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What to Do Before Insulation Installation

Fall officially begins on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. It brings mild temperatures, stunning colors, and the opportunity to participate in seasonal activities to Washington.

The transition between summer and winter also provides an excellent time to complete home maintenance tasks, including making energy-efficient improvements.

Two of the best solutions for improving energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and comfort are air sealing and insulation installation. Insulation should be added to uninsulated attics and spaces where existing levels are insufficient.

Here are some things to do when choosing an insulation installation.

Check R-Values

According to ENERGY STAR, the recommended R-Values – a measure of the material’s ability to resist heat flow, ranges between R38 and R60 for an uninsulated attic. Areas with existing materials should be insulated to R38.

A contractor can achieve these levels through insulation installation to the appropriate depth required by your chosen insulating material. Different materials will have varying insulation requirements for meeting ENERGY STAR’s recommended R-Values.

Seal Air Leaks & Drafts

Air leaks, or drafts, can allow unconditioned air to enter your home. These issues can cause a significant spike in your heating and cooling costs. Consider having an energy audit done to identify and measure air leakage accurately.

The EPA estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15 percent on heating and cooling costs by ensuring a well-sealed envelope and adding attic insulation. Insulation can be added to floors, crawl spaces, and basements as well (ENERGY STAR).

Choose Insulating Materials

The most popular insulation materials include fiberglass and cellulose. Fiberglass is available as rolls, batts, and loose-fill. Cellulose is another loose-fill material. Another popular option is spray polyurethane foam.

Whether you choose fiberglass batts or blown-in cellulose, professional insulation installation is the best way to ensure maximum performance, especially since the correct fit is essential for energy efficiency.

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor committed to helping residents and business owners improve their property’s energy efficiency throughout Washington.

Ensuring an energy-efficient home or office is one of the key reasons for hiring an insulation contractor, like Carrig and Dancer, for insulation installation.

Additional services provided by our company included energy audits, sound attenuation, and replacement windows. Please contact us today at (253) 584-7704 or at any other location for more information or schedule an appointment.

Resources:

“Recommended Home Insulation R-Values.” ENERGY STAR.

“Why Seal and Insulate?” ENERGY STAR.

commercial insulation

Commercial Insulation Facts

As we continue through fall and come into winter, now is an excellent time to begin thinking about commercial insulation for your business, especially since utility bills frequently skyrocket during Washington’s colder months. With the proper installation of insulation, those bills may decrease.

Commercial Insulation Factors

Remember, when selecting the right insulation for your building, there is no such thing as a “superior insulator.” All insulation performs well when installed and air sealed properly. A commercial insulation contractor will be able to help you choose the best type of insulation based on your desired results. Here are the factors that the Insulation Institute recommends considering: thermal performance, acoustic control, fire protection, and sustainability.

Thermal Performance

The thermal performance will be a crucial point in selecting the best insulation for your business. You want to maximize your R-value per dollar, aim for minimal air filtration, consider product settling, and make sure to research UV stability. The more you know about insulation products, the more specific your questions are for an insulation contractor.

Acoustic Control

If you are in an office building or want to dampen sound, you will also want to consider sound insulation for acoustic control. Fiberglass and mineral wool insulation, for instance, have higher Sound Transmission Class (STC) ratings, and sound insulation/absorption than spray foam and cellulose.

Fire Protection

When discussing fire protection with your contractor, you will be glad to hear that fiberglass and mineral wool insulation are naturally non-combustible. That means your insulation won’t become a tinderbox if a fire broke out in your building.

Sustainability

You live in a time where sustainable products are crucial to the environment, so it makes sense that these concerns would roll over onto your installation selection. Fiberglass, cellulose, and mineral wool insulation contain recycled materials and are reusable at the end of their life. Not only are they reusable, but they give off no dangerous greenhouse gasses.

Call an Experienced Insulation Company

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacing windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, contact us at (253) 584-7704 or at one of these other locations

3 Alternative Uses for Spray Polyurethane Foam

Uses for Spray Polyurethane Foam

Uniformly installing insulation is the best method for controlling high cooling and heating costs. In Washington, Energy Star recommends R38 to R60 for attics, and R25 to R30 for floors. While there are many different insulation types capable of providing these R-values – the capacity of an insulating material to resist heat flow – spray polyurethane foam (SPF) has the bonus of simultaneously sealing air leaks.

