My wife and I purchased a rehabbed 100-yr-old house in Logan Square. The house had a ventilated, un-insulated, dirt-floored crawl space with no insulation beneath the first floor. This essentially meant that on our first floor, the only thing separating our feet from outdoor air temps was a layer of sub floor and the hardwood flooring. As the temps dropped, the first floor turned into an ice box and our heat ran non-stop.
I contacted several of the big national crawlspace “experts” for consultations and estimates. None of them could provide a cost-effective and workable solution. It seemed that anything other than newer clean concrete crawlspaces left them befuddled.
Then I contacted Chicagoland Spray Foam. Jeff promptly returned my request for an estimate and actually came to the house that same evening. He inspected the space and patiently explained our options and offered advice. The difference between this consultation and the others was like night and day. As someone who’s worked in a different realm of contracting for the past decade, I have a relatively well-honed BS detector, and Jeff’s advice came across as both honest and exceptionally knowledgeable. He then followed up promptly with an emailed quote and a thorough, written explanation of what we should do and why.
We settled on a plan to encapsulate the crawlspace by insulating the walls with closed-cell foam and sealing the floor with a layer of 15 mil. polyethylene. The quoted price was reasonable and close to wh…