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Hayes Insulation Named 2021 Top 25 Insulation Contractors

Walls & Ceilings magazine, a publication dedicated to the wall and ceiling contractor, architect, supplier, or distributor within the construction industry, has recently published its third installment of the country’s top 25 insulation contractors.

Congratulations go to founder, Tom Hayes, and the Hayes Insulation team. After graduating from The University of Kansas in 1975, Tom opened Hayes Insulation three short years later. In the four decades of operation and growth since then, Zac Hayes (son) joined the team in 2002 serving as Vice President while Phil Hayes (son) joined the team in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer.

The W&C staff and their editorial advisory board choose their top 25 contractors from 24,888 U.S. insulation contractors. Criteria are based on multiple characteristics including great stories and an impressive business model.

“As insulation demand continues to grow—both in the U.S. and globally—it’s important to take notice of all the different and expanding lines of insulation,” says Hannah Belloli, associate editor of W&C.

With the Hayes Insulation team’s dedication to serving their customers with honesty and integrity, their recognition by the W&C staff is well earned.

Hayes Insulation services homeowners, builders, and commercial contractors with a full range of insulation products in any application. For more information or to meet the team at Hayes Insulation, contact us today!


Custom Glass Shower Doors Cost in Kansas City, MO

How Much Do Custom Glass Shower Doors Cost?

Many factors play into the cost of a custom glass shower door. Factors that impact shower enclosure or shower door cost include:

  • The size of the opening (four feet, five feet, open on multiple sides)
  • Type of door (frameless, semi-frameless or framed)
  • Configuration of the door (sliding or hinged)
  • The metal type used for hardware (chrome, oil rubbed bronze, matte black, etc.)
  • Glass thickness (3/16 inch, 1/4 inch, 5/16 inch, 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch)
  • Difficulty of installation

Common types of shower doors are frameless, semi-frameless, and framed. These classifications are based on the amount of metal used to secure the shower door. Typically, a door with less frame is more expensive than a similar door that has more frames. This is because it takes a greater level of precision to install a shower enclosure that has less metal.

Framed shower doors are the safest and protected shower doors. These are becoming less common as they are more difficult to keep clean and do not look as modern as newer frameless styles.

Frameless shower doors have increased in popularity because they offer a clean and clear look that is not usually seen with framed shower doors. Frameless shower doors are typically made of very thick glass at either 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch thickness.  Semi-frameless or framed doors can have thinner glass than frameless doors – typically 3/16 inch or 1/4 inch thickness – because they are supported by additional metal.

The cost for a frameless shower door is around $1200-$2500 depending on the variables described. If a frameless door is out of your budget, you might consider a semi-frameless shower door. The cost of a sliding semi-frameless shower door in a standard four feet, five feet, or tub opening starts around $500.

Let us help you decide what type of custom shower door is the best fit for your home and your budget. Visit our showroom at The Hayes Company to see all your choices.


Custom Glass Company in Kansas City, MO

How to Choose a Custom Glass Company

Are you looking for beautiful new shelves with custom glass? Or maybe you would like to add a gorgeous custom glass top to your dining table. When searching for the right custom glass company in Kansas City, be sure you choose a team that is experienced. Look for a company with a long history in business and an experienced glass department. You will want to explore your options, so the company you choose for your custom glass project should offer a variety of options and project samples.

Custom glass can really enhance the aesthetics of your home so an expert team who can explain all your options is ideal. An established and reputable custom glass company will be able to offer you many types of glass plus maybe some ideas you never thought of. Look for a custom glass company that does its own in-house fabrication which allows for a higher level design customization.

Contact The Hayes Company in Kansas City to discuss your custom glass options and let your imagination go wild.

Custom Glass Shelves in Kansas City, MO

How to Make Custom Glass Shelves

Glass shelving can make a statement in your home. Custom glass shelves can be floating or held in place with decorative brackets.

To manufacture the glass, clear glass is first annealed and then tempered if extra strength is required. For a typical residence, glass shelves do not need to be tempered, but for the small price difference, this is a smart safety upgrade.

Most glass used for architectural purposes is made by melting silica sand, soda ash, limestone, dolomite, and sodium sulfate to an extremely high temperature and then floating it on molten tin. Then the glass passes through a furnace to control the process of cooling. After the glass is cool and is a flat solid material it is known as annealed glass.

After the annealed glass is polished and cut, it can be passed through an oven for tempering which makes it stronger and safer. Tempered glass can be used in any setting where there is a risk of someone falling through the glass or greater glass strength is needed for safety.

Visit our showroom at The Hayes Company and work with our expert team to create your vision for your glass shelves. Call us today!


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. Contact 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. Contact 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 contact The Hayes Company. We will travel to your home, take measurements and give you our expert advice.