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Barn Becomes Well Insulated Education Center

Recently the Narrow Gate Foundation reached out to The Hayes Company in Nashville, TN with a challenge. They had a barn that they use as an education center and it was in need of insulation. The Narrow Gate Foundation provides training for international men in sawmill operation, woodworking craftsmanship, best business practices, and Christian ethics so these men can return to their home countries with business skills that help build their local economies.

The Hayes Company in Nashville, TN was honored and eager to help so we came up with an insulation recommendation. The Narrow Gate Foundation did not have framing in the barn’s ceiling so there was no accessibility for traditional fiberglass to be used in the ceiling. Because of this, spray foam insulation was the perfect option to maintain a comfortable temperature. The walls were already professionally framed, so our recommendation was to install fiberglass in the walls.

Spray foam insulation was installed in the ceiling and it looks incredible. The next step is to install fiberglass insulation in the walls to complete the insulation project. Once complete, the education center will be a comfortable, conditioned space to support the mission of the Narrow Gate Foundation.

crawl space encapsulation

What is the best method for finishing a crawl space?

Crawl space conditioning can be overlooked during home construction. Crawl spaces in new homes are commonly finished with basic insulation. Proper crawl space encapsulation can have a big effect on the energy efficiency and air quality of your home.

Crawl spaces are susceptible to dampness partly due to the moisture from the soil seeping into the crawl space. Moisture can attract unwanted pests and the contaminated air can flow up into your living spaces. The best solution is crawl space encapsulation which is a two-step process that combines proper insulation and air sealing. First a vapor barrier is installed, then spray foam is added along the crawl space walls to add R-value and seal any air leaks. Crawl space encapsulation results in a healthier indoor living space, lower energy consumption and a dry storage area.

If you notice that your floors are cold during winter months, your crawl space may need more insulation. Or if your home was built before 1990 there may be no insulation at all.

If you have questions about adding insulation to your home’s crawl space, our Nashville professionals can answer your questions.

 

crawl space encapsulation

How to know if crawl space insulation needs to be replaced

The insulation in your crawl space may need to be replaced as your home ages. Some signs that your crawl space insulation may need replacement are:

  • Utility bills on the rise. If your home’s energy consumption increases, it is time to check your crawl space insulation.
  • Interior temperatures change. If your home is warmer than usual in the summer and colder in the winter, the temperature variation may be due to poor insulation in your crawl space.
  • Traces of pests. If you notice signs of pests in your crawl space, it is time have your crawl space evaluated and consider crawl space encapsulation.
  • Wet insulation. Damp or moist insulation can result in mold and mildew and needs to be replaced. Even if it fully dries, the spores can remain.

Crawl space encapsulation is one of the best ways to protect your home’s structure from moisture, and protect your family from mold and pests. Call our professionals at The Hayes Company in Nashville to ask about replacing your crawl space insulation.

 

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.