Enhanced Insulation

Types Of Enhanced Insulation

  • Cellulose Insulation: Known as the “Super-Green Insulation” because it contains up to 85% recycled paper. Cellulose insulation is sprayed or blown into walls and create a tight thermal barrier. This provides superior comfort and a saves on energy costs.
    • Advantages:
      • Reduces heating and cooling bills
      • Quiets a home by reducing air infiltration through wall cavities
      • Meets and exceeds fire-resistance testing
      • Can be installed over existing insulation
  • Spray Foam Insulation: There are two basic types of spray foam insulation, 1-part foam and 2-part foam. 1-part foam you can buy at a home center or hardware store. 2-part foam is what our contractors use that has a resin and a catalyst component. When spray foam is applied in generous amounts, it can eliminate the need for other insulation.
    • Advantages:
      • Air barrier, Waterproof, and Foolproof.
      • Spray foam is ideal for filling in gaps and cracks to make it air tight.
      • Moisture can come through other forms of insulation, but with spray foam, it stops it immediately.
      • Using spray foam makes installing any other insulation fool proof.
      • It gets into the spaces and cracks that other insulation cannot.
  • Blown Fiberglass Insulation: Blown fiberglass insulation is sprayed or blown into the walls and creates a tight thermal barrier. It can be installed directly over existing attic insulation, as long as it is in good condition.
    • Advantages:
      • Allows installers to blow fiberglass insulation with the correct depth and density for optimum coverage.
      • Provides convenient delivery system for spaces with low headroom clearance.
      • Fills gaps and spaces on the unfinished floors that many attics have.
      • Useful in attics with irregular joist spacing or spaces with obstructions to work around.
      • It settles in and fills gaps easily.
  • Radiant Barrier: Radiant barrier reflect heat back to its source. During the warm months it reflects the heat back outside. However, during the cold months it does the opposite and reflects the heat from the house back toward your living space.
  • Rigid Foam Insulation: Known for its durability, high insulating value, and versatility. Foam boards shed water instead of absorbing it, which stops mold from forming. On top of that they are easy to cut and install, reducing the time your work needs to be completed.
    • Types of Rigid Foam:
      • Polyisocyanurate: Used in cavity walls, stud walls, masonry walls, and vaulted ceilings.
      • Extruded Polystyrene: Usually pink or blue in color and a smooth plastic surface.
      • Expanded Polystyrene: Inexpensive insulation material that meets or exceeds all required building and energy codes. Used for insulating attics, walls, and below-grade areas.

Enhanced Insulation Services

  • Ice Damming: Ice damming occurs when heat from inside your attic warms the underside of your room and causes snow and ice on your roof to melt. Then when the water hits the cold overhand and gutters it causes it to refreezes and forms an ice dam and icicles.
    • Solution: Do NOT chip away at the ice on your roof. It can cause severe damage to your shingles. The best and most effective way to prevent ice dams is to properly air seal and insulate your home or business.
  • Attic Insulation: Attic insulation is important when you are trying to conserve energy. Poor insulation can be costly, due to heat or AC escaping from your home. An important step to ensuring this doesn’t happen to you is air sealing. This stops air leaks in conditioned areas leaking into your attic.
  • Garage Insulation: If you have a detached garage, don’t worry about this. If you have an attached garage there is a good chance that insufficient garage insulation is costing you money. If you have a living space above the garage you will want to insulate the garage ceiling. On top of that it will prevent harmful auto emissions from entering your living space.
  • Crawl Space Insulation: You need to insulate your crawl space when you have your utilities there (i.e. Water heater, furnace, hot water pipes, etc). This will save you on energy costs because it stops the temperature from fluctuating. The best insulation to use is Rigid Foam Insulation.
    • Signs of crawl space insulation problems:
      • The floor above this space is unpleasantly cold in the wintertime.
      • During cold weather, you have to keep the heat going nearly all the time directly above the crawl space.
      • Fiberglass batt insulation has fallen out of place.
      • Mice or other pests have taken up residence.
      • The crawl space smells moldy, has visible signs of mold, or is damp all the time.
    • Advantages:
      • Stable and reliable
      • Effective air sealing
      • Moisture-proof
      • Unfriendly to mold
      • Better ductwork performance
  • Basement Insulation: Insulating your basement transforms your damp, cold room into a drier, more comfortable living space. It also eliminates mold and humidity problems, all while lowering your energy costs. Standard insulation in the basement only helps insulate the upstairs space. In order to make your basement comfortable, you need to:
    • Seal & insulate the rim joist
    • Insulate foundation walls
    • Insulate the basement floor
  • Wall Insulation: This is only needed when you have air leaks or it’s an older home or building that needs to be updated. If you’re doing renovations we have a wider variety of insulation that we can use. If you’re not we have to remove your shingles or siding and drill holes into the area(s) where the insulation will be installed. Once we do that we blow dense packed insulation into the holes and continuously adjust the hose to ensure the space is completely filled with insulation. After this process we seal the holes, making them airtight, and reinstall the shingles and/or siding.
  • Air Sealing: Most important step! There are many air leaks in your house that you don’t even know about. If you insulate without air sealing the surface first, the air will just leak thorough the insulation. Air sealing MUST be done before your insulation is installed!
  • Common Places That Need To Be Sealed:
    • Around pipes and wires
    • Chimney passes
    • Duct chases
    • Between framing and drywall
    • Can lights
    • Pull down stairs
    • Scuttle holes
    • Rim joists and sill plates
    • Sump pump holes
    • Basement windows
    • Windows and doors
    • Bath fans
    • House fans
    • And More!

Learn more about how insulation is an energy saver here.

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