Month: May 2019

What is Spray Foam Insulation and How Does It Work?

Air leaks develop in homes, offices and commercial buildings in Nashville, TN and surrounding areas including Franklin, Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Lebanon, Brentwood and Dickson. Air leaks around the outside of a building are a natural result of construction.

Air leaks may be found around openings in a building including windows, doors, vents and outlets. Air leaks allow the escape of conditioned indoor air and the entrance of outdoor air. It used to be thought that air leaks helped provide better home ventilation. Today building science has proven that unattended air leaks can allow too much or too little air to circulate in and out of the home, resulting in inferior indoor air quality and higher energy bills.

Air sealing decreases the amount of air that enters or leaves a building through outside penetration points. Air sealing is critical for ensuring that homes in areas around Nashville, TN like Hartsville, Hendersonville, Fairview, Woodbury, Watertown and Gallatin are more efficient.

Sealing air leaks can also help guard against pests and allergens, increase indoor air quality and reduce utility bills. Spray foam insulation in and around Nashville, TN is a one-step process that both insulates and air seals your home, business or commercial building.

Spray foam insulation expands after application (similar to shaving cream when dispensed from a can). The expansion allows spray foam insulation to entirely fill a cavity. After expansion it naturally fills and seals the cracks, crevices and penetration points. Your home, office or commercial building is insulated and air sealed with just one application.

Contact our office to learn more about the advantages of air sealing with foam insulation. Our Nashville team will be happy to provide a free estimate for your next project.

 

How to Hire a Construction Partner

If you are acting as your own general contractor for your new home build or remodel, the process can be stressful. You may want to consider hiring a construction partner to help the process run smoothly. When you are building or remodeling your home, it is critical that insulation be professionally installed and that you select fixtures that fulfill your vision.

Here are some things to consider when looking for a construction partner in the Kansas City, Missouri area:

• Ethical, honest and maintains a good working relationship
• Referrals and references
• Experience in the type of work you need done
• Budget and schedule stays on track
• Insured and licensed
• Building science savvy
• Customer-focused

At Hayes in Kansas City, Missouri we work with you to make sure your finished home is everything you envisioned.

 

 

Proper Insulation for Vaulted Ceilings

Often vaulted ceilings are not insulated correctly. For years, fiberglass batt insulation was the only way to insulate vaulted ceilings. Over time, fiberglass batts can slide out of place and compromise your home’s energy efficiency.

When insulating a vaulted ceiling, R-value and moisture management must be addressed. Spray foam insulation can achieve both. Recently our team insulated a custom home with vaulted ceilings. We began by installing two inches of closed cell spray foam. This created a vapor barrier to help prevent condensation from forming on the underside of the roof deck. After installing the closed cell spray foam, nine inches of open cell foam insulation was installed to bring the vaulted ceiling to an R-46.

If you need to insulate vaulted ceilings in a new or existing home, The Hayes Company can help! Contact our office to discuss your project and schedule a free estimate.