Category: spray foam insulation

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Is Spray Foam a DIY Project?

Spray foam is a great insulation product, but you may want to think twice about trying to do it yourself. Spray foam insulation is comprised of chemicals and needs to be installed carefully because of potential safety and fire issues. Even if you find a spray foam kit, the packaging typically states: For Professional Use Only.

Protective gear including goggles and gloves are also required to apply spray foam insulation. It is also essential to install the right amount of foam – not too thick. Installing spray foam insulation is not a small job especially when spraying around openings like pipes.

Hiring an experienced spray foam installer is the safest way to go. An expert installer like Allweather Insulation will inspect your project and recommend the right type of product and also ensure professional installation.

Contact Allweather Insulation to schedule a free estimate of your project!

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Finding the Right Spray Foam Installer

There are many companies who offer spray foam insulation installation in the Tallahassee area. So be sure to do your homework and choose your installer wisely.

Spray foam insulation companies do not all offer the same quality of service. They may have different equipment, technology and training for their installers.

Keep these tips in mind when choosing a spray foam installer in Tallahassee:

  • Select a company that uses up to date equipment.
  • Make sure the installers are properly trained.
  • Ensure that the company is licensed and meets all code requirements.
  • Ask for referrals from other customers who recently had work performed.

Contact Allweather Insulation in Tallahassee and our professional team can answer any insulations questions you may have.

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What is Spray Foam and Why Do I Need it?

Spray foam insulation performs a dual purpose of insulating and air sealing in one application. The foam expands upon installation and completely fills an opening, including any cracks and crevices. Some of the benefits of spray foam are preventing air leakage including humid Florida air, providing a sound barrier, helping to deter mold growth, and helping conserve energy.

Spray foam insulation is available in two types: open cell spray foam and closed cell spray foam.

Open cell spray foam is light and flexible. It is made of cells that are left open. As open cell spray foam dries, gas escapes from the cells through the cell walls, making the foam light and malleable.

Closed cell spray foam has a higher density than open cell spray foam and the cells are closed. Since closed cell spray foam is highly dense, it has better insulating properties and a higher R-value than open cell spray foam. Its density makes it more resistant to varying temperatures and weather conditions.

Contact the experts at Allweather Insulation in Tallahassee for a free estimate on your insulation project.

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How Thick Should Spray Foam Insulation Be?

Spray foam is a good option to air seal and insulate your home. It is important that it is installed properly and in the correct thickness. The required thickness is determined by the area of installation and what you are trying to achieve.

If you think that more foam is better because the more foam the higher the R-value, this is a misconception. The combination of spray foam insulation’s R-value and its air sealing properties deliver an energy-saving punch. After you reach a certain level, adding more foam (and more R-value) there is no additional benefit.

Spray foam insulation is available in open cell or closed cell options. The R-value differs between the two types.

Open cell spray foam is soft with a lower density and has an R-value of approximately 3.5 per inch. It is usually installed in interior wall cavities such as attics, basements and crawl spaces. It also provides a good sound barrier.

Closed cell spray foam is a much denser and tougher product than open cell spray foam so the R-value is higher – typically within 5.0 to 7.0 per inch.  It can be used in attics and crawl spaces, but is more often installed in pole barns and commercial buildings due its durability and moisture resistance.

Make sure your home or business has the correct amount of insulation by contacting our professionals today.

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Asthma? Allergies? Air Sealing Can Help!

It’s estimated that roughly 26 million Americans are affected by asthma or asthma-related conditions. When we combine these numbers with those who suffer from seasonal allergies, the numbers are even higher.

In the lungs of asthma sufferers, airways become irritated and more sensitive when pollen, dust, mold, and more impact them. These same triggers affect allergy sufferers.

Sealing a home’s air leaks can help improve indoor air quality by lowering the number of outside asthma triggers that can enter the inside of a home or building. By sealing air leaks and adding proper mechanical ventilation, your home’s indoor air quality can be managed and asthma and allergy sufferers can find some relief.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks in one step. In fact, one of the key benefits of spray foam is improved indoor air quality. The material provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator), and helps control moisture issues. This improved airtightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home. It also dramatically reduces the number of pollutants that can enter the home (pollen, dust, etc.) and allows a home to have proper mechanical ventilation to filter the air and keep the interior air clean.

Contact us to learn more about air sealing your home.

How Spray Foam Helps Increase the Benefits of Air Sealing

The process of air sealing reduces the amount of air that transfers through your home. Air sealing is an important energy saving step that helps control energy costs, reduces drafts, helps keep out pests and allergens, and increases the overall air quality in your home.

Air can leak through cracks and openings around a building envelope. Air leaks allow conditioned inside air to escape your home and unconditioned air to enter. For many years air leaks were believed to allow adequate and proper home ventilation. Building science has proved uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave your home, resulting in poor indoor air quality.

Spray foam insulation is a one-step solution to insulate and seal air leaks. Spray foam insulation is applied as a liquid and expands to completely fill a cavity. When it expands, it naturally seals air leaks while adding R-value. Spray foam insulation can also increase building strength which can be beneficial during strong winds.

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.

Blown-in fiberglass insulation installed in attic

Attic Insulation: Good, Better and Best

Blown-in insulation being installed in an attic>When it comes home insulation, the first area that usually comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of the structure. By keeping conditioned air inside your home you can also reduce wear and tear on your heating system and help keep energy bills in line.

There are three common methods used to insulate attics – blown-in fiberglass, blown-in fiberglass with air sealing, and spray foam insulation. Here’s what you need to know about each:

Blown-in Fiberglass

Insulating attics with blown-in fiberglass insulation is a quick and easy way to add R-value. This is a basic method of attic insulation and a cost-effective option to upgrade attics in existing homes or insulate attics in new homes.

Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing

Combining blown-in fiberglass insulation with air sealing dramatically increases a home’s energy efficiency. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value. In an existing home, attic insulation is removed and penetration points around the attic floor are sealed. After air sealing is complete, a fresh blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. In a new home, penetration points around the attic floor are sealed before blown-in insulation is installed.

Spray Foam Insulation

Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new or existing home provides optimal energy protection. In an existing home, insulation is removed from the attic and spray foam is installed along the roofline. In a new home, spray foam insulation is installed along the roofline as part of the construction process.

Proper attic insulation combined with air sealing is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on energy bills.

Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Ready to discuss insulation for your new home project? Contact our office today! 

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Three New Home Features that Save Money and Energy

If you’re building a new home, it’s the perfect time to integrate energy saving products and features. Taking time to select the right building materials and products now will pay off with increased indoor comfort and lower energy bills on day one. Here are three areas of your new home where smart energy investments will pay off:
  1. Insulation
    Properly insulating your home’s exterior can keep energy bills low. Consider upgrading your attic insulation, wall insulation and crawl space insulation during the construction process. Adding a professionally installed blanket of insulation around your home’s exterior will help keep energy dollars in and exterior noise out.
  2. Air Sealing
    Air sealing complements insulation by sealing penetration points to stop conditioned air from escaping your home. Some penetration points are visible to the eye while others are more difficult to identify. Tip: Choose spray foam insulation for your new home to add R-value and fully seal air leaks in one step.
  3. Doors and Windows
    Choose proper exterior doors and windows. Different sides of your home can be impacted by various weather factors including wind and sun. Consider the energy rating for windows and doors and the side of the home on which they will be installed. Be sure your insulation contractor fully air seals around all doors and windows.

Do you have questions about insulation and air sealing for your new home? Could your existing home benefit from air sealing and upgraded insulation? Contact our office – we can help!

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Spray Foam: Insulate and Air Seal in One!

Air leaks occur as a natural byproduct of the construction process. Air leaks are exactly what you think: when conditioned air leaks from a home or unconditioned air leaks into a home.

Traditionally it was believed that these natural air leaks were the right way to ventilate a home. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks by way of a “leaky home” can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either way, this can result in poor indoor air quality.

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of uncontrolled air that moves in and out of a home. Sealing air leaks can reduce energy costs, help with inconsistent temperatures around a home, keep out bugs and outside allergens, and increase your home’s overall indoor air quality.

Spray foam insulation can insulate and air seal in one step. It is applied as a liquid and expands to fill a cavity. By simply insulating with spray foam, you are air sealing at the same time. If you are looking for a two-in-one product, spray foam insulation is your answer.

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.