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Insulation Removal

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Insulation | 0 comments

It is sometimes necessary to remove old or damaged insulation before properly air sealing or insulating an attic. This is usually necessary if there has been a leak or fire resulting in water or smoke damage. The insulation removal process is most often done with an industrial caliber vacuum made specifically for removing insulation. Although it’s never an easy job, these vacuums provide for a fairly quick and efficient process in removing the insulation.

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Proper Attic Ventilation

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Insulation | 0 comments

It is extremely important for your home’s attic to have an adequate amount of ventilation. Ideally, air enters the attic at the lowest point, which is known as the eave or soffit, and exits at the highest point, which is known as the ridge. So, if you are building a new home, you definitely want to plan to install soffit vents at your eaves, and a continuous ridge vent at your ridge. If you have an existing home, you may look to add soffit vents and a ridge vent if possible, or an alternative to the ridge vent is to install flat roof vents on upper side of the roof near the ridge, to create the air flow exit. Another important component to create this air flow is the...

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Air Sealing

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Insulation | 0 comments

One of the most important methods to create an energy efficient building is to seal all points of air infiltration. This is most commonly necessary in leaky areas around windows, doors, electrical outlets, plumbing and wood to wood joints on exterior walls. It can be achieved through a variety of techniques, such as caulking, foaming, or stuffing insulation into these leaky areas. Silicone Caulk.(Manufacturer: BOSS, Foam Manufacturer: Tytan or Soudal)

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Spray Foam

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There are a couple different types of spray foam, open-cell spray foam and closed-cell spray foam. Both create great air seals when applied, but the difference is in R-Value. Open-cell has an R-Value of roughly 4.0 per inch. Closed-cell has an R-Value of roughly 6.2 to 7.0 per inch, depending on the manufacturer. The other main difference is that closed-cell spray foam can create a good vapor barrier, open-cell cannot. (Manufacturer: Lapolla Industries, Product: Foam-Lok)

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Acoustical Spray and Metal Building Spray-on

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Insulation | 0 comments

This product is made from 100% recycled newspaper and cardboard content, and is used largely on metal buildings, gymnasiums and auditoriums. It is a versatile product that can be used for thermal, vapor barrier, or acoustical needs. (Manufacturer: International Cellulose Corporation, Product: K13)

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