Spray polyurethane foam is available in two types, open-cell and closed-cell, both of which offer a highly effective solution for improving the efficiency and comfort of your home. SPF must be professionally installed to ensure optimal performance. Aside from insulating and air sealing, there are several alternative uses for spray polyurethane foam, including for much smaller jobs around the house.

Here are three alternative uses for spray polyurethane foam.

Alternative Uses for Spray Polyurethane Foam

Quiet Please

Water supply lines, if not firmly anchored, can create a racket when in use. This may be especially noticeable in the kitchen or bathroom. To mute the noise, pick up a can or two of spray foam insulation and following manufacturer’s instructions, apply the foam around the pipes where they intersect the floor joists.

Firm Up a Wobbler

To secure a loose showerhead, inject expanding foam around its arm, ensuring it’s firmly fixed in place. Once the foam has cured, usually between five and 60 minutes, use a detail knife or box cutter to trim up any excess. You can then slide the shower arm flange back up so it’s flush with the wall.

Raise Up Your Garden

Building a backyard waterfall? Secure boulders, river rock or other landscape rock using waterproof spray polyurethane foam, found at most any home improvement or landscaping supply store. Pinterest has some excellent ideas for making faux rocks using waterproof SPF as well.

Ready to Install SPF?

Carrig and Dancer is a full-service energy conservation contractor who has been providing residential and commercial insulation services throughout Washington since 1982. Other services offered include, but are not limited to, soundproofing and replacement windows. For more information about these and other energy-saving services, please contact us at (253) 584-7704, or at any one of these other locations.

Five Benefits to Replacement Windows

replacement windows

If you still have single-pane windows, you may be putting up with a lot of discomforts such as drafts, moisture, and rising energy costs. They may also let outdoor noise in. Energy-efficient replacement windows are a great home improvement project. Investing in insulation, sealing air leaks, and repairing your windows are great ideas as well.

Here are five benefits to replacement windows.

Soundproofing

Reduce outside noise by installing high-quality replacement windows. Windows featuring triple-pane, sound control, or laminated glass are three options to consider. To reduce sound even further, hang room darkening, sound-absorbing curtains. You can find these curtains at most any big box retailer or online.

Energy Efficiency

ENERGY STAR qualified windows can lower household energy use by an average of 12 percent nationwide. This amounts to $126 to $465 a year for a typical home with single-pane windows or $27 to $111 if your home has double-pane windows. Lower energy consumption is also environmentally friendly.

Improved Comfort

Quality replacement windows can improve occupant comfort by reducing the flow of heat into and out of your home. This helps to keep your home warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Additionally, this can reduce energy demand, thus saving you money when those dreaded energy bills come each month.

Return on Investment

Replacing existing windows with insulated, low-E, simulated-divided-lite vinyl windows has, according to the Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine, a national average return on investment (ROI) of 74.3 percent. Another material to consider is wood with a ROI of 69.5 percent. Project costs are generally recouped at resale.

UV Protection

Although, natural light provides sufficient amounts of Vitamin D and can help improve mood, too much of a good thing can be bad. After repeated exposure to direct sunlight, your furniture, drapes and floors can fade or discolor. Protect your belongings with ENERGY STAR certified windows that have ultraviolet-ray protecting coatings.

Multiple Applications for Closed-Cell Spray Foam Insulation

spray foam insulation

Closed-cell spray foam insulation is renowned for being a superior material for both residential and commercial projects. Its unique application allows it to improve energy-efficiency while also enclosing conditioned air inside the structure, thus, reducing the amount of money spent on wasted energy. It’s also virtually impervious to moisture, preventing the loss of R-value, as well as the growth of mold.

Because it will not shrink or settle, its high R-value – it can achieve an R-20 at 3 inches and R-41 at 6 inches – and acoustical performance lasts the life of a structure. It is manufactured on site by combining an isocyanate and a polymeric resin through state-of-the-art equipment. Properly installed, closed-cell spray foam insulation can adhere to a wide variety of substrates including concrete, metal and wood.

