Archives for February 2012

Update: James City County Building Inspector’s Project

We are excited to share that we have been selected to insulate the new Building Inspector’s building in James City County. We are honored to once again work with David Nice Builders on an important local project.

Closed Cell Foam: What You Need to Know

One of the products that Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. recommends is closed cell spray polyurethane foam, for use in new construction as well as buildings requiring energy solutions and renovation. The foam is sprayed on to surfaces as a liquid, and then expands to many times its normal size to adequately fill and seal spaces. While its application is more expensive than some types of insulation, the value is much higher as closed cell spray foam is far more durable and energy efficient.

Many people wonder if spray foam is safe and environmentally friendly. The products that Atlantic Spray uses are manufactured from renewable materials (one product is even made from Soy!) and contain non-ozone-depleting chemicals. It is a lifetime product that doesn’t need replacement and therefore does not need to end up in landfills or as waste. Applied, it encourages superior energy efficiency in homes and therefore reduces the use of fossil fuels to regulate home temperatures.

Insulation’s value is measured in “R-value per square inch”. Spray foam has the highest R-value of any commercially available insulation product. Homeowners benefit from more useable space as the foam doesn’t have to be applied as thick as some products to achieve the same R-value. It can be applied to roofs and exposed surfaces as long as it is given a protective coating or covering. It is widely used and well tested, and is a “lifetime” product.

When you’re considering your insulation options, ask your expert about the benefits and value of installing closed cell spray foam and find out if you would benefit from a lasting investment in quality materials. At Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc., we’re ready and waiting to introduce you to one of our favorite products: closed cell polyurethane spray foam! Call us today!

Update: Buckingham Elementary Nearly Complete

In 2011 we announced that we were selected to retrofit Buckingham Elementary School by installing a closed cell foam air barrier on the exterior walls. We are delighted to share that Buckingham is almost complete. The improvement provides the older school with a huge energy upgrade and will make the building much more efficient.

7 Questions to Help You Choose Your Crawl Space Expert

When searching for someone to insulate your crawl space, it’s not uncommon to encounter quite a few “crawl space specialists”. They claim to be the most knowledgeable resource for the task, and coincidentally boast the highest prices.

Scratch the surface of many of these “specialists” however, and you’ll find that some take unacceptable shortcuts and use substandard materials. Do your research. If you know the right questions to ask and the right qualifications to seek, you can actually end up with a better product at a better price.

Here are some basic questions that can help you determine if you are selecting the best provider for your crawl space treatment:

1. Will you remove all of the existing insulation and trash? The correct answer is yes, all of the trash and existing insulation must be removed. If any is left behind, it could promote mold growth or puncture the vapor barrier.

2. What thickness of vapor barrier will you install? The answer should be a minimum of 12 ML and it should be reinforced.

3. How do you handle seams in the crawl space? The provider should explain to you that they will properly tape the seams to ensure that the space is 100% sealed. Air infiltration can cause moisture and mold growth and taping the seams helps prevent this. This process is time consuming, and is a potential short cut that should concern you.

4. How will you prepare the foundation wall? A combination of closed cell spray foam needs to be applied to the exterior foundation wall.

5. How will you address the access to my crawl space? The door to your crawl space needs to be insulated and weather-stripped for an airtight seal.

6. What will happen to my existing foundation vents? The existing foundation vents should be sealed from the inside.

7. How do you condition the crawl space? If there is existing duct work, the crawl space will be pressurized from the inside with a small register to dump air.

Invest your time in some basic research into the process of insulating your crawl space and be familiar with the procedures as well as the questions that distinguish a professional from someone with fewer qualifications. Your study time will be rewarded with better choices, better services and a better finished product.

Of course, you can always start by calling Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. Our friendly experts will guide you through everything you need to know! Start your project by calling us at 757-566-4892 or 804-551-0196.