Insulating a Basement Ceiling

Wires and pipes that line a basement ceiling can make installing insulation difficult. Take these precautions to get the job done without disruption.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Basement ceiling insulation is one of the simplest additions you can make to increase energy efficiency and make the temperature more comfortable. But, unlike insulation in walls, a basement ceiling is often lined with pipes, wires and interconnected beams that will make insulating a ceiling a bit trickier. Insulation will have to be weaved around and behind the various pipes and wires, and then stapled into place.

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It is important to note that most experts agree ceiling insulation is only a consideration when a basement will remain unfinished. If the basement will be a finished living space, then wall insulation will provide sufficient coverage.

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