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Green EnergyWhat is R-Value

R-Value is the industry standard for measuring the insulating power of any material; the higher the R-Value the better it insulates.

What R-Values are recommended for homes in the Midwest?

Attic: R-49 to R-60
Cathedral Ceilings: R-30 to R-60
Side Walls: R-13 to R-21
Floors: R-25 to R-30
Insulation Sheathing: R-5 to R-6

Are there any incentives available to insulate?

Check for federal incentives at: www.energystar.gov. Also check your local utilities website or call their office to find out what incentives they have available.

What are the sound control benefits?

Since sound waves are transmitted through the air, adding insulation will increase your home's structural density and decrease sound from being transmitted.

What are the main types of insulation to choose from?

The three main products used to insulate are Spray Foam, Fiberglass and Cellulose.

Which product is the best?

Great scientific advances have been made to Spray Foam in recent years and it's considered the top-of-the-line product for insulating. However, every insulation job has its own unique set of requirements and every home owner has their own budget guidelines. Fiberglass and Cellulose are both proven and effective forms of insulation and are often better suited for re-insulating than Spray Foam. To make an informed decision, it's extremely important to first talk to a knowledgeable installer, so you can learn exactly what options are best for you.

Why is Polyurethane Spray Foam so popular?

Polyurethane Foam delivers high R-Values and creates a seamless building envelope because it's an air barrier and a vapor retarder. There is another benefit of using Closed-Cell Polyurethane Foam; Closed-Cell foam permanently bonds to the surface it's sprayed on, increasing the building's structural integrity.

Polyurethane Spray Foam InsulationIs Polyurethane Spray Foam expensive?

The answer depends on if you want an immediate or long-term return on investment. Yes, Spray Foam is initially more expensive; but considering the compounded savings on every monthly energy bill for the entire time you live in your home, plus the increased resale value of your home, it's by far your best long-term investment for energy savings.

Is Polyurethane Spray Foam environmentally friendly?

Yes, there are no better products available to reduce a building's energy consumption and in turn reduce it's carbon footprint. Polyurethane products redyce waste in landfills and some high-tech Spray Foams also contain recycled ingredients, along with soy and vegetable oils, so they are truly "green" products.

At what time in the building process is Polyurethane Spray Foam installed?

Spray Foam insulation is installed during the same poin of the buidling process as other traditional forms of insulation, like Fiberglass and Cellulose. Typically Spray Foam is installed after the rough plumbing, electrical wiring and the heating/aire conditioning ducts have been installed, but before the interior walls are sheet rocked. In some cases Spray Foam can be applied to existing buildings, to the inside of roofs and under floors after the construction has been completed.

Will sealing my home lead to indoor air quality problems?

Every home needs to be well ventilated too. Home design professionals advise you to seal the structure as air tight as possible and provide the needed ventilation through the heating and air conditioning system. Modern systems employ an air exchanger that pre-conditions the fresh air so it's comfortable, regardless of the outside temperature.