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Why You Should Insulate Your Crawlspace

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Should I Insulate My Crawlspace?

Your crawlspace is probably not an area of your home that you pay much attention to. You may only even venture down there once a year to retrieve your Christmas decorations. So the question is, why would you insulate such an unused and seemingly unimportant part of your home?

Simply put, the answer is yes, you definitely should insulate your crawlspace. The main reason is that your crawlspace loses a tremendous amount of heat which in turn costs you a tremendous amount of money. Since heat energy moves from higher to lower temperatures, (and increasingly faster at greater temperature differences), the heat from your living area will likely move down into the crawlspace and then quickly move through your concrete or brick foundation into the colder air outside. If your crawlspace is contained by a concrete foundation, you're in even worse shape since concrete has almost no insulation capacity. Another concern you should have for your crawlspace is moisture. There are many things that can contribute to a wet crawlspace, including: poor exterior drainage, plumbing leaks, and expansive soil. If you have a dirt floor in your crawlspace, it can evaporate a ton of water into your home, causing high humidity and potential water damage. Not only will water damage ruin your personal belongings, but it can cause mold and mildew to grow, and damage the load bearing structures of your home.An uninsulated crawlspace can become so cold that condensation can arise, causing even more moisture problems. Also, your water pipes, furnaces, and duct work can be easily affected by cold weather, and these are definitely things that you don't want to damage.

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Customer Service: Subcontractors Chance to Shine

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Customer Service: Subcontractors Chance to Shine

After recently changing my cell phone provider it came to my attention how bad Customer Service is in most industries (including construction and with subcontractors). When I called my old cell phone company to find out what the buyout was on my cell phone, I was immediately transferred to a “retention specialist.” After several minutes of questions of why I wanted to cancel my service, I finally got a buyout number. I told the “specialist” that I understood he was doing his job, but he got quite pushy with me. The first thing that came to my mind was that if he was an employee of my mine he would be retrained or let go.

This got me thinking of how we handle our current and future customers. What are we doing right and what can we do to change to improve ourselves?

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Spray Foam Education

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Spray Foam Education

After being in the spray foam insulation business for almost 10 years (completing thousands of projects in multiple states and under different code versions), I have come to learn that most of our customers we come in contact with have no idea regarding spray foam insulation. I’m not talking about spray foam just exists, but rather how it is installed, used correctly, and its benefits.

After answering more questions that I care to remember, I started speaking publicly about spray foam insulation and building science soon after I began in this business. Anytime a group, organization, or seminar would allow me to make a presentation I would. Now of course this was originally designed to further our marketing approach, but I quickly realized how little people knew about spray foam insulation. Many people had misconceptions about how spray foam would play into building science. Many people in the industry simply just didn’t (and still don’t) know their stuff and were constantly providing misinformation to clients.

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Roof Coating Warranties Explained

Roof Coating Warranties Explained

Having been in the roof coating business for many years, we often get asked about what kind of warranty we offer. I thought I would explain a few things about warranties. There are a few different types of warranties available for roof coating systems. The two most common types include a material warranty and a labor warranty.

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The Real Cost of a Leaking Commercial Roof: Risk Management

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The Real Cost of a Leaking Commercial Roof: Risk Management

Property managers and building owners often know what it takes to replace a commercial roof. Costs range from as low as $3 per square foot to over $10 per square foot depending on the type of roof and if it needs removed and then replaced.

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Attic Spray Foam Insulation Helps Your Home in the Summer Too

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Keep the Heat out in the Summer with Spray Foam Insulation

Those summer months can be downright unbearable if you can't escape the heat. While it is common knowledge that insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter, did you know that it also keeps your house cool in the summer? Insulation stabilizes temperature in your home, so when you turn on the air conditioning, your house stays cool. It prevents the cool air from escaping the home, which helps energy efficiency, as well. Having high quality insulation is the best way to stay cool and lower your energy bills. That is where KC Spray Foam can help you.

Our attic spray foam insulation is a great option when it comes to insulation. With other forms of insulation, such as fiberglass, you have to have tons of material to have sufficient insulation. But with our spray foam insulation, all you will need is about an inch of spray foam and you will see and feel results. Spray foam also reaches those small nooks and crannies where traditional fiberglass can not; you will receive better coverage with spray foam insulation. It also repels mold, pests, and water, keeping the home's environment and air safe for your family.

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Kansas City Metal Roofing and Spray Foam

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Spray Foam is the Better Option for Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is a wonderful option when it comes to roofing. It is a long lasting material that will not deteriorate. Metal roofing has been known to last for 50 years. It has fantastic wind resistance and fire resistance capabilities. It is a light weight material which helps preserve the structural integrity of the structure. While metal roofing is more energy efficient than other types of roofing material, it is not perfect. There are two main problems with metal roofing; without proper insulation, it can easily transfer heat, and it also can build up condensation, which can cause mold, mildew, and sometimes rust. Luckily, if your metal roof is insulated with KC Spray Foam's polyurethane coating, neither of these problems will effect your metal roofing.

