Year: 2019

Spring is the Ideal Time to Inspect Your Crawl Space

Spring has arrived and brings more sun and warmer days. It also brings the final melting of snow and ice and more rain. This is a great time to check out your crawl space to be sure it is in good condition. The proper condition of your crawl space helps prevent water from entering and also preserves your home’s structural integrity.

While you are doing home upkeep for spring, remember the following tips when you examine your crawl space:

INSULATION
If your crawl space is correctly insulated and conditioned, your interior floors will retain a consistent temperature. If you choose to insulate, consider using spray foam insulation for your crawl space.

Spray foam is a great choice because it will insulate, seal cracks and close other penetration points – all in one application. If you elect to entirely seal your crawl space (also called a conditioned crawl space) you may add additional storage capacity and increase your home’s square footage.

CRACKS
It’s commonplace for cracks to develop in the walls of your crawl space. Your crawl space will be able to resist water penetration and discourage pest infiltration if these cracks are properly sealed. With spray foam, this insulating and air sealing can be completed in one application.

DRAINAGE
If there is a water source near your crawl space you will want to direct the water flow away from your home’s foundation so that it will not infiltrate your crawl space. If you observe that water is pooling around your home, you may want to contact a professional to address the issue by grading the ground around your home.

Spring is here and this is the ideal time to check out your crawl space. Contact our office to schedule a free estimate or ask other crawl space or insulation questions. Give us a call today!

 

Suffering from Allergies? Air Seal Your Home!

When winter begins to fade, thoughts of warm days and green grass are welcome. If you suffer from allergies, spring brings many symptoms that can make the season hard to bear.

If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, air sealing your home is one way to keep pollen, dust and other irritants out of your home (not to mention it can make your home more comfortable).

A home’s envelope has many penetration points that allow air to enter and exit the home. These penetration points can be around areas like duct work and chimney chases and exist between building materials (studs, framing, etc.). As a home naturally breathes, outside air is drawn into the home’s interior. This natural process draws outside pollen, dust and other irritants into your home’s inside air.

Sealing air leaks helps keep outside air and pollutants from entering your home. In addition to reducing interior allergens, air sealing your home has other benefits:

  • More comfortable living environment. Air infiltration can contribute to problems with moisture, dust, and the entry of pests. Sealing air leaks can help maintain your indoor comfort.
  • Reduced energy bills. Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air inside your home. This means your HVAC system will do less work to maintain your home’s internal temperature, which can reduce your energy bills.
  • Quieter home. Air leaks also allow outside noise to infiltrate your home. Sealing these leaks helps keep out noise and results in a quieter home.

Interested in air sealing? Contact or call us today for a free Air Sealing estimate!

Show Off Your Bathroom with an Updated Shower Door

Replacing your shower door can give your bathroom a whole new look. Here are some options to consider:

Frameless Shower Doors
Frameless shower doors look sleek and make your bathroom appear larger and roomier. In addition, towel bars can be mounted through the glass of the shower door.

 

 

Hinged Shower Doors
Hinged shower doors have pivoting hinges that allow the door to open like a regular door. They are used commonly for stand-alone showers, but your bathroom needs to be large enough for the doors to have clearance.

 

 

Frosted Glass Shower Doors
Frosted shower doors allow some of the bathroom light into the shower but provide more privacy. Be sure to select the right amount of frosting as more frosting means a darker door.

 

 

Rain Shower Doors
Rain shower doors are similar to frosted doors in offering more privacy. They have a sleeker look than frosted doors and have a less obvious pattern.

 

 

 

If your bathroom is ready for an updated shower door, contact The Hayes Company!