Atlantic Spray Systems at the Richmond Home Show

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is delighted to participate in the upcoming Richmond Home Show, scheduled October 12 and 13 at the Richmond Raceway Complex! This popular annual show includes all of the exhibitors you want to meet when planning to make your home more efficient and more beautiful too! Stop by and see us in person, and we’ll answer address all of your questions and curiosities regarding home insulation, energy audits and increasing efficiency! We can’t wait to meet you in person – visit the show’s website for details, parking information, hours and more! http://richmondhomeshow.com

 

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The Big Burn: The Truth About Cellulose Insulation

Concerned about the safety of Cellulose Insulation in the event of fire? This video documents the results of fire safety tests on the insulation, which may surprise you with its fire resistant effects:

The Big Burn: The Truth About Cellulose Insulation

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Can I Insulate My Older Brick Home?

In the 1950’s, brick ranchers were all the rage, and many are still found today. Unfortunately, they weren’t built for maximum energy efficiency, and tend to be plagued with cold walls and other uncomfortable conditions. While some homeowners are willing to invest the time and money to completely upgrade their brick rancher’s insulation, we always consider a multi-step approach to solve the problems while sensitively addressing your overall investment.

One of the less invasive approaches is to seal the top plates in the attic. Cold air drops through here and many homeowners don’t realize that their cold walls aren’t necessarily because they need a higher “R-Value” in their walls, but actually due to the air infiltrating from the attic. The same can be true of the crawl space, so encapsulating that region can also create dramatic improvements and stop the house from drawing up the cold air.

In other cases, air leaks through the outlets and windows. We recommend homeowners attempt to seal up their windows with good silicone, and address other penetrations. Socket gaskets are inexpensive, easy to install and work well, and we often recommend them.

Of course, if necessary, we can drill into brick walls and install spray foam insulation in the space between the exterior and interior walls. This is the most invasive approach, however, and should be the last considered when attempting to improve the comfort and efficiency of an older brick home.

If you would like to know more, please contact us at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

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Planning to Remodel? Consider Upgrading Your Insulation at the Same Time.

Are you planning to remodel part, or much, of your home soon? The ideal time to consider upgrading your insulation is before you begin construction.

As you plan your improvements, schedule an assessment of your home’s efficiency. An energy audit can reveal many different adjustments you can make that could result in savings on your power bill as well as a more efficient home. Let our specialists perform a blower door test and create a custom list of modifications that you can carefully consider during your remodel.

If you are considering encapsulating your attic or conditioning your crawl space, wouldn’t you prefer to do these things as your other contractors finish their construction and rewiring? Plan ahead so you can have your old insulation safely and neatly removed, and new insulation installed before repainting and refinishing occurs.

Upgraded insulation is the perfect complement to today’s new materials and new technology. During your remodel, your contractors are likely to use other, more energy efficient appliances and products. By tightening the envelope of your home, preventing conditioned air from leaking out and contaminated, unconditioned air from seeping in, you can create a safer home environment that promotes durability and even improves the value of your property.

It’s easy to get started. Just call our professionals at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and we’ll help you make a plan to efficiently and comfortably upgrade your insulation. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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Combating Seasonal Allergies at Home

Allergy Season is officially here and homeowners will soon begin the daily battle to keep their air clean and healthy for their families. While the onslaught of different pollens, as well as the proliferation of dust mites won’t soon end, there are steps you can take to make your home a true shelter against aggravating allergens.

Many people fail to recognize the relationship between crawl spaces and seasonal allergens. In many homes, air is drawn into the house from the crawl space, bringing with it all of the natural grime that collects there from plants and pests over time. Additionally, many homes have dusty attics which are also a source of inside air.

One recommendation you should consider is having your old insulation removed. A professional will vacuum it out and execute what is actually a very clean process. Reject any contractor who plans to bag up the insulation and drag it through your home – the transfer will only make conditions worse. Installing new, clean insulation, and replacing old fiberglass insulation with spray foam insulation creates a cleaner interior and fewer allergies!

You might also consider one of our favorite newer products, the EZ Breathe Ventilation System. This energy efficient system creates an air exchange that expels contaminants from your home and draws clean, healthy, air throughout your rooms increasing your family’s comfort and safety. Paired with clean insulation and encapsulated crawl spaces and/or attics, your home can be the perfect sanctuary against seasonal allergens! Have questions? Contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

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Spray Foam Insulation and Roof Shingles – Dispelling Myths

There is a common misconception among homeowners that having spray foam insulation installed underneath the roof causes too much heat to build up under shingles, leading to damage or invalidating the shingle warranty. The truth is that heat does build up under shingles, but the rise in temperature is negligible.

It is true that you can never install fiberglass insulation up against your roof; however the reason is that air can pass through the insulation and cause condensation to build up under the shingles. Spray foam insulation does not trap air against the shingles so the dew point is irrelevant. In the past, contractors ventilated the roof to allow moisture to escape, not heat. A misunderstanding of the process led consumers and even manufacturers to back away from spray foaming near the roof.

Today, many shingle manufacturers accept spray foam insulation and understand that it creates a superior, tight environment that makes homes more comfortable and efficient. You can now have your contractor help you choose a shingle manufacturer that will warrant its products without worrying that your choice of the best foam products will jeopardize your roof’s integrity and longevity.

If you are planning to have your home re-roofed, or are building a new home, consult with your spray foam insulation specialist today to help you formulate the very best plan for your property.

