A crawl space is an often undervalued and overlooked part of a home. However, it becomes unusable when your crawl space has excess moisture or is infested with pests. More seriously, moisture in a crawl space can spell trouble for your health and the structural integrity of your home.
That's why Hale Built's encapsulation service provides solutions for issues that creep up from nowhere. New Jersey property owners have relied on Hale Built's expert contractors for cost-efficient and long-lasting solutions for basement and crawl space encapsulation projects.
Our technicians are certified and trained to help you with the best solution for your crawl space. Our thermal or moisture barrier insulation, drainage systems, and sump pumps ensure that all excess moisture is eliminated and your home stays dry throughout the year! So don't let a wet or infested crawl space ruin your quality of life.
It is an age-old debate - crawl space versus basement encapsulation. Both have pros and cons, but ultimately, you must choose the one that best meets your needs. Many argue that there is no difference between basements and crawl spaces, though Hale Built begs to differ. With encapsulation, we like to understand the distinctions and intricacies between each room's usage; this is no different for crawl spaces and basements when working on a home.
Crawl spaces provide some access to plumbing and wiring, saving time for those needing to work on them. However, the main disadvantage of this option is the potential for moisture damage since air from outside can quickly enter and condense within unsealed spaces. Crawl spaces are also mainly used for storage and are considered much less livable than basements, though they tend to be easier to heat and keep dry.
Basements are usually meant to be lived in, often insulated, and often hold rooms for laundry, furnaces & heaters, and storage. Encapsulation keeps moisture out and helps maintain a consistent temperature throughout the space. It also provides better insulation against outside noise and vibration, which can be crucial in some residential regions or businesses. Although additional projects such as waterproofing may be necessary when installing a basement encapsulation system, the most significant added benefit is improved energy efficiency and livable space in the long run.
Some other notable differences between the two include the size, purpose, flooring, and encapsulation cost. Basements are more prominent on average, with a height of 8ft, unlike the 3ft average height of a crawl space. Crawl spaces usually need to be completed and often left with a slab or dirt flooring. However, it usually costs much less to encapsulate than basements.
Keeping crawl spaces dry saves you money and protects your home. For example, suppose your crawl space is leaking or steadily damp, harboring uninvited vermin, developing mold or rot, or poor indoor air quality. In that case, encapsulation may be a good option. Crawl space encapsulation involves installing materials such as a crawl space vapor barrier on the floor and walls of crawl space areas and improving crawl space insulation cost-effectiveness. If done correctly, crawl space encapsulation is a practical step in preserving your crawlspace from further water damage by creating a high-grade seal between the soil and crawlspace air.
Encapsulation can sometimes be seen as an optional method of foundation maintenance or repair, yet many may need to learn the lurking danger that comes with ignoring a moist, infested, or rotting crawl space. When a crawl space is exposed to various deteriorative states for an extended period, your home and family may be at risk of structural or life-threatening damage. Luckily, Hale Built's experts can identify the root of your crawl space issue and create a unique plan to keep it dry and safe.
Please continue reading to learn more about Hale Built's Encapsulation services offered to the state of New Jersey!
The coastal areas of New Jersey have distinct geological conditions that make crawl space repair one of Hale Built's specialties. For example, many South-Atlantic homes don't have basements; instead, crawl spaces provide the invaluable storage area that homes often require.
As house raisers, we have gained an expert understanding of the geological and environmental nuances that compromise crawl spaces and foundations. Hale Built Group proudly offers crawl space encapsulation and waterproofing as a natural complement to our core services. Some of the waterproofing and encapsulation services that we offer include the following:
These systems help achieve a sealed crawl space that benefits your entire home -- from the foundation to between walls and attics. That's why it's worth investing time in researching which crawl space encapsulation system best suits your needs, budget, and home!
Call us today to discuss options for waterproofing and encapsulating your crawl space.
Crawl space and basement encapsulation are ideal for protecting your home against moisture, mold, and potential allergens. This comprehensive process can help maintain a healthy living environment in your home and avoid future costly repairs. But, first, our experienced contractors will inspect the area for any existing damage or damages that are likely to occur in the future due to external factors like temperature, water infiltration, etc.
