- Poor indoor air quality
Insulation Vs. Encapsulation
Adding insulation to the floor between the crawlspace and your home helps keep you warm during the winter. It does little, however, to protect your structure from damage. The best approach is to seal the walls, flooring, and foundation piers with an impenetrable polyethylene vapor barrier. Once sealed tight, a combination of foam insulation board and expanding spray foam gets applied to lock out moisture.
A Cost-Effective Home Improvement
Protecting your property from structural damage is one of the best ways to ensure your home continues to increase in value. Crawlspace encapsulation not only raises the resale price of your home but also saves you money for as long as you live in it. Studies have shown that home insulation improvements like crawlspace encapsulation can lower heating and cooling expenses by up to 20%.
At Trinity Air Inc., we’re proud to provide services that increase the value of homes in the local area. For more information, explore our crawlspace encapsulation section or call us today.
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