How Spray Foam Can Help Architects

Best Insulation Solutions for Commercial Buildings

As an architect or builder, you want to be able to be creative and, at the same time, achieve the highest standards of insulation. That’s why spray foam is the premier choice for both traditional and non-traditional buildings.

Design Elements

Using state-of-the-art application tools, we at Superior Insulation Company can install spray foam easily in attics, cathedral ceilings and angles that may be challenging for traditional insulation materials. In addition, spray foam won’t allow shrinking or sagging, which can cause a building to lose its energy efficiency. In fact, spray foam is able to expand with the natural contractions of the building in changing temperatures. So you’re always energy efficient!

Commercial Buildings

At your company building, you certainly don’t want co-workers to be distracted, hearing each other through the walls while they’re trying to work. The good news is that spray foam can give you an 80% reduction in noise, which in turn, creates greater productivity.

A Greener Choice

The trend is toward more sustainable alternatives in insulation methods and materials. So it is nice to be able to promote the fact that you’re doing your part to help the environment. From another perspective, when you’re trying to run a company, it doesn’t help to have employees out sick due to severe allergies and asthma. These are more reasons to choose spray foam, because it provides a barrier to pollutants, including dust and pollen, which keeps your indoor air quality clean AND is environmentally safe. Icynene® Spray Foam is now more preferred because it has fewer VOCs, (Volatile Organic Compounds), toxins that can be released into the air.

In keeping with good air quality, mold has been known to cause a wide variety of illnesses. Spray foam is moisture resistant, which means it not only repels water, but as a result, eliminates mold growth in places where it can cause health problems.

Getting It Up To Code

Because of the frequency of natural disasters, the International Energy Conservation Code is calling for specific insulation requirements for each climate zone. You need to work with professionals who know the codes for your region of the country. Updated codes are also calling for more insulation, a rise in 6.6 percent a year. That’s why it’s important to work with contractors, like the ones at Superior, who know the codes.

Which Type of Spray Foam is Right for You?

There are two basic kinds of polyurethane spray foam: open-cell and closed-cell. Open-cell can be applied in metal buildings, duct work, walls, floors, ceilings and roof lines. Closed-cell foam can be applied to all of these areas too, along with additional places like swimming pools, exterior storage tanks, and water lines.

At Superior Insulation Company, we are experienced working with commercial buildings like schools, healthcare facilities, retail businesses, churches, manufacturing plants, office buildings, military bases, multi-family houses and more.

Superior Insulation Company is an ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) Certified Insulation Contractor. We’re available for consultation to discuss your insulation options. Talk with us today!

Where is heat loss happening in your home?

Greatest Sources of Heat Loss in Winter

When the fall days and nights get chillier, and with winter right around the corner, now is the time when many homeowners check to make sure they’ve done everything to ensure their homes are safeguarded against heat loss and that they will keep everyone warm and cozy—as well as energy efficient.

The truth is, even if you have the best insulation already in place, there are several areas of the house that are notorious for heat loss or letting warm air escape.

Unfinished Basements

Some homeowners ignore their unfinished basement, writing it off as the coldest room in the house. But do you realize how much heat you’ll lose if there’s no insulation? If you have a concrete floor—concrete is known as a bad insulator—with cinder block walls, that’s the R-value equivalent of particle board! While it’s not energy efficient to insulate the ceiling of the basement, it is a good idea to insulate the walls. An important note: Just because you don’t feel the cold, doesn’t mean you’re not losing money by having your heat source running more often than it should.

Crawlspaces

There is the old saying that “heat rises.” However, this principle doesn’t work when it comes to crawlspaces. And here’s why: Heat always moves from warm to cold. The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the heat will move. So, for instance, if your crawlspace is thirty degrees colder than the main living areas of your house, the warm air will move faster out of your living areas. In homes without basements, if the floors are cold, that’s a sure sign that you need more—or better—insulation.

Windows

We’ve mentioned it before—there’s an approximate 10% loss of heat through windows. With doors, it can be as much as 11% heat loss. For those DIY-ers out there, gaps around windows can often be taken care of with a few good supplies at home improvement stores. Caulking and weather stripping products are quick fixes. Weather stripping materials come in rubber, vinyl, foam tape, and even metal. These products are sold by the foot or in kits.

Air-Conditioning Window Units and Other Areas

Fall is the time of year to remove air-conditioning units from windows. If you can’t remove them, it’s best to seal around them with caulk or get a window insulation blanket to be more effective.

Other culprits for heat loss include laundry ducts, vents and plumbing pipes—not always the first things homeowners think of when air is escaping from their home. Spray foam insulation, which we recommend, is excellent for getting around these tricky, hard to reach areas and expanding to close every gap.

This fall, be sure to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. If you have questions about how to insulate your home properly, keep checking our blog for more tips. When you’re ready to have insulation installed, contact the professionals at Superior Insulation Company for a consultation today.