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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.

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.

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.

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.

 

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!

 

Someone In Your Home Suffers From Allergies

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!