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.

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!

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.

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.