What is Insulation?

Insulation reduces or eliminates the flow of heat, moisture or shock from one area to another.  It is critical to maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient home or business.  There are three kinds of insulation used in commercial and residential buildings:  fiberglass batt or roll insulation, loose fill or blown insulation and spray foam insulation. […]

Fiberglass Insulation Danger

Fiberglass insulation is a popular way to make homes more energy efficient.  For many years, asbestos was the standard way homes were insulated.  However, asbestos was banned by the EPA in 1989 as asbestos fibers were known to cause cancer and other serious diseases.  Fiberglass then took over as the most popular form of insulation. […]

Do You Need Vapor Barrier with Spray Foam Insulation?

Many people wonder if a vapor barrier is necessary when they insulate with spray foam. The answer is a bit complex as there are two kinds of spray foam insulation commonly used in homes: closed cell and open cell. Each has a different ability to control vapor diffusion. Generally speaking, closed cell has greater vapor […]

Where Should A Vapor Barrier Be Installed?

Vapor barriers are installed on the inside of a frame wall between studs and sections of drywall.  The vapor barrier will be covering insulation placed between the studs.  Most vapor barriers are constructed with polyethylene plastic sheeting.  The vapor barrier is intended to keep water vapor from the interior of the home from moving through […]

Can You Insulate Walls Without Removing Drywall?

Insulating walls of a home can be a key component in achieving high levels of energy efficiency, saving the homeowner a lot of money over time.  While many newer homes have walls (and other areas) that are well insulated, owners of older homes may find that their walls are not insulated properly.  While it seems […]

How Long Does Insulation Last in the Attic?

Attic insulation is a key energy-saver for any home, keeping heat outside of your home in the summer and inside of your home in the winter.  Most kinds of insulation (rolled or batts, blown-in, or spray foam) will last a very long time, up to 100 years in many cases!  But like many things, insulation […]

Can You Put New Insulation on Top of Old Insulation?

Homeowners sometimes ask if one application of a particular type of insulation provides energy savings, will “doubling up” with twice as much insulation produce even more energy savings?     The simple answer is that more insulation can produce more energy savings.  But other factors enter into the picture, such as type of insulation you […]

Get Spray Foam Insulation

Depending on the size of your insulation project, there are basically two places to get spray foam insulation for your home or commercial building.  Size is a crucial factor because most projects are just too large, too technically difficult or have complicating factors that make spraying foam inadvisable for the average person or handyman. The […]

Where to Use Spray Foam Insulation?

One of the many benefits of spray foam insulation is that it can be used in places where fiberglass batt or blown in insulation cannot go.  Little nooks and crannies in attics, curved architectural surfaces in commercial buildings, inside cargo vans and semi trailers, and a host of other hard-to-reach locations are where foam excels.  […]

What is Spray Foam Insulation R-Value?

Closed cell spray foam insulation has an approximate R-value of 6.5 per inch.  Open cell spray foam insulation has an approximate R-value of 3.6 per inch.  Compared with batt and blown in insulation alternatives made from fiberglass or cellulose, spray foam insulation has a greater R-value per inch. When you choose spray foam insulation for […]