Applications for closed-cell spray foam insulation include:

  • Roofs: Spray foam insulation can be used as a re-roofing material, applied directly on the existing roof structure, providing two important benefits: 1) waterproofing and 2) increased R-value. This application is more commonly seen in commercial building rather than residential.
  • Exterior walls: One of the positive attributes of spray foam insulation is its versatility. It’s compatible with many wall types and can be sprayed onto the exterior sheathing in new construction projects, or assimilated between stud cavities in retrofit situations.
  • Interior walls: Upgrading insulation with spray foam insulation allows you to benefit from fewer drafts, more consistent indoor temperatures, better indoor air quality, and reduced noise pollution. Similar benefits can be achieved when installed under floors.
  • Custom insulation applications: Contact for more information

Carrig and Dancer Insulation specializes in insulating your residential and commercial building envelope using the highest-quality insulation materials. Our experienced team is ready to partner with you on your next project. Call us today at (253) 584-7704. For a free quote, click here.

Save Your Sanity With Soundproofing

Noise UpstairsSoundproofing can be a sanity saving home improvement if you have a house full of children or musicians!

With the theory in mind, that sound travels not only faster, but more easily through dense material; we can apply that concept to soundproofing our homes and our offices.

There are two forms of sound. The first is structure borne sound.Footstep Noise The sound vibrations travel through some medium. It could be the floorboards of the house, the ceiling or the walls. That is how we can hear someone walking a few doors down, or someone who is busy vacuuming upstairs. The sound we perceive travels through the wood, or through the ceiling structures.

Annoyed WomanThe second kind of sound is airborne sound, for example, the neighbor’s lawn mower, the airplanes flying overhead, cars passing by, or sirens on emergency vehicles. If we want to “stop” sound, we use mass and space. Mass will block the airborne sound, but space will keep the sound that is traveling through our structures from getting into our living areas.  We do this using the decoupling and insulating method. The image below illustrates decoupling and insulating. The insulation used is a special kind of mineral fiber insulation. Carrig and Dancer carries this kind of insulation and uses it for sound control projects.

There are other factors that are taken into consideration when soundproofing a building. We Insulationmay also need to sound proof the door, the air conditioning unit, the lighting fixtures, the windows and the pipes.  On some projects, it is just as important to retain the sound in a certain room as it is to keep noise out of a certain room.

For more information on sound proofing contact Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7704, or visit them on the web, by clicking here.

New Windows

Replacement Windows

replacement windows

Should I replace my home’s windows?

The decision to replace the windows in your home is a big one.  How do you know if it’s really necessary?  With time and use, windows wear out.  They can become less energy efficient and begin to break down structurally.  There are a few definite signs that will let you know if it is time for replacement windows.

 

New Windows1.  Windows Become Drafty

All windows will let a little bit of air into and out of your home, but you should not be able to detect a draft.  If you can, then the windows are letting too much air through.  Over many years of use windows can become warped or the frames can become loose which would allow too much air to pass through.  If this happens your heating and cooling system will have to work harder to keep your indoor temperature at a comfortable level.  That will cause your energy bills to be higher, which is a sure sign that the windows need to be replaced.  Weather stripping is a temporary remedy for this problem, but since sealants expand and contract, the leaks will not be sealed for very long.

2.  Difficulty Opening and Closing the Windows

This sign is a pretty obvious one.  Clearly, if you cannot open or close your windows they are no longer useful and ne to be replaced.  Wooden windows can warp and cause them not to go up and down.  Metal windows, when not properly painted can rot or rust, which can also cause them not to operate properly as well.  Double hung and triple hung windows utilize a balance system that allows them to move up and down.  If this malfunctions the windows might suddenly slam shut, which is hazardous.

3.   Condensation Between Panes on Double or Triple Paned WindowsWindows

If there is condensation, fog or even white calcium deposits between the panes of glass in triple or double paned windows, it is a sign that the seal between them may have been broken.  This means that the glass is no longer insulating against the outdoor temperatures.  In cases like this, the windows, or at least the panes of glass must be replaced.

Thermostat 4.  High Heating and Cooling Costs

If your heating and cooling costs are high, old and inefficient windows may be the cause.  If the windows in your home are very old they are probably not energy efficient.  In the long run, replacing the old windows with new, energy efficient windows will save you enough money on your utility bills to pay for themselves.

If you would like to find out if your windows should be replaced call Carrig and Dancer at (253) 584-7707 or visit our website here: http://www.carriganddancerinsulation.com/ .

 

If you would like to read the original article that inspired this blog post click here.