When you think about home insulation, your first thoughts are probably the insulation between your walls, ceiling and attic space. However, if you live in a home with a crawl space, this should be at the top of your list for insulation consideration! When crawl space insulation is properly applied, it will improve the comfort of your home and save you money on energy costs.
How can Spray Foam in Your Kansas City Home Save you Big Money
A poorly insulated home makes heating and cooling a home even costlier. Older home are especially likely to be insulated with outdated, under-performing insulation. With the properinsulation, you can save hundred of dollars in energy costs.
Spray foam insulation has an ability than other types of insulation lacks - the ability to seal out air. Foam insulation has the highest R-value that all of the common insulation types on the market today. The R-value of a product refers to its ability to reduce heat transfer. The more efficient the insulation, the higher the R-value. Some of the other advantages of spray foam are:
After surviving multiple home shows in the past month or so, we have settled down to a mountain of projects requesting bids for this upcoming year. Many of our prospective customers were wandering the aisles of the home show after asking questions, taking notes, and obtaining prices.
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.
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.
While that price per square foot can scare a property manager or building owner who may be trying to keep their investment property turning a profit, it can really scare them when they have large buildings. As an example, a 100,000 square foot facility (which isn’t too hard to find) would incur a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars or even breaking half a million in cost.
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?
The Benefits of Spray Foam in Kansas City are Endless
Years ago, traditional fiberglass was only available in the insulation industry. Thanks to advancing technology, today many homeowners know have the option of using spray foam over fiberglass. Spray foam has become extremely popular due to its numerous benefits. Unlike fiberglass, spray foam creates an air barrier by sealing cracks and voids. At KC Spray Foam, we offer both closed and open cell spray foam to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your utility bills. Our spray foam can be applied in attics, ceilings, crawlspaces, garages, basements, and more. Our team of experts are trained and certified to determine the best insulation solution for your Kansas City home.
If you live in a warm climate, you probably know the struggles of maintaining a cool home. Cooling your home can become expensive. KC Spray offers the perfect solution so you can save money every month. We offer attic insulation by applying spray foam. First, our team of experts will locate any air leakage, then seal them. Common holes are usually found around vents, light fixtures, fans, and air ducts. By sealing voids and cracks, we can preserve air before spray foam installation. We offer both closed and open cell spray foam depending on your insulation needs. Open cell spray traps air inside its foam and creates an airtight seal. Closed cell uses a blowing agent, called hydrofluoro-carbon, to trap the blowing agent in the cells and provide insulation.
Repairing or replacing a commercial roof can be very expensive. If you’re facing repair or replacement, consider the benefits commercial roof coatings can provide for your application first. You’ll likely find you can save 50% or more and will end up with a better roof!
At KC Spray Foam, we offer two types of roof coatings – a spray applied polyurea roof coating and a closed cell roofing spray foam. Both products work well on flat or sloped commercial roofs. We use products from Volatile Free, Inc., the original manufacturer of Polyurea Hybrid Aluminum Elastomer Roof Coatings. Its VFI-730 Spray Foam and VFI-540 Spray Polyurea Hybrid Aluminum Elastomer Roof Coating form a superior, advanced monolithic roofing system that will encapsulate and protect your roof better than other roofing systems.
Protect your Home with Attic Insulation in Kansas City.
It has been a bitter winter in Kansas City. Over the past few months we have experienced some significant storms that brought snow, ice and record-low temperatures to the metro. Aside from this weather being unpleasant, it can also cause serious damage to your home. And poor attic insulation can be a leading cause. Consider attic insulation in Kansas City.
During recent storms it’s likely you or someone you know experienced problems as a result of ice dams – a common roof performance problem with heavy snowfall. Ice dams are the result of meltwater from further up a roof that re-freezes lower on the roof. As noted by Building Science Corporation, “the ‘dam’ created by the ridge of ice along the eaves can trap further meltwater and result in significant leakage under and through the roofing, especially shingles and metal roofing.” This can damage your home’s sheathing, roof structure, ceiling and walls below.
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.
Radiant barriers are everywhere now. You can’t walk through a home and garden show without witnessing multiple companies selling different kinds of barriers. You can even find them in your local big box lumberyard. If you do a quick search on YouTube you can find a plethora of marketing videos. But do these barriers actually work, or are they “snake oil” marketing?
Spray foam insulation is a great way to insulate tanks of all types. This includes petroleum and oil field tanks, Frac tanks, water tanks, chemical tanks, agricultural and ethanol tanks, propane tanks, anhydrous tanks, and wine tanks just to name a few. There are even more industrial applications that are not listed here.
During the building process, there are many ways to try to cut costs. And while some of these make good sense, one that generally does not is using a flash and batt wall system for your insulation. Flash and batt uses closed cell spray foam insulation as an air barrier, and then a fiberglass batt or blown in fiberglass or cellulose insulation is installed over the top of the spray foam insulation. If you’re making insulation decisions, particularly related to insulation foam spray Kansas City, read on to learn more about this option as it very well may come up during your build.
While we have seen this wall system used many times, it is not one we recommend. In fact, a quick Google search will turn up horror stories of this system failing. Here’s just one example where a hybrid system was initially installed and then ultimately corrected after the immediate appearance of moisture issues. In cold climates, flash and batt is particularly problematic. In cold climates, vapor drive comes from the interior of the home, driving outward through the fiberglass insulation, creating condensation on the cold surface of the spray in foam insulation. The key for this to work is that the spray foam insulation has to be applied at a sufficient thickness so the surface of the spray foam will not be cold, depending on your climate.
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?