If you are going to be doing some work that involves opening up your walls, or making an otherwise hidden area accessible, then you have a golden opportunity to make improvements to your home’s thermal envelope that will make it:
more resistant to moisture
more structurally sound
more energy efficient
more comfortable to live in
You also have an opportunity to not make mistakes! Even when you are just adding on to, or going over what is there you can make improvements. Most of these measures are extremely cost effective. They often are as simple as having a caulk gun or can of spray foam handy at every stage. Sometimes simply choosing the right material to use, or not to use, is all it takes.
Of course, you also have the opportunity to make improvements that go above and beyond the basics, the building code, and popular convention. Some of these extras are very affordable, and some come with higher price tags, but all of them offer a lot of impact and will save you money on energy bills, make your house much more comfortable, and help to prevent moisture damage.
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