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The main reasons we insulate our homes are for maintaining heating and cooling, lowering our energy bills, and improving sound absorbtion. With improvements in insulation technology there are numerous ways to accomplish this. We are experts at assessing your current insulation system and offering packages to work with and improve it. Call today to set an appointment with a qualified insulation specialist.
We Offer a Good, Better, and Best Approach to Insulating
1. The Good Approach: Adding Fiberglass Insulation
Batten or Blanket insulation has typically been the traditional way to insulate a home. This option typically uses Fiberglass Batts, although Rockwool or Recycled Cotton is also available, but more difficult and expensive to use. Batts are installed in areas such as: ceilings, walls, and floors. This method does a GOOD job of maximizing your home's energy efficiency and year round comfort level. It is very important to insulate all the areas of your home that are susceptible to air infiltration and heat transfer. You may also want to insulate some areas with Fiberglass Batts to create a GOOD sound barrier.
In recent years attics have seen a change in the way they are insulated. Instead of rolling out Batten insulation contractors are "blowing" loose fiberglass insulation into the attic area. The advantage of this approach is that there are no gaps between the rolls of Batts. We prefer this approach to insulating the attic and offer very competitive pricing.
2. The Better Approach: Adding a Radiant Barrier
Adding traditional fiberglass insulation to the attic is always a plus, but if you want to make the most of the added insulation you need to install a radiant barrier. Radiant barriers are added to the underside of the roof decking. The way this is done is to spray on a product called Heat Bloc with a paint sprayer. We actually mix a solution of paint base and tiny fragments of aluminum. The resulting compound is the Heat Bloc that we spray onto the underside of the roof decking.
The result of the Heat Bloc radiant barrier is the same as moving your home into the shade. Just as we put a reflective shield in our windshield when parking in the sun, the Heat Bloc has the same effect bouncing over 81% of the sun's radiant heat waves off your roof. The effect is a profound reduction of the temperature in the attic. This helps increase your home's overall efficiency and will save you money on your power bill.
Utilyzing the Heat Bloc radiant barrier is a BETTER approach to insulating your home as opposed to simply adding insulation to your attic.
There are other types of radiant barriers such as foils, but if you are going to spring for this more expensive option along with added insulation to the attic, you might as well go ahead and look at the third and final option: spray foam insulation.
3. The Best Approach: Spray Foam Insulation
The Best approach to insulating your home will always be spray foam insulation. It is the most expensive option, but will basically pay for itself over several years. So, if you are going to be in your home for longer than five years, we definitely recommend going with spray foam. Its benefits are simply unparalleled.
Spray foam expands into the area where it is sprayed to create an air tight seal and reduce air leakage. It will never shrink, settle, or sag. It is perfect for walls, ceilings, attics, and crawl spaces and is approved by the Department of Energy.
We have found that many home owners face the same problems with heating or cooling their homes. In the summer the second story is never comfortable keeping the air conditioner running around the clock and in the winter the furnace cannot keep the home warm enough. With the right foam package we can fix those problems once and for all.
We apply Open-cell spray foam directly to the underside of the roof decking. In addition, we unplug all attic fans and seal around them, seal all vents, extend any necessary plumbing stacks to the top of the attic (for required ventilation) creating an "Attic Encapsulation". This now prevents the heat (that would normally rise up through the ceiling and go out the roof vents) from escaping, thus keeping the home heated with the warm air that previously would have been lost. Even in a relatively well-sealed home about half of the air escapes each hour out of the upper levels. In the summer time, the attic space will now be no more than 10 - 13 degrees difference from the floor below it.
Crawl Spaces & Exterior Walls:
We spray closed-cell spray foam directly to the ceiling of the crawl space and into exterior wall cavities. The goal is to completely seal off the space preventing contaminated air from entering the home. In the colder months the spray foam helps to insulate the home and in warmer months prevents the home’s cool air from escaping through the floor and walls. Another great benefit of adding closed-cell spray foam to the underside of the main floor is that it adds structural integrity to the floor joists and even eliminates the creaking floors that are sometimes present in older homes. In essence, there is no better way to seal off the crawl space or outer walls than by applying closed-cell spray foam.