Once we have identified any hazards and completed necessary repairs, we will use insulation materials specific to your region to line the walls of your crawl space or basement. We'll also install a heavy-duty vapor barrier to help keep humidity out of your home and create an airtight seal along all seams and edges. This includes all surfaces, which may involve the need to cover or redirect crawl space vents to accommodate an encapsulation. Finally, our team will double-check every inch of work to ensure everything looks fantastic!
A vapor barrier is a material that resists diffusion and is used when lining a room to prevent moisture and pests from entering the crawl space. In addition, this barrier helps to keep the crawl space air clean, dry, and climate-controlled, no matter the season. Naturally, vapor barriers are made of vapor-retardant materials such as aluminum foil, vapor-retardant paint, sheets of glass, metal or plywood, metalized film, and more.
The thin membrane of a vapor barrier acts as a shield against moisture, keeping it away from the insulated area. In colder climates, one should place the vapor barrier against the interior wall surface to prevent the walls from becoming damp. In comparison, it must be installed on the exterior wall surface in warmer temperatures as a defense against condensation. Installing efficient and reliable vapor barriers requires expertise – professional contractors like ours have the know-how and experience to know when, where, and how to install them, ensuring that your building remains safe and secure for many years.
Encapsulation has several advantages, one of which is that it will not only keep pests out of your crawl space but also minimize the amount of moisture in the air, encouraging bacterial and mold growth. One encapsulation job can make any crawl space livable, adding more usable storage space and increasing the value of a home.
Another plus is that as an encapsulated crawl space becomes airtight, the air becomes climate controlled, making it easier to warm and cool your home in the winter and summer, respectively. As your home's HVAC system needs to work less to change the air temp of an airtight climate-controlled crawl space, your entire home's temperature control may effectively increase, therefore saving more energy and money. Last, the air being pushed through your home will have little to no bacteria or pollutants, giving you cleaner, healthier air to breathe.
Although encapsulation has a lot of benefits, there are certain disadvantages to consider. An unsurprising con is the project's cost, which can become more expensive as time progresses. Wiring or plumbing running through a crawl space can be one such cost. In addition, the cost of rerouting or removing utilities can add up if changes are required before construction continues on the crawl space.
While rerouting utilities, another possible issue is the potential rerouting of a home's HVAC (heating, ventilation, & air conditioning) system. Depending on the HVAC systems installation and routing through your home, the air circulation may be less efficient with a sealed-off crawl space. If you experience a decrease in your home air conditioning, upgrading your system would be the most logical, though potentially pricier, solution.
When looking at the cost of crawl space encapsulation, it's best to first think about cost per square foot, as prices may vary depending on the encapsulation job's size, scope, and location. When considering the average crawl space encapsulation cost per square foot, factors such as surface area should also be considered when researching to get the most accurate estimate. The per-square-foot rate depends on factors like the surface area of your property, climate, and material choices, such as spray foam insulation. Since spray foam insulation is often thought to provide the most effective coverage for crawl space encapsulation, costs are usually higher than other methods.
As for ballpark estimates, the average encapsulation price in the U.S. is around $5,000. The minimum price starts at about $1,500 and can exceed $30,000 at the higher end of the spectrum. These costs only factor in the encapsulation's cost and do not factor in any additional charges that may come after installation. To better understand what other factors increase and decrease encapsulation costs, we recommend speaking with a trusted contractor and doing thorough research on local cost averages.
Are you concerned about your crawl space's moisture levels? Is your foundation showing signs of decay and infestation? Are you looking for a way to improve your home's energy efficiency? Is a sump pump system simply not enough for your sublevel?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then it's time to call Hale Built. Our crawl space encapsulation services provide a professional and stress-free solution for anyone looking to improve their home's crawl space. Our team of trained professionals ensures that your crawl space encapsulation significantly reduces moisture levels and foundation decay, decreases energy costs, and improves your home's air quality.
Call Hale Built today, and let us help you create a dry, comfortable, and energy-efficient home!