During the winter, without proper insulation, metal roofing can release heat out of the home and make the home much cooler. During the summer, again, without proper insulation, metal roofing will allow heat into the home, making it much warmer. With our polyurethane foam insulation, you will no longer have to worry about this inefficiency. Just an inch of coating will help almost completely eliminate these problems. It will also rid your metal roofing of condensation. With regular fiberglass insulation, condensation would ruin it. You would have to replace it often. Polyurethane is a waterproof material that will not be damaged, and that's if it even happens. Polyurethane should remove your worries about condensation. It also keeps pests and mold out. It fits into every nook and cranny, making it much more effective than fiberglass insulation.

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Different Types of Roof Coatings: A Guide

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Different Types of Roof Coatings: A Guide

Not all roof coatings are the same. In fact, there are many different features and drawbacks for most (if not all) types of coatings. So I thought I would highlight some of the differences in these coatings to clear the air for the average consumer. Let’s begin with the different types:

Acrylics:

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Roof Coatings for Commercial Roofs

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Roof Coatings for Commercial Roofs: What You Need to Know

When it comes to low-sloped commercial roofs that are leaking, there are two basic ways to fix them: replace the roof or apply a liquid coating to seal in the roof.

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Don’t Leave the Windows Open in New Construction

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Don’t Leave the Windows Open in New Construction

We’ve learned a lot in the last decade about building new structures to new levels of efficiency. However, windows have not kept up to the level that many other building materials have when it comes to thermal resistance (aka R Factor). Most available windows on the market today are coming in with a U-Factor of around .3. So, we know that we can convert U-Factor to R Factor easily (done so here).

What really matters is that most windows on the market equate to around an R-3 in insulating value. Why is this important? Because the 2012 IECC Energy Code is requiring in Zone 4 that walls must have an R-20 or R-13+5 to meet code. So in this R-20 wall we are going to cut a big hole into this wall and install a window that is only going to perform to an R-3 level. Makes a lot of sense doesn’t it?

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Digging Deeper: Comparing Spray Foam Estimates

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Digging Deeper: Comparing Spray Foam Estimates

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When to Use Spray Foam in Kansas City

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What can Spray Foam Insulation do for my Kansas City Home?

Kansas and Missouri are known for their extreme temperatures. It's very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. This simply means that having a well-insulated house should be a high priority for most home owners. There are a variety of benefits to having a well-insulated home, and little to no disadvantages. Those benefits are increased even more if you choose to use a polyurethane spray foam to insulate your home. KC Spray Foam can help you there. We have an experienced team of professionals who will help you insulate your home. Call us today to learn more about our company.

When it comes to spray foam insulation and insulation in general there are a ton of benefits, both short and long term. Some of these benefits include:

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Spray Foam Myths

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Spray Foam Myths

I have been a spray foam contractor since 2006 – almost 9 years now! I have had an exhibit at close to 100 home shows over the years. After spending time at my third home show in the past two weeks and preparing for the fourth coming this weekend, I thought I would share some of the most common myths about spray foam we often get asked.

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Home Show Season: How to Find a Spray Foam Contractor

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Home Show Season: How to Find a Spray Foam Contractor

Like every year, mid-winter brings a flurry of Home Shows across the Mid-West.  Prospective buyers and people looking to beat cabin fever walk the isles restlessly. We here at KC Spray Foam are seasoned Home Show Exhibitors – in fact there have been times where we have participated in 8-10 home shows a year!

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Before You Build: Meeting 2012 IECC Code

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You’re building a new home, you say? So of course you have a check list: a general contractor, a sub-contractor, an architect, a banker, a lot picked out… but wait! You are overlooking something very crucial. Has your soon-to-be home passed the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code? I am sure some people would automatically assume a new home would pass but it is not guaranteed.

Passing the 2012 IECC Code

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HVAC Sizing

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HVAC Sizing: What is This All About?

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The Best Bang for Your Buck

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The Best Bang for Your Buck: Value and Insulation

As the Polar Vortex blasted in this week, many of you may be thinking about adding or replacing insulation in your homes. This will benefit you by keeping your homes warmer and lowering utility costs. Don’t let this be you:

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Contractor Licensing

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Contractor Licensing: It’s a Great Idea

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Energy Audits

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The Basics of Energy Audits

Energy Audits can consist of many things -- and at many levels -- depending on the depth of the audit. A basic audit can consist of an auditor simply walking through the home and inspecting for some basic areas that could potentially be robbing you of energy.

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Attic Fans: The Downside of Sucking Hot Air

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Attic Fans: The Downside of Sucking Hot Air

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