Month: December 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.