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Fireplace Showcase

The Hayes Company is more than just insulation! We are also Kansas City’s fireplace experts.

We recently hosted a two-day Fireplace Showcase where we had a great turnout! Over 100 builders and contractors came from around Kansas City to view our updated fireplace showroom and see the newest fireplace designs and models. Manufacturer representatives were on hand to answer product questions. Three guests won a fireplace with installation on their next construction project.

The Hayes Company sells and installs fireplaces for builders and homeowners throughout the Kansas City area. We offer a complete line of styles and models so you can select the perfect fireplace for your home. Our fireplace models include wood, gas and electric and we also offer mantels and surrounds.

If you’re looking for a fireplace, call The Hayes Company and come visit our 1800 sq. ft showroom to view all our selections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forty Years – Then and Now

The Hayes Company is very proud to celebrate 40 years in business. When the company was founded in 1978, I didn’t realize the journey on which business ownership and this industry would take me.

When I was young I knew I wanted to own my own business. I think it was the idea of leading a team and an organization. It could have been because I saw my dad run a business. Whatever the reason, I knew it was a path I would follow.

My first experience in the insulation industry was working for Maddox Insulation. After graduating from college, I was interested in relocating to Kansas City. A friend’s family owned the company and after one interview, I was hired. I started off installing insulation and moved into sales. Working as an installer helped throughout my insulation career. It helped me understand the issues installers face and much more.

About a year after I started in the industry I was given the opportunity to run a branch that my employer had recently acquired. This opportunity fueled my drive to own my own company. After a couple more steps on the journey, along with some business partners, Hayes Insulation was founded in 1978. In 1984 I became sole owner.

Today, The Hayes Company serves customers throughout the Kansas City Metro area. We offer a variety of products in addition to insulation including fireplaces, shower doors, mirrors and glass along with closet shelving. I’m honored that some of my children and other family members work in the business. It’s exciting to see where the company is heading and the impact it has on our employees, my family and the community.

Thanks for supporting us for 40 years. It’s our honor to serve you.

– Tom Hayes

Five Tips When Choosing a Shower Door

Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or it’s simply due for maintenance, choosing a shower door can feel like a complicated and tedious task. A shower door is designed to contain water and steam and also is a significant component of bathroom design. Choosing a shower door is often the final piece of a bathroom design or remodel – and it’s a big decision! Here are five things to consider when choosing a shower door:

  1. Function
    Think about how your shower door will function. Is the door for a stand-alone shower or for a bath/shower combination? Is your shower designed to include steam? Where is your shower or tub located in the bathroom? What types of studs are available to support the shower? These questions can impact the weight of the glass, type of frame and more.
  2. Space
    The layout of your shower or shower/tub unit can determine the type of shower door. How much space is available inside the shower or shower/tub unit? Choosing the right door for the shower can maximize the feeling inside the shower. How much space is available outside the shower? The layout of your bathroom can impact type of door (sliding, pivot, etc).
  3. Care and Maintenance
    Different shower door materials require different levels of maintenance and care.  For example, sealed glass doors help keep moisture in the shower and also require more cleaning than other types of shower doors. Find the balance that’s right for your lifestyle and meets your needs.
  4. Style
    This is the fun part! There are endless options for shower door glass, doorframe, hardware and more. When choosing shower door glass, consider how much light is needed inside the shower and the amount of privacy desired. This can help determine whether clear glass door or a translucent finish is best.
  5. Budget
    Project cost can help make the final decision about the type of shower door for your bathroom. If you have a budget in mind before considering design, that should be one of your first considerations. Either way, be sure to choose a shower door company that provides free estimates. With so many shower door options, you can have the shower door you want at a cost that works in your budget

Are you looking for a shower door to complete your bathroom remodel or simply replace your outdated one? Contact our office to discuss your project and schedule your free estimate!

Four Reasons to Have Your Fireplace Inspected

Is it time to have your fireplace cleaned and inspected? In general, the answer is yes.

To ensure proper operational efficiency and inspect for safety, fireplaces or inserts should be cleaned annually. Even though you may not see it, your fireplace is put under stress during each use – managing heat output, drafting exhaust up and out of the house, and more. An annual inspection helps keep your fireplace working properly and keeps your family safe.

