Year: 2016

Why Upgrading Your Attic Insulation is More Cost Effective than Replacing Windows

White Piggy BankWhen considering home energy upgrades, many homeowners look at two projects: insulation or windows. There are many conflicting messages about which is the best investment for your energy dollar. The more visible upgrade option, windows come to mind as a top energy upgrade priority.
Before you open your checkbook, we invite you to read below to learn more so you can make the best choice for your home.
Building shell
When considering the total square footage of your home’s shell (i.e. the walls, floor and roof), windows comprise a small portion of it. Your house will benefit from upgrading your home’s attic insulation (and even exterior wall insulation) rather than investing in windows.
Heat flow
Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. AND don’t forget about air sealing! Sealing air leaks in an attic further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around construction penetration points found around ducts, attics and more.
R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow (a key component of energy efficiency). The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc. Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading attic insulation to current code results in an R-38. Combine this with the natural heat flow of the home, and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.
When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Kansas City area is $3,537. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade insulation in the Kansas City area is $1,139.
Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.

The Hayes Company Partners With Habitat for Humanity

Throughout our history, The Hayes Company has supported a variety of community projects. We believe in partnering with organizations that share this philosophy.

In 2016, Kansas City NARI is once again sponsoring a house with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. The Hayes Company is proud to be a volunteer contractor on their current project.

Our goal is to make this one of the most energy-efficient homes in Kansas City. To accomplish this goal, we’ve put great attention to detail into both insulating and air sealing the home. This has included air sealing around all windows, doors and where all framing joints meet. Sound control insulation was has been installed in all the bathrooms, drain lines and in the floor of the home’s third floor. Foam insulation was installed on all exterior walls and rim joists, and cellulose insulation was installed in the attic. Work of this caliber would normally cost $15,000 or more – all of which is being donated.

The project is going great! The insulation and air sealing work has been very effective. As a result, the HVAC contractor has decreased the size of the unit being installed in the home.

Mike O’Connell has been the lead insulator on this project, working with volunteers provided by Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City.
Our work has been done in partnership with A+ Insulation and Henges Insulation.

For more about the project, visit our Facebook page or the Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City Facebook page.

Building Science Basics

Traditionally, insulation has been used to create a thermal barrier around a building. Very little was known about building science and the way a building consumed energy.

There is a lot to know about building science. There are key components that, when understood, make saving energy and increasing building comfort much easier.

Much of building science focuses on airflow. Improper airflow can affect on the health and safety of the building residents. It can also cause mold growth, spread pollutants and more. Controlling airflow increases the efficiency of a building, reduces stress on HVAC systems and controls indoor air quality.

There are a few key conditions that affect airflow (courtesy

  • Controlled versus uncontrolled airflow
    • Controlled airflow is generated by mechanical devices. The purpose of controlled/mechanical airflow is to ventilate a building or distribute conditioned air evenly throughout a building. Sources of controlled airflow are ventilation systems, fans and HVAC systems.
    • Uncontrolled airflow is airflow is the result of unplanned gaps, an aging building and other structural issues. Uncontrolled airflow works against the “energy plan” of the building, and causes the HVAC system and other mechanicals to work harder to maintain the indoor environment.
  • Air pressure from wind, heat, fans and duct systems.
    • Pressure differences in a building are caused by one of three things:
      • Wind blowing against a building, causing pressure differences between one side of the building and the other.
      • Heat affects air pressure. Heat naturally rises in a building (called stack pressure or stack effect). The amount of pressure depends on the temperature difference between the inside and outside of the building, as well as the height of the building.
      • Fans (particularly exhaust fans and HVAC air handlers) can contribute to pressures changes. This could be through leakage in the building envelope or the ducting or an imbalance in the supply and return ducts.
      • Duct leaks. When ducts leak to the outside of a building, air infiltration rates can increase by as much as 300%.
  • Holes and pathways
    • Uncontrolled airflow into a building resulting from penetration points in the building envelope. Reducing the number of holes in the building reduces the amount of uncontrolled airflow.

These are all important things to consider when improving energy efficiency of an existing home or commercial space, or during the building process. We recommend speaking with a member of our team to discuss your project and how building science should be considered. Click here to contact our office to speak with one of our energy professionals.

Why Spray Foam?

If you’re not familiar with two-in-one benefits of spray foam insulation, we’re here to help! To understand the benefits of 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. Foam insulation does the exact same thing.

Foam insulation doesn’t only insulate your home like other insulation products like fiberglass and cellulose insulation – 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. Leaks are often found around recessed (can) lights, plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches or doors, around chimneys or flues, and duct chases. When these are sealed conditioned air you’ve already paid for stays in your home.

Why invest in spray foam insulation?

With so many ways homeowners can spend money on their home, why should you invest in spray foam insulation and its air sealing benefits? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Sealing air leaks and adding proper mechanical ventilation to a home can increase your indoor air quality. Air leakage (outside air that enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings) is not the same as ventilation. Sealing these leaks and properly ventilating creates healthier indoor air.
  • A home built on a crawl space filled with mold, dust and pests affects your health and the health of your family. Air from your crawl space moves up into your home, bringing those contaminants with it, into the air you breathe.
  • By properly insulating and air sealing, you are keeping energy you have already paid for in your home.
    • AND reducing your home’s heating and cooling needs reduces wear and tear on your HVAC system!

