Spray Foam Insulation Solves Commercial Building Problems

When operations at the County Downs bleach-works factory ceased in May 2008, the opportunity to convert the 16,000 sq.ft. space into film and television studios was presented to owners Ulster Weavers. Converting the vast factory spaces into usable sound stages required the owners to seek modern construction materials, such as spray foam insulation. Quality was of utmost importance. The studios were in the filming location for the second and third seasons of the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.

Noise from road traffic as well as aircraft from nearby airports was a concern for the studio’s owners as well as for any production crew considering using the space. With chilly autumnal and winter weather common within the region, thermal comfort was a top priority for the converted studio spaces. The studio owners wanted to find ways to prevent condensation from occurring on the underside of the roof during filming, while also finding a solution that could provide thermal comfort.

To ensure that external airborne sounds were reduced and condensation was prevented, the studio owners considered using Icynene® spray foam insulation. Icynene’s open-cell, light-density spray foam – LD-C-50 – has excellent sound absorption characteristics and is able to minimize both flanking and airborne noises. These sound dampening qualities are ideal for film studios where minimal sound disruption is critical.

Certified Icynene spray foam professionals were able to successfully install the spray foam within two days helping ensure that any delays in film production were kept to an absolute minimum.

By installing Icynene light-density, open-cell spray foam, the studio owners were able to make use of new areas that were not used before. The spray foam and its sound dampening qualities helped ensure that these new studio spaces were brought up to the high standard expected for film production. Installation of the spray foam now provides actors, production crews and studio employees the opportunity to work in comfort throughout the changing seasons. External sounds are now significantly minimized. Inside, the thermal comfort is high while the probability of condensation on the ceiling is low helping avoid any costly production delays.

If your building company is looking for more cost-effective ways to handle the insulation process, please consult with the professionals at Superior Insulation Company.

Superior Insulation Company is an ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) Certified Insulation Contractor. We’re also an independently family-owned and operated business dedicated to providing you with the most energy efficient, cost-effective insulation services. Talk with us today!

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!

Commercial Insulation: What to Know Before Completing Your Project

Architects and contractors can have challenges with commercial insulation building designs, because they are trying to achieve multiple goals. Some of these challenges include air sealing, acoustical performance and energy efficiency. When you’re talking about contemporary architectural designs, some of these goals can be difficult to accomplish with traditional types of insulation.

Another concern is sustainability. Commercial construction is trending toward sustainable designs and using green products that not only offer greater energy efficiency, but are affordable as well.

Acoustical insulation is increasingly important because the data shows that noise can negatively affect productivity. In fact, 71% of workers have complained about noise impacting their work.

Here we’ll take a look at some of the things you can do for your business’s building insulation, while comparing mineral glass wool with Icynene® Spray Foam insulation.

Architectural Design

Spray foam commercial insulation gives you the ability to be more flexible in your designs because spray foam can reach into areas where traditional insulation can’t. Spray foam is also the preferred choice in commercial insulation for hospitals and schools because it prevents pollutants and allergens from getting inside buildings.

Spray foam can seal air and insulate in only one step and won’t leave gaps. It insulates interior or exterior cavities, giving you greater energy efficiency in either application. At the same time, it improves the indoor air quality of the building by better controlling the air movement in and out of the structure. On exterior applications, spray foam can provide continuous insulation in commercial buildings, all while at the same time acting as the air and water-resistive barrier as well.

What is the Building Envelope?

The building envelope is a system of elements within a building structure that prevents the movement of air, heat and moisture. Spray foam can save money because it can take the place of multiple products of the building envelope system. Because spray foam can act as the insulation, air barrier, water barrier, and drainage plane, architects can eliminate the need for additional air and water barrier systems along with Rigid insulation. Spray foam can effectively perform all of those functions with a single product.

Mineral Wool vs. Spray Foam

Mineral wool is an effective insulation material and is ideally used for acoustical applications. Studies have shown that installing more mineral wool can help reduce energy costs when using it for thermal insulation. But more insulation doesn’t always translate to energy savings. Because Mineral Wool isn’t an air barrier, it can’t be the only part of the insulation and air barrier system. It has to have another product to stop the air and water penetration unlike spray foam, which performs all of these functions in a single application. The R-value of Mineral Wool is also substantially less per inch when compared to closed cell spray foam. It actually takes less spray foam to achieve even more effective results. That is one of many benefits of using spray foam.

At Superior Insulation Company, we’ll work with you to help you choose the insulation material and method that suits your project perfectly.

We offer commercial and residential insulation services. Some of our past projects include office buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, churches and factories. So when it comes to insulating your commercial property, we know how to help you achieve maximum energy efficiency without breaking your budget.

Superior Insulation Company is an ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) Certified Insulation Contractor. Family owned and operated. Talk with us today!