During an inspection, a fireplace contractor will look for the following:

  • Buildup. Both gas and wood-burning fireplaces can have a buildup of debris. This can happen from ceramic logs that can deteriorate and clog vents, and from ash generated from a wood-burning fireplace.
  • Cracks. If the chimney exterior has a crack, moisture can enter the chimney. This can result in tiles inside the chimney falling off and breaking. Don’t assume that if you can’t see a crack, there isn’t moisture damage – the same happens as a chimney ages and mortar deteriorates.
  • Functional integrity. Over time, equipment in a gas fireplace ages and begins to wear out. This can affect how well and how safely your gas fireplace operates. Worn pieces have been known to cause injuries due to mechanical malfunction.
  • Ventilation. Making sure your chimney system is working properly and venting exhaust out of the home is critical. Carbon monoxide can back up into the home if the chimney isn’t properly ventilating. This can be a result of structural issues, cracks, animals that have nested or are nesting in the chimney and more.

It’s important to take your fireplace and chimney seriously to help ensure the safety of your home and family. Don’t wait until the last minute to have your fireplace inspected. Contact us right now to schedule your fireplace inspection.

National World War I Museum and Memorial Project

Our company takes great pride in serving homeowners, builders, commercial contractors, and other customers. Every so often, we are called upon to handle interesting projects. The National World War I Museum and Memorial is one of those projects.

The Museum recently underwent renovations that included improvements to a lower level space used to house traveling exhibits. Since exhibits are delicate, climate and moisture control are of utmost importance. If the museum is unable to adequately maintain proper moisture levels, they would be suspended from accepting traveling exhibits.

Hayes Insulation was brought into the project to provide insulation and air sealing. Three members of our installer team worked for seven days to complete the work, all of which was performed after hours when the Museum was closed. Our work included installing two inches of Icynene closed cell spray foam over the walls and ceiling of the space as well as DC315 ignition barrier.

The job was a success and the general contractor was pleased with our work. Our installers and our entire team at Hayes Insulation were honored to work on this important project.

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How to Know if Your Attic Needs More Insulation

Even if your home is newer, your attic may be under insulated. Today’s building codes may be different than codes when your home was built. Your insulation may have settled. A hard wind entering your attic through your soffits may have compromised your insulation. These factors – and many others – can result in you spending more money on energy bills than is necessary.

If your attic has less than 12” of insulation, you may be wasting money on your energy bills. Today’s building codes require 12” of insulation (equivalent to R-38) to ensure your home is properly insulated.

Want to check your attic? Here’s how:

  • Open the access point to your attic. This may be found in the ceiling of a closet, a bedroom, or the garage.
  • If your home has two different rooflines (one section of the roof pitching one direction, one pitching another) be sure find the access point for each.
  • Place a ruler into the attic insulation with the one-inch mark at the bottom and make a note of insulation depth. With the required 12” of attic insulation, proper attic insulation depth should reach the top of a standard ruler.
  • Call us and tell us the results. We are happy to schedule a time to double check the depth and provide an estimate to upgrade your insulation. 
  • Don’t forget – 12” is the minimum level! Building codes in our area say attic levels could be up to R-60, which is approximately 17” of insulation!

Adding insulation to your attic will increase comfort and reduce your energy bills. Have other questions about energy efficiency? Call us – we’re happy to help!

Why You Should Air Seal, and How Spray Foam Can Help

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of a home. It is an important step to reduce energy costs, reduce drafts and cold spots, help to keep out pests and allergens, and increase the overall air quality in your home.

Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. For years, it was believed that air leaks created proper home ventilation. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either situation can result in poor indoor air quality.

Although air sealing is a very important part of home energy efficiency, it doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation. Foam insulation is a perfect solution to both insulate and seal air leaks.

Foam insulation expands when applied and completely fills a cavity. The product is applied as a liquid and expands to 100 times its volume. This means that the product fills cracks and crevices in a cavity, and expands to seal these gaps. With one application, your home is insulated and air sealed!

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

The Hayes Company Upgrades to Solar!

The Hayes Company has taken energy efficiency to a whole new level! In April 2017, our company headquarters finalized the installation of a new solar panel energy system.

We were recently approached by a company that specializes in solar panel installation. As business owners who work to make buildings more energy efficient, were happy to listen to the cost and energy benefits of installing a solar panel system. Our leaders don’t plan to move to a new facility, so why not invest in a system that will save money on energy costs?

The system recently went live, following the installation of a specific meter provided by Kansas City Power and Light. The system is powered to provide from 75% to 80% of our annual power needs. During key times of year, the solar panels may generate more energy than our building uses. At that time, this extra energy will be provided back to the energy grid for use by other businesses and homes throughout the KCP&L service area.

This investment in the system will pay for itself in just over three years. In addition, Kansas City Power and Light provided a rebate for installing this system. Not only is this a great energy decision, it’s a wise business decision!

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, as well as 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.
  • A quieter home. Air leaks also allow outside noise to enter your home. Sealing these leaks also keeps out noise, which can result in a quieter home.

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