Have questions about spray foam and if it is right for your project? Contact us today!

Save Up To $500 By Adding Insulation!

Adequate insulation is one of the most cost-effective ways a homeowner can save money on their annual energy bills! No matter the season, insulation helps to keep your heating or cooling bills in line. Thanks to the renewed energy tax credit, you can save both on your utility bill and your insulation investment!

Here is what you need to know to take advantage of the offer:

Have questions? Contact our office. 

Spray Foam Insulation In Kansas City, MO

Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one home insulation and air-sealing solution that can help homes and businesses increase comfort and reduce energy consumption. Spray foam insulation expands when applied, creating an air barrier that other forms of insulation (fiberglass and cellulose) cannot. Here at The Hayes Company, we offer crawl space insulation and insulation removal for residential and commercial locations across Kansas City, MO. Read on to learn more about the benefits about spray foam insulation, and give our spray foam contractors a call at  (816) 861-8700 to schedule an attic insulation service today!
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The Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation has a myriad of benefits for the homeowner and business owner.
Increased Comfort– Spray foam insulation prevents drafts, improves air quality, and enhances acoustics.
Energy- and Cost-Saving– Spray foam insulation can reduce monthly energy costs 30 to 50 percent. Often, spray foam insulation can allow your family to downsize to a small home heating and air conditioning unit, saving you money and space.
Healthier Air in Your Home – Spray foam insulation seals the home from air movement, helping to reduce pollen, dust, and allergens.
Flawless, Versatile Performance– Spray foam insulation expands 30-100 times its original sprayed-on volume, providing a near flawless air barrier and insulation layer, sealing all crevices in a single, easy step.
Durability to Last a LifetimeOnce applied, spray foam insulation will not shrink, sag, or settle even if it comes into contact with water. Spray foam insulation sticks to a wide of materials, including masonry, cement, metal studs, wood studs, and rooflines.
Open Cell & Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation By The Hayes Company

Types of Spray Foam Insulation

There are two different types of spray foam insulation, Open Cell Spray Foam and Closed Cell Spray Foam, each with their unique benefits discussed below.

Open cell spray foam 

Open cell spray foam insulation works as an insulator and air barrier. Weighing only 0.5 pounds per cubic foot, open cell spray foam gets its name from its broken cell structure, which allows air to fill the empty space inside the material. The typical R value of open cell foam is 3.7 per inch. Open cell spray foam insulation is vapor permeable, dampens sounds and eliminates air infiltration.

Closed cell spray foam 

Likeopen 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 — much denser than open cell spray foam. The cells of the bubbles remain intact, which makes the material rigid. The closed cell composition and increased density contributes to a higher R-value than that of open cell foam, at a higher price. Higher density allows closed cell spray foam to contribute to building stability during storms and high winds.

See examples of spray foam insulation below:

To learn more about the many benefits spray foam home insulation, contact our spray foam contractors at (816) 861-8700 to schedule a free consultation today!

Custom Shower Doors in Kansas City, MO

 The Hayes Company has some of the most experienced custom shower door builders and installers in the Kansas City area.  We fabricate and install a wide variety of high quality custom and in-stock shower doors. Here what you can expect from our team:
  • Expert installers with a high quality of craftsmanship
  • An endless configuration of hinge doors and sliding (bypass) doors
  • A variety of available glass finishes and metal choices
  • An extensive in house inventory to allow for quick installation on stock items.



glass shower doors

Your bathroom is a space you and your family use on a daily basis. Adding a custom glass shower door can make it more welcoming and brighter. And a custom shower door can give you the look that works best for your bathroom space.

We offer high-quality products and can customize your doors to meet your aesthetic and function needs.

Contact us to design your new shower door today! 

Fireplaces in Kansas City, MO

The Hayes Company has been installing quality fireplaces for over 20 years. Our installers are highly trained in proper installation techniques so you know your fireplace is being installed properly. We offer a complete line of styles and models so you can find the fireplace that will compliment your home and you’ll be proud to show off.

Our fireplace products include:

  • These units are the closest replicas of those that are built by masons. The flue system is required to vent vertically. Most units have the ability to be plumbed with an optional gas line for a log lighter.
  • Available in this category are: air cooled indoor, air cooled outdoor and EPA compliant units.


Wood Fireplace
Wood Fireplace

Gas – Direct Vent

  • These units are by far the most design friendly and convenient. They are capable of venting horizontally and when desired, are ignited by a wall switch or remote control.
  • Available in this category are: traditional (logs) or contemporary (crushed glass or smooth pebbles) in a typical direct vent chassis and contemporary linear design.


GAS- Direct Vent Fireplace
GAS- Direct Vent Fireplace

Gas – Vent Free

  • These units are known for their high efficiencies due to no heat loss up a flue system. The lack of a required flue system also results in a lower cost installation. All Vent Free products are equipped with an Oxygen Depletion System for safety. Common locations for Vent Free units are outdoor rooms or basements where a flue chase is not an option.
  • Available in this category are systems that include the logs or fireboxes in which logs are later selected.


