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Insulating Your Basement Walls

Insulating basement walls can potentially decrease your home heating and cooling costs, and you can complete the project in a weekend. If your basement is “conditioned” (heated or cooled by a furnace or air conditioning unit), only the walls need to be insulated.

Insulation installed in traditional wall studs offers the greatest insulating power for your basement. For basement walls, use R-13 kraft or unfaced insulation in rolls or batts, or maximize your energy efficiency with R-15.

To make the job easier, use PINKPlus® FIBERGLAS® Insulation. Less itch, less dust, and no staples needed!

Kraft-Faced Insulation with Vapor Retarder

This type of insulation has a kraft paper layer attached. The attached facing layer helps control the amount of moisture vapor that passes through the insulation that could collect inside ceilings, exterior walls and floors. Kraft and foil facings are combustible and have to be covered with an approved interior finish (i.e., drywall).

Unfaced Insulation

Unfaced insulation has no foil- or paper-faced vapor retarder.

Rolls

Rolls are long strips of insulation rolled into bales. You measure the length you need and cut it off with a utility knife. Rolls are best for covering large open areas, like attics and floors.

Batts

Batts are pre-cut lengths of fiberglass insulation. Batts are available unfaced, or with aluminum foil or paper facing.

Measure the Area of your Basement Walls

To determine the size of the area you are insulating, follow these steps:

  1. Measure the height and the length of each of your basement walls. Don’t forget to measure the width of the space between the wall studs (this will be approximately 14.5"), so you’re sure which products to choose.
  2. Multiply the wall’s height by the wall’s length:

    Example:

    8 ft. High
    × 40 ft. Long
    = 320 sq. ft. of Basement Wall

The following products are recommended for use in basements:

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Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ in x 15 ¼ in x 93 in Fastbatts in Bag Insulation

R-13 Kraft-faced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 15 ¼ inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 118.19.
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  • Name: Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ in x 15 ¼ in x 93 in Fastbatts in Bag Insulation
  • SKU: 755372
  • Length: 93.000
  • Width: 15.250
  • Coverage (ft2): 118.19
  • Thickness: 3.500
  • R-Value: 13.00
  • Description:

    R-13 Kraft-faced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 15 ¼ inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 118.19.
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Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ in x 15 in x 93 in Batts in Bag Insulation

R-13 Kraft-faced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 106.56.
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  • Name: Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ in x 15 in x 93 in Batts in Bag Insulation
  • SKU: 536936
  • Length: 93.000
  • Width: 15.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 106.56
  • Thickness: 3.500
  • R-Value: 13.00
  • Description:

    R-13 Kraft-faced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 106.56.
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Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ in x 23 in x 93 in Batts in Bag Insulation

R-13 Kraft-faced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 23 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 148.54.
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  • Name: Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ in x 23 in x 93 in Batts in Bag Insulation
  • SKU: 585873
  • Length: 93.000
  • Width: 23.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 148.54
  • Thickness: 3.500
  • R-Value: 13.00
  • Description:

    R-13 Kraft-faced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 23 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 148.54.
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Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ x 15 in x 32 ft Continuous Roll Insulation

R-13 Kraft-faced Fiberglas Insulation 15 in Roll. Rolls are 32 feet long, 15 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick.
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  • Name: Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Kraft 3 ½ x 15 in x 32 ft Continuous Roll Insulation
  • SKU: 559352
  • Length: 384.000
  • Width: 15.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 40.00
  • Thickness: 3.500
  • R-Value: 13.00
  • Description:

    R-13 Kraft-faced Fiberglas Insulation 15 in Roll. Rolls are 32 feet long, 15 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick.
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Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Unfaced 3 ½ in x 15 in x 93 in Batts in Bag Insulation

R-13 Unfaced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 106.56.
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  • Name: Owens Corning EcoTouch™ R13 Unfaced 3 ½ in x 15 in x 93 in Batts in Bag Insulation
  • SKU: 570795
  • Length: 93.000
  • Width: 15.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 106.56
  • Thickness: 3.500
  • R-Value: 13.00
  • Description:

    R-13 Unfaced Insulated Batt. Batts are 93 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 3 ½ inches thick. Square feet = 106.56.
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FOAMULAR 150 2in Rigid Foam Insulation

FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 2 inches thick. R-10.
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  • Name: FOAMULAR 150 2in Rigid Foam Insulation
  • SKU: 364069
  • Length: 96.000
  • Width: 24.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 0
  • Thickness: 2.000
  • R-Value: 10.00
  • Description:

    FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 2 inches thick. R-10.
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FOAMULAR 150 1 1/2in Rigid Foam Insulation

FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 1 ½ inches thick. R-7.5.
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  • Name: FOAMULAR 150 1 1/2in Rigid Foam Insulation
  • SKU: 364055
  • Length: 96.000
  • Width: 24.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 0
  • Thickness: 1.500
  • R-Value: 7.50
  • Description:

    FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 1 ½ inches thick. R-7.5.
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FOAMULAR 150 1in Rigid Foam Insulation

FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 1 inch thick. R-5.
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  • Name: FOAMULAR 150 1in Rigid Foam Insulation
  • SKU: 364041
  • Length: 96.000
  • Width: 24.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 0
  • Thickness: 1.000
  • R-Value: 5.00
  • Description:

    FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 1 inch thick. R-5.
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F150 Foamular 1in Board

FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 48 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
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  • Name: F150 Foamular 1in Board
  • SKU: 409959
  • Length: 96.000
  • Width: 48.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 0
  • Thickness: 1.000
  • R-Value: 0.00
  • Description:

    FOAMULAR 150 Rigid Foam Insulation is a premium insulating panel. Boards are 96 inches long, 48 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
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InsulPINK® Foam Insulation Board

INSULPINK® Foam Insulation Board is designed to provide basement wall insulation without requiring the construction of 2x4 framing. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 1 ½ inches thick. R-7.5.
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  • Name: InsulPINK® Foam Insulation Board
  • SKU: 212711
  • Length: 96.000
  • Width: 24.000
  • Coverage (ft2): 0
  • Thickness: 1.500
  • R-Value: 7.50
  • Description:

    INSULPINK® Foam Insulation Board is designed to provide basement wall insulation without requiring the construction of 2x4 framing. Boards are 96 inches long, 24 inches wide and 1 ½ inches thick. R-7.5.
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Installation Tips

  • You may find it faster and easier to use pre-cut batts rather than continuous rolls. Each piece of insulation is manufactured to the size of the most typical framing, which is usually built either 16" or 24" on center, and about 92" high.
  • Caulk and seal around the band joist and all other penetrations, such as plumbing, electrical lines, cable lines, and HVAC and dryer vents to prevent air infiltration.
  • Make sure the insulation fits snugly against the studs and completely fills the cavity to the top and bottom plates. You’ll want to cut insulation to fit snugly around obstructions, such as electrical boxes, plumbing and plumbing vent lines.
  • Faced insulation should be placed between the studs, with the vapor retarder facing the interior of the room in heating climates. The flange on the facing can be stapled to the inside, or face of, the stud. Owens Corning PINKPlus® Insulation frictionfit design does not require stapling. When you need to cut your insulation:
    • Lay it on a board with the kraft or foil facing down.
    • Lay a straightedge over the area of insulation to be cut.
    • Press your straightedge down hard and cut with a utility knife.
    • Use the straightedge as a guide to cut a straight line.

Note: Kraft facing is flammable and cannot be left exposed. When using kraft-faced insulation, an interior finish material, such as drywall, should be installed as soon as the insulation is in place. Unfaced batts may be left exposed unless prohibited by local building codes.

Tips for Insulating Irregular Spaces

Compressing insulation reduces its R-value. So when you’re working around pipes, wiring, electrical boxes and heating ducts, the insulation must be gently fitted around them. There should be no gaps or spaces between insulation pieces. These are places where energy would be lost for the life of the house.