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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Soundproofing 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. 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.
The 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 may 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.
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.
1. 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 Windows
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.
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/ .
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It’s that time of year again. The time when Arizona receives the most substantial portion of rain for the year. In preparation for Monsoon season, Carrig and Dancer found a nifty article outlining the 20 or so chores needed to complete before monsoon season takes full force. The completion of these chores will ensure our homes are safe and dry from the severely heavy rainfall. Among the comprehensive list of chores like patching the roof, staking young trees, adding surge protection, and ensuring that your lawn and porch are ready to bear the rain, is a much overlooked task. That is the task of installing and properly situating vapor barriers. The vapor barrier is essentially a condensation controller for your insulation. It is used to resist diffusion of moisture through the wall, ceiling and floor assemblies. In the depiction below, the vapor retarder is on the interior of the wall. Which is common in hot, humid climates. The warm, moist air enters the wall cavity and accumulates onto the cold interior wall board.
One of the worst case scenarios homeowners may face is moisture damage. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development , one third to one half of all homes have damp conditions which may result in the development of pollutants such as molds and bacteria. One of the best preventative practices, as advised by the H.U.D. is to install an exterior wall sheathing with an effective air barrier. This will significantly affect the pressure gradient across the wall. Sheathing of an exterior wall will create an air barrier that minimizes the intrusion of humid outside air.
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The effects of moisture damages are far reaching to say the least.
Carrig and Dancer specialize in residential and commercial insulation. We will service your every insulation need to improve the value and the comfort of your home.
Washing windows is one of the many have-to’s or honey-do’s we check off our home maintenance list every year. It requires time, organization, and a will to finish a job well done that improves both the look and feel of your home for family, friends, and neighbors.
Cleaning with Standard Window Cleaning solution and paper towels actually rubs the dirt around which creates streaks. On top of that, the motion creates a static charge which attracts even more dirt and dust to the windows.The following method is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly method that should enhance the length of time needed until the next cleaning cycle.
The first step is to gather the necessary materials. Get a few large buckets; one to hold the supplies, another bucket for the white-vinegar solution, and a third for the soap and water solution.
We recommend the following materials.
- One bucket of soap and water simple solution
- A ½ cup white vinegar one gallon water solution
- Lint-Free Cloths
Then count the windows in the house. Tally them up in order to not skip a single window. While checking off each window, inspect the amount of dirt and grime built up on each. For those with an overwhelming amount of vinegar, use the soap and water solution with a separate cloth for that bucket.
Go around the grimy windows first with the soap and water. Remove the sediment gently with a separate cloth. Rinse and prepare for the white vinegar solution.
Now, begin washing using a sponge with the white vinegar solution. Place a towel at the bottom of the window to catch the excess water. After wiping the window down with the squeegee, use a towel to wipe once more with the white vinegar solution. Then dry with a lint-free cloth. Follow this procedure for each window. It is a best practice to clean the windows during a time of day when the sun is not shining directly on the windows.