Year: 2019

installing batt insulation

What is batt insulation?

Batt insulation (also known as blanket insulation) comes in flat pieces. It is made of fiberglass or mineral wool which is pre-cut into flat pieces. Batt insulation is an inexpensive way to insulate your home. Some batt insulation comes with a foil or paper (kraft) facing and some comes with no facing. The need for facing is determined by your climate and whether you need a vapor barrier in the area of your home you are insulating.

Batt insulation is typically installed between the studs, rafters and joists of your home and can be used to insulate walls, floors, attics and ceilings. Batt is very flexible so it can be fit into framing to reduce heat transfer and help reduce energy bills. Batt insulation comes in a variety of R-values and can be layered for additional R-value. Batt remains effective over time because it does not settle and it can also help with sound dampening.

Batt insulation must be installed and fitted correctly for maximum effectiveness. Call The Hayes Company in Kansas City to determine if batt insulation is the best choice for your project.

installing gas fireplace

How to install gas fireplaces

Gas fireplaces are a popular choice and can add a warm atmosphere to your home. Because they do not need to be replenished during use, they can be easier to use than a wood burning fireplace. They come in many beautiful styles and can be conveniently operated by a wall switch or remote control. The most common style of gas fireplace is a direct-vent log fireplace which can be vented horizontally.

Before installing a gas fireplace, select the location in your home and measure to be sure it will fit. You will also need to place the gas fireplace on an elevated surface for safety. Next a ventilation point needs to be cut in your wall or ceiling and pass-through piping is installed. A professional will need to be hired if a new gas line needs to be installed.

If you do not want to add a hole for ventilation you may want to consider a vent-free gas fireplace which does not require a flue or an electric fireplace.

Our technicians at The Hayes Company are highly trained in correct gas fireplace installation techniques. Call us today!

cleaning glass shower door

How to clean glass shower doors

The best way to keep your glass shower doors clean is to prevent the water from drying and causing mineral buildup. For a quick clean and to stay ahead of mineral build up, keep a squeegee handy. Use it to clean the glass after each shower.

There will still be times when your shower glass needs to be cleaned. You can clean your shower glass by saturating it with a spray bottle of white vinegar. Let the vinegar soak for a few minutes (longer for tougher buildup) then scrub the glass with a plastic bristle brush or a sponge dipped in baking soda. Do not use metal brushes or scouring pads because they may scratch the glass. Then rinse the glass doors with cold water and dry with a microfiber cloth or soft absorbent towel.

You can also purchase a commercial cleaner containing phosphoric acid to clean the mineral deposits from your glass shower doors. If your home has hard water, installing a water softener is another option that will lessen the mineral buildup on the shower glass.

If you are looking for the perfect shower door for your home call The Hayes Company. We will travel to your home, take measurements and give you our expert advice.

warehouse spray foam insulation

Commercial Warehouse Spray Foam in Nashville

The Hayes Company Nashville was recently contacted by OctaPharma for an insulation project. The customer wanted insulation added to the ceiling of their 12,000 square foot commercial warehouse. They were originally interested in fiberglass insulation; our experts at Hayes Nashville reviewed the project and recommended spray foam insulation. Spray foam air seals and insulates in one application and decreases sound transfer.

The project was successfully completed using spray foam insulation and the customer was happy with the results.

If you have an insulation project in the Nashville vicinity, call the experts at The Hayes Company and we will recommend the best insulation choice for your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kansas City Spray foam insulation

Spray Foam Insulation in Nashville

Spray foam insulation can address a variety of issues beyond R-value. If you are looking for a spray foam insulation solution in Nashville, The Hayes Company can help. Recently our team had the opportunity to work at a church. This church was interested in adding R-value and reducing sound transfer across an open ceiling. Following insulation installation, the church planned to leave the ceiling open without drywall or other ceiling materials.

To achieve both goals, our insulation experts recommended spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation offers complete insulating and air sealing in one step. Spray foam insulation is effective in reducing sound transfer. When properly applied, spray foam insulation has a smooth finished appearance. This smooth finish will be painted to match the church décor, allowing the church to keep the open ceiling.

Spray foam insulation may be the right product for your insulation project! If you are looking for Nashville spray foam insulation, contact The Hayes Company! We will provide a free estimate for your insulation project.

 

               

 

Where To Invest - Insulation Or Windows?

Insulation or Windows? Where to Invest

When thinking of a home upgrade that will increase energy efficiency, homeowners typically consider two projects: insulation or windows.

There is a lot of confusion about which investment provides a better return on investment.

Building envelope

Your home’s envelope consists of the walls, floor and roof. When considering the total square footage of your home’s envelope, windows make up a very small portion of it. By investing in upgrading the energy efficiency of your home’s attic and walls (more square footage), you’ll be maximizing energy efficiency across a greater portion of your home’s envelope and you will see a greater energy benefit.

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. Adding air sealing further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around areas like ducts and attics.

R-value
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. 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 insulation to current code would result in attic R-value of R-30 to R-38 in Kansas City. When you consider the difference in R-value and the natural heat flow in a home, it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

Cost
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 $4,064. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade insulation in the Kansas City area is $1,295. When you look at how much home insulation costs, the cost of home insulation is more affordable than the cost of windows.

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.
Kansas City Spray foam insulation new home build

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.

How thick spray foam needs to be depends upon a variety of factors. Insulation is rated by R-value which is a measure of the level of thermal resistance a product provides. The R-value of spray foam insulation varies by product type, so the type of spray foam insulation used can influence the thickness of spray foam. When combined with the air sealing properties of spray foam insulation, your home may need less spray foam insulation than you think.

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.

 

The Hayes Company on site

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.

 

 

Spray foam insulation vaulted ceilings in Nashville

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crawl Space Insulation in Nashville

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!