Green Goals Achieved With Superior Insulation

Green organizations have been popular for quite a few years. The movement has not lost momentum. Community programs promoting green building and green practices are springing up in every city across America. Businesses that join these organizations to support the community and the future of the community learn new ways to contribute to green initiatives.

It is common to include trash recycling, energy use management, and paper waste reduction in an environmentally-friendly plan. Businesses are encouraged to look for innovative, significant ways to reduce their carbon footprint while saving energy. One way for companies to reach a higher level of achievement in green programs is to make substantial improvements to their building structures. Improvements to lighting, office equipment, HVAC, and upgrades are a great start. However, a building will still lose measurable amounts of energy and associated cost savings without an upgrade to the building insulation.

The quick solution to improving insulation in a building is Icynene insulation, the premier spray foam insulation. It outperforms traditional cellulose and fiberglass insulation which loses insulation effectiveness when exposed to moisture and it expands to fill gaps eliminating air transfer that traditional insulation cannot. Unlike conventional polyurethane spray foams which are made from petroleum and produce off-gases, Icynene has turned to a different source to make their sustainable open-cell polyurethane: the castor bean. Castor-oil plants are friendly to the environment: they require no irrigation, pesticides, or fungicides, and produce no off-gases. Icynene has received the ‘Green Stamp of Approval’ by The National Green Building Standard. ICYNENE LD-R-50® spray foam insulation is a revolutionary, renewable-based formula made using castor oil which has many environmental and health-related advantages. Icynene is HFC and PBDE-free.

Open-cell polyurethane foam and cellulose insulation both can be applied without the use of chemical blowing agents. The chemical toxins left after using chemical blowing agents can adversely impact the environment around your home or building, possibly affecting the health of the occupants of a building.

Spray foam insulation, applied professionally, is one of the most efficient types of insulation products. Estimates from the U.S. Dept. of Energy and other trade associations calculate that this form of product saves between 20 and 35% in energy costs. Reduced power consumption is perhaps one of the biggest reasons to insulate.

Superior Insulation can help you choose the insulation that is perfect for your building and your budget while still keeping environmental safety in the forefront of your green projects. You can trust our skilled, professionally trained crew to deliver fast, efficient service to fulfill your project objectives. Contact us today to learn more about spray foam and other “green” insulation options.

Top 5 Myths about Spray Foam Insulation: What You Need to Know

For many home and business owners, the choices for insulation can be very daunting. Which materials and what methods work best? At Superior Insulation Company, we’re trained, licensed Icynene® Spray Foam Insulation contractors. This means we can put our expertise to work for you.

Since spray foam is a relatively newer product compared to fiberglass and other more traditional materials, there are a number of myths about it. Here are the top five:

Myth #1:  Icynene Spray Foam Insulation costs too much. 

Look at it this way—there may be a higher upfront cost, but the money you’ll save on energy bills will be worth it in the long run. You could save up to 40% on your heating and cooling costs if you use spray foam insulation.

Myth #2: Because spray foam isn’t as thick as batts of fiberglass, it can’t insulate as well.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact is, it takes less foam to achieve the same level of insulation as several batts of fiberglass. This is because foam expands to fill in more gaps than other types of insulation.  In fact, if you have an older building, you can even add spray foam to existing insulation.

Myth #3: Spray foam is used only for insulation.

Actually, spray foam also acts as a sealant which repels moisture as well. Moisture is a real nuisance that can cause mold and mildew, making areas like the basement smell bad and letting in drafts. That’s why spray foam is a superior choice for keeping out mold, which is caused by water infiltration.

Myth #4: Spray foam doesn’t seal as well as fiberglass insulation.  

Of course this is not true. Spray foam is able to reach into nooks and crannies that fiberglass simply can’t. That’s why contractors use spray foam to seal in crawlspaces, attics, basements, around electrical outlets, windows and more.

Myth #5: Spray foam contains chemicals that may not be safe.

Actually, spray foam is more environmentally-friendly than older types of insulation. It contains fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and because it has no food value, it doesn’t allow for the growth of fungus and bacteria, keeping your home healthier and greener. It’s also not a food source for pests, so you won’t have to worry about attracting mice and having infestations in your house.

When you consider the benefits of spray foam versus other kinds of insulation, it’s clear that spray foam represents a new generation in efficient insulation with less mess and hassle.

That’s why it’s important to call on experienced contractors like the professionals at Superior Insulation Company for a consultation, whether your building is a new construction or a retrofit.

Superior Insulation Company works with all types of insulation materials, and we’ll work with you to identify the best products and methods for your insulation needs. Contact us today for more information.

Superior Insulation Company is an ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) Certified Insulation Contractor.

Surprising Facts about Insulation – 4 Things You Didn’t Know

Whether your home is older or newer, insulating with the right materials in all of the right places is key. In our blog, we provide advice and guidelines for many of the insulation issues you may struggle with. Today we’re focusing on some facts you may not have known about.

1. Insulation isn’t only about controlling temperatures.

When you think about insulation, normally you first think about the control of air flow. You want your home to be warm in winter and cool in the summer. Insulation works primarily by sealing up air leaks that are the number one culprit in wasting up to 40% of heating and cooling energy. So while insulation does work to ensure comfortable temperatures in your home, it also serves other purposes. It prevents moisture and insect—and other pest—infestations.  Homeowners who live in flood zones will want to make sure they choose insulation materials that resist moisture, such as spray foam. At Superior, we recommend spray foam for a variety of reasons including this. It also discourages pest infestations because it contains no materials that would be a food source for rodents and other unwanted guests.

2. If you go solar, skylights aren’t necessarily the answer.

For those homeowners who want to go green, you may have thought about installing skylights to reduce heating costs. But these can actually take a lot of energy. If you’re in a room that has a skylight, it can feel like a furnace. To avoid hot, uncomfortable rooms, consider tubular skylights in some of your interior rooms. They reduce energy loss, and actually perform better than skylights.

3. Sometimes it’s not about the insulation, but the structure and position of your house.

When you’re getting ready to buy a house, check beyond its aesthetic attributes. Notice the foundation. Is there a way for rainwater to drain away from the house? If not, it’s likely to cause flooding, particularly in the basement. There are some things you can do, such as installing gutters or adding extensions to downspouts to prevent this. Also, if you’re concerned about drafty rooms and energy efficiency, notice the orientation of the house. The ideal is to have the long axis running east to west with several windows along the south wall, with storage or darker rooms to the north. Whatever the house, pay attention to the way it’s situated and take note of where natural sunlight will flow in. When there’s plenty of light in a house, you’ll have automatic solar heating.

4. Insulation is not a DIY project.

Even though you may see pictures on the Internet of people with goggles trying to blow insulation into their attic, this is not a wise move. Although there are times when you can caulk or seal around windows and doors yourself, installing insulation is better left to professional contractors. They will know all the proper safety precautions to take, while you may accidentally put your family at risk, blowing chemicals around, into the living areas inside your home. Professionals will also know how much of a particular insulation material to use. For example, with spray foam, a little goes a long way. Not as much is required to achieve the desired density, whereas other materials like fiberglass require more. As a homeowner, the smartest thing you can do is to rely on the expertise of contractors who have worked with all types of homes and buildings—from residential to commercial—and who have years of experience. That’s what you can expect from the professionals at Superior Insulation Company.

Superior Insulation Company will work with you to identify the best products and methods for your insulation needs. Contact us today for more information.

Superior Insulation Company is an ABAA (Air Barrier Association of America) Certified Insulation Contractor.