As a New Jersey Remodeling Contractor located in Bergen County NJ, the call for more energy efficient building codes and regulations has arrived. Building departments throughout are enforcing state and government regulations for more energy efficient homes, both new and old construction.
With many new codes in place, your remodeling project must be built accordingly in order to conform to these energy codes. One great energy saving tip is to increase the R rating for your new wall construction. There are a few ways to achieve a higher wall R rating. What is an R rating? The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance used in the building and construction industry.
As a NJ Home Improvement Contractor specializing in Add a Levels and NJ Home Additions, one easy way to achieve a higher R rating in your remodeling project is to use 2×6 wall studs. Using 2×6 wall studs gives you approximately 5.6 inches of area depth to insert insulation. This cavity can accept a minimum of R-19 insulation. With another application mentioned ahead, you can actually make this cavity into an R-25 Rating. Achieving a higher R-rating will help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
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Using 2×6 framing as opposed to 2×4 framing obviously will be more costly. You will be paying for the difference between a 2×4 and a 2×6. Another cost difference will be between the standard R-13 2×4 wall insulation and R-19 2×6 wall insulation. Many times, the extra costs incurred for the upgrades will be made back in savings from your energy expenses within 2 years for entire homes or less for add a levels and home additions.
If you decided on keeping the standard 2×4 framing there are insulation packages that you can apply to increase your R-Rating as well. Many local ordinances and codes require a minimum R-13 wall or batt insulation. If you would like to upgrade, you can also get a high density R-15 batt insulation. For those that really want to maximize the R rating for your NJ Remodeling project, you can have a professional insulation installer apply a foam application as well as a standard batt insulation combination. With a 2×4 wall, you can install up to 1″ of foam insulation application along with a maximum of an R-13 batt insulation. The 1″ of foam has a rating of 6 so combined you can reach an R rating of R-19 inside of a 2×4 wall stud.
For a 2×6 wall stud, you can apply the same principle to gain a higher R rating. Either way, any of the methods mentioned above will help you keep your home insulated properly. If you have any questions regarding your NJ Remodeling Contractor or home improvement project, contact Pangione Developers at 201-774-3733.
Mr. David Pangione
Note: All this information is 100% original. Every word is spoken from experience of being a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for over 30 years.