Benefits of Upgrading Your Insulation During Roof Replacement

Are you planning to replace your roof or have you just had it replaced? Now is the best time to consult with a spray foam insulation expert and consider conditioning your attic for a more comfortable and more energy efficient home.

During the re-roofing process you will have contractors in the attic space. It is best to check for energy loss right after the roof is complete. An inspection of the space will reveal whether roofing contractors left messy asphalt that needs to be evacuated from the area. It is also the prime opportunity to do mechanical repairs and replacements, a first step in fixing potential leaks.

If you have fiberglass insulation in place, know that it has a shelf life of maybe 10 years, if installed properly. Have it checked once your new roof is complete and consider spray foam as a longer-lasting, more effective alternative.

Is your house 10 years or even 20 years old? So much has changed with the energy code that what was installed even 5 years ago isn’t up to current standards. If you are undertaking a major renovation like re-roofing, it will benefit you in terms of comfort, efficiency, and energy expenses to contact an insulation expert and make sure that you understand how a properly conditioned attic could improve your quality of life.

Contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and we’ll schedule a consultation to review your options with you soon!

Is Your New Home Truly Energy Efficient?

Homeowners are increasingly aware of the latest terminology in home efficiency: energy audits, carbon footprints, air barriers, and more. If your home was built in the last decade, you might assume that the builders integrated the most current technology and met the latest standards.

However, unless you custom built your home with a highly responsible contractor and unless you purchased a premium insulation package, you may be wrong. Not only have standards and available solutions evolved enormously in the past few years, but there are, unfortunately, many builders who are more concerned with the bottom line than responsible practices. Your insulation, as well as your devices, may not be the highest grade. Your home may be less efficient and your energy bills higher than you suspect.

If you truly want to know how efficient your home is, and how much energy and money you might save in the future if you make modifications today, you need to schedule an energy audit now. Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is certified to provide this critical service that reveals everything from minor modifications that you can make yourself to larger scale improvements that will not only improve your comfort and quality of life, but will also improve your home’s integrity.

Our technicians will begin with a consultation to determine your concerns. A blower door test and inspection will allow us to produce a report of areas that could be improved along with recommendations for how to proceed if you decide to pursue any changes. A test after you are done with all of the recommended tasks you choose to undertake reveals how much energy you will save due to your actions. In some cases, utility companies, local and federal government agencies may even offer you rebates or tax incentives for making such modifications.

Owners of newer homes understandably believe that their properties meet the highest possible standards. You’ve already made an investment in your future by purchasing new – protect your investment and give yourself peace of mind by taking simple steps to confirm that your home is truly the responsible, comfortable and cost-efficient space you expect it to be. Contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

The Barriers that Protect Your Home: Water, Vapor and Air

In home construction there are three barriers that can be critical to preserving the integrity of your property over its lifespan: water, vapor and air. Knowing the difference between the three will help you choose the best products and applications to ensure that your home is energy efficient, comfortable and structurally sound for years to come.

According to the Air Barrier Association of America, air barriers, vapor barriers and water barriers each have a different function to perform in a building assembly. Air Barriers “stop movement of air into or out of a conditioned space”. Materials that prevent such movement are measured in factors “air permeance”, with a lower number indicating that a material is a better barrier than a higher number.

Vapor Barriers “slow or reduce the movement of water vapor through a material.” Vapor barrier materials are installed on the warm side of a wall assembly, most often determined by your climate. In warm climates, for example, the barrier is installed on the outside of a building and in cold climates it is installed on the inside.

Water Resistive Barriers are installed on the outside of a building and are intended to prevent bulk water leakage through and into a building’s sheathing or concrete walls and into their wall assembly. The most effective water resistive barriers are usually installed in the form of a membrane or covering fastened to the outside of the home (before finishing siding or exterior covering is installed).

Spray Foam Insulation is recommended to prevent the leakage of both air and vapor into and out of your conditioned home. By stopping this exchange, you protect your property from the damaging effects of moisture that can seep into your building materials, and you can also increase the efficiency of your HVAC system creating a more comfortable, energy efficient environment and lower utility bills. Paired with a good water resistive barrier, air and vapor barriers can substantially extend the lifespan of your building materials and the overall quality and value of your home over time.

When planning your new build or remodel, don’t forget to address your particular air, vapor and water barrier needs. If you want to learn more about the types of barriers that can help keep your home safe and comfortable, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and we’ll be happy to review your options with you!

Air Barrier Association of America

In our recent Colonial Courthouse article we mentioned the Air Barrier Association of America and wanted to share a little more about this organization, its goals and benefits.

The mission of the Air Barrier Association of America is to be the recognized voice of the air barrier industry. The members consist of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, architects, engineers, contractors, researchers, testing and audit agencies, consultants and building owners. The ABAA evaluates the latest research on energy efficiency and air barrier technologies and follows the creation and progression of energy and building legislation. The organization creates industry standards and provides education to ensure that customers are able to easily locate top quality providers of air barrier-related services.

We at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. believe that following new research, keeping track of related legislation, and pursuing continuing education are all essential components of being the best local choice for your air barrier installation. Our membership in the Air Barrier Association of America is just one of the ways that we pursue excellence on behalf of the clients who trust us with their insulation needs.

If you have questions about your home or commercial property’s energy efficiency and possible improvements to your own air barrier, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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