Spray Foam Insulation
Residential Spray Foam Insulation Projects
We have been professionally installing spray foam insulation in the Upper Peninsula since the 2007. Since then we have completed over 500 jobs and continue to add more everyday. Below are different projects that we have done over the years, ranging from new homes to quanset huts. If you have an insulation project in mind chances are we have done one like it.
Spray foam insulation is the smart choice when building a new home, Spray foam insulation has the ability to meet and exceed building code requirements for new homes. Choosing spray foam insulation for your new home will provide a complete air seal throughout the entire building envelope. According to the Department of Energy, up to 40% of your home's energy loss is due to air infiltration through the building envelope.
Every new home we insulate includes our air seal package which consists of insulating around all windows and doors with window and door foam and caulking all areas of potential air intrusion with a siliconized acrylic caulk.
A home remodel is the perfect time to reinsulate your home. Older homes tend to have more air infiltration than newer ones today, by using spray foam insulation, all gaps and cracks in the building envelope will be sealed.
Independent studies show that 30% of heat loss can be attributed to uninsulated basements. Insulating your basement with closed cell spray foam will create a comfortable living space and also protect it from moisture coming through the foundation walls.
Our sister company, EcoStud® LLC provides plastic furring studs for furring out the concrete or block walls in basements. The benefit of EcoStuds® is that they are light and easy to install, provide a thermal break in the wall, and protect against mold, mildew, and rot. For further information about EcoStuds® please visit www.ecostud.com or give us a call and we would be happy to discuss your insulation options for your basement.
Ceiling Insulation from the Exterior
Replacing roofing is a common occurrence with the abundance of older homes in the upper peninsula. When it comes time to replace your old roofing, it may be the best opportunity for new insulation as well.
This application is popular with homes that have vaulted ceilings or finished attics where getting to the insulation would involve a costly remodel from the inside. This method allows for two remodeling projects to be included into one, ultimately saving you money and protecting your new roofing from excessive ice damage.
We insulate rim joists more than any other project for the simple reason that they are easily accessible in unfinished basements and offer a large return on investment. Where building codes allow, we prefer to use Sealection 500 open cell foam in rim joists because it expands 120 times it liquid volume, which allows it to get into tight areas and provide a complete air seal.
Insulating pole barns with spray foam has many advantages, not only will you benefit from the energy savings, but spray foam seals out insects, especially flys, and it also eliminates condensation issues that is very common when fiberglass insulation is installed against steel panels.
Crawl Space Walls
Insulating your crawl space with spray foam insulation will keep your crawl space warm and dry without the worry of pipes freezing.
We insulate crawl space walls with closed cell foam which is a complete vapor barrier, which will not allow moisture to penetrate through the foundation walls.
For crawl spaces with moisture problems, we install a high quality visqueen on the floor. The visqueen is then sealed to the wall while we spray, we also seal all other penetrations like footings and pipes that go through the foundation floor to create a complete vapor barrier keeping your crawl space warm and dry.
Another advantage with spray foam is that it can help hold together old foundations that are slowly crumbling apart.
Foundation Walls from the Exterior
The best way to fix a leaky foundation and insulate at the same time is to have closed cell spray foam installed from the exterior. Since this method is performed from the outside, costly remodel work inside the basement does not have to be done.
When choosing this option it is best to dig all the way down to the footings, and then the foundation walls should be swept clean or preferably pressure washed to provide a clean substrate to spray foam against.
To protect the foam from ultraviolet light, a quality exterior latex paint should be applied.
In some cases we are able to insulate houses from the outside by removing a few layers of siding and cutting a strip of sheeting away to expose the stud cavities. This method works best when there is vinyl siding and fiberglass insulation, because both materials are easy to remove. After the insulation is removed from the walls, we then reach up and down into each cavity and fill it with open cell foam.
Spray foam may be the only effective means for insulating quanset huts. In the project shown, we used 2" of closed cell foam to create a continuous blanket of insulation.