GAS- Vent Free Fireplace
GAS- Vent Free Fireplace

Gas – Log Sets

  • These combinations (burner and log) are often installed to update a masonry unit in existing homes. When accompanied with a Firebox selection, the trio is also a popular choice for newly constructed residences as well.
  • Available in this category are front view or see thru burners and logs in Vented or Vent Free designs for indoor or outdoor applications.


GAS- Log Sets Fireplace
GAS- Log Sets Fireplace


  • These units are often selected when venting is considered problematic or when gas is unavailable. With their clean heat and track record of safe operation, they are often chosen for high rise or multifamily projects.
  • Available in this category are: traditional (logs) and contemporary (crushed glass).


Electric Fireplace
Electric Fireplace

Come visit our 1800 sq. ft. showroom (appointments preferred to ensure the best service). The following displays are available for viewing:

  • Wood-Burning Fireplaces
  • Gas Direct-Vent Fireplaces
  • Gas Multi-View Fireplaces
  • Electric Fireplaces
  • Wood Fireplace Mantels
  • Marble Fireplace Surrounds
  • Cast Stone Fireplace Mantels

In addition to installing fireplaces, we service the products we sell. We are happy to service one of our fireplaces – simply contact us to schedule your service appointment.

For more information on the fireplaces we offer visit Superior Fireplaces and American Hearth by Empire Comfort Systems.


Attic Insulation in Kansas City, MO

Having your attic properly insulated can lead to a drastic reduction in energy usage and payments. Here at The Hayes Company, our insulation professionals provide comprehensive attic insulation services for homes across Kansas City, MO. When you need an insulation contractor you can trust, choose the team with a track record of success for nearly 40 years. Read on to learn more about the two main components of attic insulation — air sealing and insulation — and give our team a call (816) 861-8700 to set up a free consultation today!

Air Sealing

The first step of proper attic insulation is air sealing, which prevents airflow between a home and the attic. Proper air sealing helps keep temperature-controlled air in your home. When that has been air heated or cooled leaks from a home, it not only becomes harder to stay comfortable in your own home; it also makes your heating and cooling system work harder to keep the temperature where you want it, costing you energy and money.
At The Hayes Company, our insulation contractors will ensure that your attic is properly air sealed by first looking for leaks around your attic. These may include areas around light boxes, plumbing stacks, soffit drops and more. We will then air seal all leak sources with a durable foam or spray foam insulation designed for long-lasting anti-leak performance.
If you are remodeling your home or building a new home, we also recommend insulating top plates. A top plate is also known as the upper wall plate or ceiling plate below the roof and cannot be seen or conveniently accessed in an existing home. By sealing top plates during your remodel or new home construction, you can greatly reduce air transfer from yourconditioned living space to unconditioned attic space.


After air sealing, an attic must be given a layer of insulation for optimal energy-saving benefits. Typically, our insulation team  will add blownin fiberglass insulation. This will add R-value to your home by giving it a new blanket of insulation. Read on for a list of the insulation products offered by our team at The Hayes Company.


Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation takes care on both air sealing and insulation in one product. Polyurethane foam is sprayed on leak sources in your attic to stop unwanted air flow and help maintain your home’s temperature year-round. We offer different types of spray foam insulation for usage in different attic environments.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation is a common and highly-effective attic insulation solution. When providing all-new insulation on a new or remodeled home, our professionals will typically use fiberglass insulation after air sealing with spray foam. For homes with existing insulation and sealant, an extra layer of fiberglass insulation is added to increase the R-value of the property.


Cellulose insulation is a cost-effective way to increase the R-value of your atticand make your home more comfortable. Cellulose insulation is also very environmentally friendly and is made from 80% post-consumer recycled newsprint and treated with non-toxic compounds to resist fire, mold, and insects. Like fiberglass, cellulose insulation is typically installed in tandem with air sealing for optimal insulation and air sealing performance.
To learn more about our attic insulation services, contact our Kansas City, MO team at (816) 861-8700 to set up an appointment today!

Mirrors and Glass Services in Kansas City, MO

The Hayes Company is proud to have a team that includes some of the most experienced glass experts in the Kansas City area.  From standard mirrors to custom arches, from curved stairway glass to tabletops, we have done it all.

We have been installing interior glass products since 1978. We have an extensive inventory that allows for quick installation on stock items.

Come visit our 1800 sq. ft. showroom (appointments preferred to ensure the best service). The following displays are available for viewing:

  • Mirrors
    • Clear Mirrors
    • Bronze Mirrors
    • Gray Mirrors
    • Custom Beveled Mirrors (1/2″ to 1 3/4″)
  • Glass
    • Clear Glass
    • Bronze Glass
    • Gray Glass
    • Obscure Pattern 62 Glass
    • Rain Glass
    • 3/8″ Euro-Clear Glass
    • Custom Beveled Glass (1/2″ to 1 3/4″)

Make an appointment to walk through our showroom with one of our salespeople today, or schedule a free measure and estimate.

See examples of mirrors and glass below: