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  • General

    • Where Is The Best Place To Put Insulation?
      According to the Department of Energy, the best places to insulate in a home are the attic, the exterior walls, the floors above unheated spaces, and the foundation walls. Insulating these areas can help improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and durability of your home. However, the type and amount of insulation you need may vary depending on your climate, house design, and personal preference. You can use the Home Energy Saver tool to get customized recommendations for your home. You can also consult a professional insulation contractor to get an expert opinion and installation service.
    • How Do I Know If My Home Needs New Insulation?
      Our experts can provide an accurate assessment of the state of your home’s insulation and energy efficiency with state-of-the-art technology and years of industry know-how. Give us a call to learn more!
    • How Much Insulation Do I Need?

      The amount of insulation needed for a home depends on several factors, such as the climate zone, the type of insulation, and the location of the insulation in the home. Here are some general guidelines to help you estimate how much insulation you need: Insulation levels are specified by R-value, which is a measure of insulation’s ability to resist heat traveling through it. The higher the R-value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation.

      The list below shows the recommended R-values for different climate zones and locations in the home, based on the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Residential Provisions.

      Climate Zone 1

      • Add Insulation to Attic Floor: R30
      • Wall Insulation (above the ground): R13
      • Basement or Crawlspace Wall Insulation: R5 or R13

      Climate Zone 2

      • Add Insulation to Attic Floor: R49
      • Wall Insulation (above the ground): R13
      • Basement or Crawlspace Wall Insulation: R5 or R13

      Climate Zone 3

      • Add Insulation to Attic Floor: R49
      • Wall Insulation (above the ground): R13 or R18
      • Basement or Crawlspace Wall Insulation: R5 or R13

      Climate Zone 4A and 4B

      • Add Insulation to Attic Floor: R60
      • Wall Insulation (above the ground): R19 or R24
      • Basement or Crawlspace Wall Insulation: R10 or R13

      Climate Zone 4C, 5 and 6

      • Add Insulation to Attic Floor: R60
      • Wall Insulation (above the ground): R19 or R24
      • Basement or Crawlspace Wall Insulation: R15 or R19

      Climate Zone 7 and 8

      • Add Insulation to Attic Floor: R60
      • Wall Insulation (above the ground): R19 or R24
      • Basement or Crawlspace Wall Insulation: R15 or R19


      You can also choose from different types of insulation materials, such as cellulose, denim, fiberglass, mineral wool, or spray foam. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, such as cost, environmental impact, fire resistance, and soundproofing.

    • How Much Will My Installation Cost?

      Prices vary from project to project. For an accurate assessment tailor-made to your home's needs, give our team a call today! You can also discover additional insights on why spray foam is worth the cost by visiting our blog.

    • How Long Will My Installation Take?

      That depends on the project. An entire house can be a multi-day process while a 1,000 square foot attic could take as few as a couple hours. Schedule a consultation with us to find out more!

    • Why Use Spray Foam?

      Spray foam has been rated to have the highest efficiency and R-value when compared to other insulation (like batt fiberglass). Furthermore, spray foam's intuitive design allows it to create an airtight seal even in tricky and problematic spaces. It has been proven to keep out air pollutants and help soundproof buildings.

  • Services

    • Is Spray Foam Insulation Flammable?

      Yes, spray foam insulation is considered flammable. No matter what a salesperson may try to convince you of, all foam plastic materials must be considered flammable in accordance with the IBC (international building code). However, it’s important to note that different manufacturers of spray foam insulation offer different levels of flammability.

    • Is Borate Safe For Humans?

      Yes, the U.S. government has certified that borate is safe when used as part of home or commercial insulation.

    • Is Blow-In Insulation Better Than Rolls Or Batts?

      Yes, because it fills in gaps better and has a higher R-value. Cellulose insulation carries an R-value of 3.8 per inch, while batts and rolls typically have an R-value of 3.2 per inch. This means that the more inches of insulation you add, the better it insulates versus the same thickness of batts or rolls.

    • What R-Value Do I Need?
      R-value requirements are typically based on local code regulation. In many climates, common R-values are R-13, R-19 and R-21 for walls and R-30, R-38, and R-49 for attics. An appropriate R-value is necessary to get optimal performance from a building envelope but having an air barrier in direct contact with the insulation, as in the case of spray foam, is even more important than the R-value. Energy analysis can be used to document the projected performance of a residential or commercial project based on various design factors including the insulation, air leakage rates, windows, orientation, and HVAC.
    • Is Blow-In Insulation Fire Resistant?

      Yes, many types of insulation contain borate, which has fire-resistant properties. The best blow-in insulation brands have a Class A fire rating, which is the best rating you can find for reducing the spread of fire. This rating means a type of insulation withstands fire than other classifications.

    • What Is Blow-In Insulation Made Of?

      The best products are made of recycled paper materials, such as newspaper or cardboard. Other materials are made of glass or waste minerals.

    • If It Burns, Is The Smoke Dangerous?

      Inhaling smoke results in a lack of oxygen and all smoke is dangerous, spray foam is no different. Breathing in smoke from burning foam is not recommended.

    • What Is Spray Foam Insulation Made Of

      Spray Foam Insulation is commonly referred to as SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam) and is comprised of two liquids: an “A” side and a “B” side. The “A” side of a spray polyurethane system is usually comprised of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and polymeric methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (pMDI). The “B” side is typically a blend of polyols, catalysts, blowing agent, flame retardant, and surfactant, although the chemical compounds vary per manufacturer. The “A” side & “B” side chemicals come in separate drums, and when combined, a chemical reaction forms the polyurethane spray foam.

    • What Is Insulation And What Is It Made Of?
      Fiberglass: Fiberglass is made from fine glass fibers and is most often used in batts, rolls and loose-fill insulation. Fiberglass is a good choice for insulating walls, ceilings, attics, and floors.

      Fiberglass has a high R-value, which means it resists heat flow well. Fiberglass is also fire-resistant and moisture resistant.

      Cellulose: Cellulose is made from recycled paper, wood or plant fibers and is usually blown into wall cavities or attics as loose-fill insulation. Cellulose is a good option for insulating existing homes, as it can fill the gaps and cracks in the walls. Cellulose has a moderate to high R-value and is treated with chemicals to make it fire-resistant and pest resistant.

      Foam: Foam insulation can be either rigid foam boards or spray foam. Foam boards are made from polystyrene, polyisocyanurate or polyurethane and are used to insulate walls, roofs, foundations, and floors. Spray foam is made from liquid chemicals that expand and harden when sprayed into a space. Spray foam can be used to insulate any area of the home, as it conforms to the shape of the space and creates an airtight seal. Foam insulation has a high R-value and can also reduce air leaks and moisture problems.

      Batt Insulation: Batt insulation is a type of insulation that comes in pre-cut, rectangular sheets made from different materials, such as fiberglass, mineral wool, or natural fibers. It is designed to fit between wall studs, floor joists, or ceiling rafters, creating a barrier that prevents the transfer of heat or cold. Batt insulation is one of the most common and affordable types of insulation for residential and commercial buildings. It can have different R-values, which measure the insulation’s thermal resistance, depending on the thickness and material of the batts.
    • How Long Will Spray Foam Last?

      Spray foam insulation is a polyurethane foam, a type of plastic, like the foam used in your couch, car seat and bed. As a plastic, spray foam does not sag, settle, or deteriorate and is expected to outlast the life of the building.

    • What Is R Rating?
      R rating in insulation is a measure of how well the insulation can resist heat flow. The higher the R rating, the better the insulation is at keeping your home warm in winter and cool in summer. R rating stands for thermal resistance, which means how much the insulation material can slow down the transfer of heat between the inside and outside of your home. Different types of insulation have different R ratings per inch of thickness, and you can also increase the R rating by adding more layers of insulation. The recommended R rating for your home depends on your climate zone and the part of your home you want to insulate.
    • What Is Blow-In Insulation?

      This type of home insulation refers to thick clumps of thick material filling the gaps in walls and on attic floors to improve heat exchange in your building.

    • Does Spray Foam Burn?

      Yes, like most building products, spray foam will burn in the presence of a flame. However, SPF is a thermoset material and will char and flake when burned, it will not melt and drip like a foam coffee cup. Additionally, most commercially available spray foams, intended for use in construction applications, meet Class I fire standards with a flame spread index of less than 25 and a smoke developed index of less than 450.