In the old days – the really old days – homes were constructed out of brick and mortar. These homes – usually built around the turn of two centuries ago – weren’t built with insulation in mind. Builders hoped that the mortar would stay intact and a good fire hearth would keep families warm. Well, cut to the current time – it is a world of not only modern insulation, but also modern building techniques and modern heating systems. This means that you can still salvage the beauty of living in an old brick home without feeling like you need to stay at your relative’s house during the winter. Here are five older brick home insulation tips.
- Create an insulating barrier. Many brick homeowners don’t want to sacrifice the look and feel of their brick home, so they don’t even attempt to insulate the brick. However, this can make your brick home inefficient and uncomfortable to spend time in during the winter – and even the summer. So, you may want to think about building an insulating barrier between the exterior and interior of your brick home. You can still preserve the brick exterior, but enjoy some of the more modern comforts of advanced insulation.
- Patch up the mortar and seal leaks in the cement. Indeed, old brick homes have a plethora of energy leaks, especially if the home hasn’t been updated in a few years. So, you may want to think of conducting a comprehensive energy audit to find all the leaks. Once you find a leak, you can mark it with a little sticky note. Once you have all the areas that you need to seal, you can use epoxy resin or a cement injection to fill in all the leaks – this should take care of a lot of drafts and it should make your home more energy retentive.
- Make sure to never underestimate the importance of weather-stripping. During the time when many of these brick homes were constructed, weather-stripping included putting on a warm jacket and hoping that you survived the blistery cold night. In today’s times, however, weather-stripping simply means that you make sure doors, windows and even utility outlets are properly sealed and stripped. Weather-stripping will protect against drafts and it will prevent the outside air from getting in.
- Insulate the attic. In most cases, the attic of your brick home may be like a chimney where all your energy escapes. Because warm air rises – the wintertime may be an impressively wasteful time. So, you want to properly insulate the attic to prevent this energy from escaping. Not only will this make your brick home more insulated, it will also protect against moisture damage and other issues.
- Seal up major leaks in the flooring. Indeed, old brick homes usually have older floors – mostly wood planks. So, you may want to either update your floors or you want to take measures to seal the floors from major leaks. After you are done sealing, you want to place large area rugs on the ground to further insulate your floors. In the end, an insulated floor will make for a more insulated home – especially if you have a beautiful old brick home.