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Monday, June 19, 2017
Allergies? Asthma? Spray Foam May Help

Allergies? Asthma? Spray Foam May Help

It’s allergy season in our area – and individuals who suffer from allergies or have asthma are feeling it. With an increase in airborne pollen and other allergens, you or someone you love may experience an increase in symptoms.

Sealing air leaks around your home can improve the air quality inside your home. Keeping outside air from entering your home can reduce the number of asthma triggers that enter your home. Adding proper ventilation to move out stale inside air and bring in filtered air can help even more.

Spray foam insulation is a great option for sealing air leaks and adding r-value to your home in one easy step. Spray foam naturally expands to fill the space where it is applied to provide an exceptional air seal. It also can help control moisture and, as an insulator, adds r-value to a home.

In addition to keeping out pollen and other outdoor pollutants, insulating and air sealing with spray foam can help control indoor humidity. This can reduce the likelihood of mold in the home – another trigger for individuals who suffer from breathing issues.

Any way you look at it, adding spray foam insulation to your home has significant benefits. Interested in learning more about insulating with spray foam in your new or existing home? Contact our office to schedule a free estimate.

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Manage Airflow, Make your Home more Efficient

Manage Airflow, Make your Home more Efficient

For many years, little was known about the way a building consumed energy. The more that is learned about building science, the easier it becomes to save energy and make buildings (and residents) more comfortable.

Building science involves the study of airflow. Improper airflow can affect the health of building residents, cause mold growth, spread pollutants, and result in energy loss. Properly managing airflow increases the efficiency of a building, reduces stress on HVAC systems, and controls indoor air quality.

There are two common types of building airflow:
  • Controlled airflow is airflow that is managed through mechanical devices. Controlled/mechanical airflow allows a building to efficiently ventilate inside air and bring in proper amounts of outside air.
  • Uncontrolled airflow is what is known as a “leaky” building. Air flows in and out of the building in a random pattern. It works against the home’s energy system, causing more stress on the HVAC system and other mechanicals.

Sealing air leaks and adding proper home ventilation are two key steps to making your home more efficient. Spray foam insulates and seals air leaks in one step. Combine this with proper ventilation and your home is on its way to being more energy efficient, have improved indoor air quality, and more.

Have questions about your home’s ventilation and overall energy efficiency? Contact our office to speak with one of our spray foam insulation professionals.

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Monday, May 1, 2017
What you don’t know about indoor air quality.

What you don’t know about indoor air quality.

You may be surprised to learn that indoor air (in your home, office, etc.) can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The majority of our exposure to pollutants in the air is from indoor air we breathe.

When considering the significant amount of time we spend indoors, indoor air quality becomes even more important. The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home.

Indoor air pollutants can come from outside air infiltration that isn’t properly ventilated, materials used in the manufacturing of home furnishings, cleaning products and more. There are many ways to improve your indoor air quality. Here are some tips:

  • Seal air leaks - Sealing air leaks helps create a controlled indoor environment. This allows a qualified energy auditor to develop a ventilation plan to effectively maintain clean indoor air. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.
  • Properly ventilate - An effective mechanical air system with good filtration can help remove polluted indoor air from the house.
  • Reduce indoor chemicals - Choose low-emitting products that have been third party certified such as GREENGUARD. Many insulation products are GREENGUARD certified.

Have questions about your home’s indoor air quality? Contact our office, our team is happy to help.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
A New Home For Jimmie the Giraffe

A New Home For Jimmie the Giraffe

Jimmie the Giraffe
Spray foam insulation isn’t just for human homes! Early in 2016, Foam InSEALators was contacted by the Plumpton Park Zoo. Jimmie, their resident giraffe, was due for a new home and they wanted to have spray foam insulation applied to ensure Jimmie had the most comfortable home possible. Our team began tapping their resources to help Jimmie and the Plumpton Park Zoo. Our team contacted our partners at SWD Urethane who gladly donated the spray foam, and our team matched their generosity by installing the product at no cost. Jimmie has a comfortable new home and the Zoo was able to save resources to use toward other projects.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Blown in Wall System

Blown in Wall System

Blow-In Blanket System
Blown in Wall System is installed in open walls of new homes or re modeled spaces. The Blown in Wall System gives a seamless, thermally efficient blanket that completely fills any void.

The Blown in Wall System is a patented process used in new construction. Blown in Wall Systems are installed in an open cavity before it is closed with drywall. This technique completely fills gaps in the wall and provides a more complete thermal barrier than installing standard batt insulation in exterior walls. This method ensures that even odd-sized wall cavities and spaces are filled with densely-packed insulation, creating a more thermally efficient barrier than standard batt insulation.
The Blown in Wall System is done by specially trained installers who have extensive knowledge of the process. We use only Blown in Wall System-approved material on our job sites.

Want to learn more about the Blown in Wall System? Contact us, we can help answer your questions.

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Injection Foam

Injection Foam

Foam insulation is most often thought of for use in new homes. Foam insulation can also be used in attics in existing homes, and can be used in walls and other closed cavities in existing buildings.

The comfort of your home is impacted by both the insulation and the air leakage.
Insulation’s primary role is to prevent heat loss and gain within your home. Insulation is most effective when air is not moving through or around it.

Preventing this air movement is called air sealing. Much like a heavy winter coat provides good insulation on a cold day, the coat does not effectively do its job until it has been properly zipped. Consider the zipper to be the air seal.

Handi-Fill Wall Seal has been specifically designed with High Flow Technology to go where no foam has gone before. Wall Seal effectively fills blind wall cavities while providing an effective insulation and stopping air leakage within the cavity. Click here for more information about Handi-Fill.

Contact us to find out if injection foam is right for your next project!

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Foam Insulation

Foam Insulation

Foam Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation is the right choice for any application!

If you’re not familiar with spray foam insulation, think of a foam coffee cup or a foam ice chest. Both products keep heat or cold in, while protecting the exterior from transferring temperature. Spray foam insulation does exactly the same thing.

Spray foam insulation doesn’t just insulate your home like fiberglass, cellulose or other insulation products – it also seals air leaks. Why does this matter? Air sealing prevents air from inside your home from escaping through the cracks and crevices in your home. These exist around recessed (can) lights, plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches or doors, around chimneys or flues, and duct chases. This means conditioned air you’ve already paid for stays in your home.

There are two types of spray foam insulation: open cell spray foam and closed cell spray foam.

Open Cell Spray Foam 
Open cell spray foam insulation works as an insulator and air barrier. The typical R value of open cell foam is 3.7 per inch. Other features of open cell spray foam insulation are:
  • it is vapor permeable
  • is able to accommodate seasonal movement
  • is not a food source for mold
  • dampens sound

Closed Cell Spray Foam 
As with open cell spray foam insulation, closed cell spray foam works as an insulator and air barrier. An additional feature of closed cell spray foam is that it is solid. The cells of the bubbles remain intact (closed), which makes the product rigid. The closed cell composition and increased density contributes to a higher R-value than that of open cell foam. This can contribute to building stability during storms and high winds.

Foam InSEALators installs open cell and closed cell spray foam insulation from the following companies:

  • SWD
    • SWD was founded by spray foam insulation contractors who were seeking roofing and insulation solutions that traditional polyurethane suppliers could not provide. SWD's Quick-Shield Spray Foam insulation and roofing products are specifically engineered to meet the toughest building code standards. All Quick-Shield products, including roofing, insulation, and coating solutions, are ICC and/or CCMC approved and are technically superior for traditional building needs.
    • Icynene® is a sprayed foam insulation from Canada introduced in 1988 that continues to receive rave reviews, and it has gained national attention with its frequent appearances on the popular PBS television program, "This Old House." It is also widely used in many of the American Lung Association's "Health Homes" being built around the country.
  • JM Corbond
    • JM Corbond is a closed-cell spray foam insulation. JM acquired the Corbond line in 2009, adding this product to their line of fiberglass insulation. JM Corbond III can be used alone or in hybrid systems with JM fiberglass to create a custom insulation application for any use.
  • Fomo
    • Fomo's products range includes low pressure spray foam insulation in both refillable and disposable systems, sealants, a line of polyurethane-based spray adhesive products, pour-in-place insulation systems, and specialty products recognized for outstanding performance where fire, smoke and toxicity issues are critical concerns.

Ready to talk spray foam? Contact us for a free estimate.

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