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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Looking to Save Money on Energy Bills? Check Your Basement

For most homes, basement rim joists and box sills are a major source of energy loss. These areas are located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling where the walls of the home meet the foundation.

This is one of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior, which allows outside air to easily leak into the basement. This area is also a convenient way for pests to enter a home. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way into your home through residual penetration points around HVAC, electrical and plumbing along the basement ceiling.

Spray foam is an ideal product to insulate and air seal your home’s rim joists and box sills. Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product that both seals air leaks and insulates – and it goes beyond what a homeowner can do on their own.

Insulating and air sealing your rim joists and box sills will make your basement (and entire home) more comfortable, help block out pests and aid in reducing your energy bills. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

What You Need to Know About Attic Insulation

When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Building airflow moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of a structure. Proper attic insulation helps keep conditioned air inside your home and helps keep your home more comfortable. When conditioned air remains inside your home it helps reduce wear and tear on your heating system and keeps 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 of 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 monthly 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!

 

Five Ways to Beat Cold Temps Now

It’s hard to think about winter weather when summer is still alive and well. Waiting until the first cold snap to get your home ready for winter makes it difficult to fully prepare for cold weather. It also can mean another season of energy bills that are higher than necessary. Get ahead of the curve and get to work on these five tasks:

  1. Schedule a Furnace Tune-Up
    Unlike your cooling system, your furnace doesn’t get a break all winter. Your heating system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Having your furnace serviced before cold weather is in full swing can help prevent system problems during the peak heating season.
  2. Seal Air Leaks
    A home loses most of its energy (including heated air) through the attic. Sealing air leaks in your attic helps keep conditioned air in the home and energy bills low. Take it a step further and air seal around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other penetrations in the building envelope.
  3. Upgrade Your Insulation
    Insulation provides a thermal layer to help keep energy in your home. Once attic air leaks are sealed, add a fresh blanket of insulation to provide additional energy savings. Adding insulation to your attic is a cost effective way to save money on energy bills.
  4. Add a Smart Thermostat
    Smart thermostats adjust the temperature of your home based on your family’s schedule and your lifestyle. A smart thermostat can help decrease overall home energy use, including heating and cooling costs. According to Nest, a smart thermostat brand, the investment can pay for itself over time based on an average 30% reduction in energy bills.
  5. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
    Reversing your ceiling fans takes minutes to do, but is often overlooked! Changing the direction of your ceiling fans creates an upward draft and redistributes warm air. Helpful hint: Dust your fan blades before reversing the direction!

If your home needs air sealing or an insulation upgrade, we can help! Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!

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