Applying Spray Foam to Turn Your Quonset Hut into Useable Space

Do you use a Quonset hut for extra storage or workspace? Many people have these prefabricated units on their properties, but find them frustrating in less-than-ideal weather, or unreliable for sensitive storage away from elements like moisture, excessive heat and even pests.

Applying spray foam insulation to the walls and ceiling of your Quonset hut, however, can turn it into a completely functional space with increased building integrity and comfort. Properly finished, a Quonset hut is usable to store valuable items away from weather elements and can even be used as living space. The foam layer keeps condensation out in the hot months when the metal is so radiant that it has a huge effect on the internal temperature. The layer doesn’t even have to be super thick, just a few inches turns the building into an insulated space.

No other insulation material can convert a Quonset hut the way spray foam can. The roofs are general corrugated making it almost impossible to adhere traditional solid insulation sufficiently. If you could install it, the likelihood that it would fall off within a year is high. A few inches of closed cell foam can make a permanent and dramatic difference.

Make sure you check with a couple of insulation specialists before determining who to use to insulate your Quonset hut. Call us at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and we’ll be happy to evaluate your building and offer you a quote.

Spray Foam and Noise Control

You already knew that an application of spray foam insulation can increase the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your utility bills substantially, but did you also realize that it can help control noise?

The creation of an air barrier in your home can prevent noise transmission, adding yet another layer of comfort to your surroundings. Airborne sound transmission is minimized. If you experience a high level of noise spillover from your family room, for example, and your television or other entertainment equipment, spray foam can seal the cracks and crevices that allow sound and vibrations to escape, containing the noise and improving the comfort of surrounding rooms. An application of spray foam insulation can actually increase the value of your home simply by creating independent living spaces that accommodate the kind of noisy lifestyle today’s families experience every day.

Spray foam is often used in commercial properties like office buildings and even schools to mitigate noise problems. If you have sound concerns and would like to find out if spray foam insulation can help, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today and schedule a free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

Atlantic Spray Joins SPFA

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. recently added membership in the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) to its list of professional associations. We constantly seek new ways to expand our knowledge base, increase access to new technology and products and provide you with leading-edge service and superior results. Our membership in SPFA supports our efforts towards these goals.

SPFA was formed in 1987 and develops tool to educate the industry and consumers about spray polyurethane products, and helps set standards of use. The organization provides training and certification, engages in research and promotes spray foam usage at expos and conventions. SPFA also identifies relevant regulatory and legislative activities, and through its affiliation with the Centers for Polyurethane Industry (CPI) provides coordinates responses and action to any proposed changes.

Members of SPFA are industry leaders who care about consumers and the information available to them. Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. takes an active role in educating our local homeowners and commercial property managers about the ways that spray foam insulation can increase the energy efficiency, structural integrity, comfort and economy of each building. We know that staying informed, training our management and staff, and pursuing every possible opportunity to learn more about advances in our products ultimately helps you get the results you deserve, and we are more than happy to invest our time and resources in great organizations like SPFA.

If you are considering a spray foam insulation product for your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

Are You Losing Money Through the Roof?

Welcome winter weather! All over Virginia, homeowners are starting to turn on heater systems and preparing for cold days ahead. No matter how old or new your home is, if your attic is not properly insulated, you are quite literally losing money through your roof!

Fiberglass insulation provides a minimum standard of protection from heat loss and air transfer. It has a limited lifespan and should be replaced approximately every ten years. It does not conform to the spaces where it is installed, leaving gaps and spaces where air can creep in (and out).

Electricity prices are at a premium these days and most homeowners would prefer to avoid sending their precious heat out into the world. An expert application of spray foam insulation seals attic spaces and carries a lifetime warranty. The result is lower heating bills and more comfortable living spaces.

If the idea of spending less for better results is appealing to you, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today to schedule a visual check of your attic and crawl spaces. We’ll be happy to give you a general estimate and address all of your insulation and weatherization concerns. Call us today!

Avoid Frozen Pipes – Weatherization Advice from Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc.

One of the most common concerns when winter arrives is freezing pipes – no one wants to experience the inconvenience and damage that can occur when the weather turns. There are measures you can take that will dramatically improve your chances of avoiding frozen pipes and give you peace of mind year-round.

If you experience freezing temperatures, even applying insulation to your pipes directly won’t help in the coldest weather. The only way to ensure that your pipes function regardless of temperature is to condition your crawl space. An application of spray foam on the walls paired with heavy plastic along the perimeter will encapsulate the space and prevent heat loss and the intrusion of cold air. Spray foam insulation is the most reliable solution in cold weather. And, as extra benefits, it can prevent cold floors and help maintain more reasonable temperatures in hard-to-heat rooms.

Spray foam comes at a higher initial cost than other methods of insulation, although it also acts to increase the energy efficiency of your home, reduce heating and cooling bills and comes with a lifetime warranty. Additionally, it allows more efficient and inexpensive heating of water throughout the colder months. When heat is dissipated in the crawl space from the pipes, it stays in the conditioned space without escaping the seal of the house.

Still, some homeowners may want or need to consider insulating their pipes with tube foam and duct tape as a more affordable alternative. Insulating with this method is definitely better than leaving your pipes exposed, and Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. can still help. We would be happy to help you evaluate your options and choose the one that is best for your home and budget. Contact us today – we look forward to speaking with you!

Cold Floors in the Morning? Weatherization Tips from Atlantic Spray

It’s “that” time of year again. Mornings are crisp and sweaters are emerging from the depths of every closet. A common morning complaint can be heard once again – “our floors are so cold!” Thankfully, there is a solution that can not only alleviate this uncomfortable situation, but also improve the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Cold floors in a home are the result of under-insulated crawl spaces. Where fiberglass insulation exists instead of spray foam, air infiltration occurs letting your valuable heat escape and frigid air to creep in. If your floors are uncomfortably cold throughout the winter you should seriously consider conditioning your crawl space with spray foam insulation.

Unlike fiberglass, spray foam conforms to the space in which it is applied, including the cracks and gaps that are common in crawl spaces. By eliminating these openings, you seal the envelope of the space. As a bonus, conditioned crawl spaces help keep pests out of your home too!

If cold floors and rooms that seem impossible to heat are your concern, call us today and schedule an assessment of your property. Let us help you find ways to make your home a true shelter from the coming cold weather and the perfect cozy spot to spend your winter mornings. Find us at www.atlanticspray.com.

James City County Attic Encapsulation Project

We recently completed a spray foam attic encapsulation project at James City County’s Development and Planning building.

A blower door test revealed that the envelope of the building was extremely leaky and the air conditioning systems could not keep up enough to keep the occupants of the building comfortable. A leaky envelope costs more than just comfort – it costs real dollars as users overtax their HVAC system in hopes of creating a suitable work or home environment.

We encapsulated the attic of the building with spray foam which will take the latent load off of the air conditioning resulting in a much cooler and more energy efficient building! Taxpayers and employees alike benefit from the encapsulation.

If your HVAC system “should” be sufficient to keep your home or business comfortable, but you find that it is underperforming, the first thing you should do is schedule an “Energy Audit” or blower-door test. We will evaluate the current envelope and give you lots of practical advice for improving the energy efficiency of your property. Just like James City County, you too could find yourself saving money and energy while enjoying maximum comfort in your space. Call Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today!

FEMA and Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation Applications

You are familiar now with the use of Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation to reduce energy consumption, save money on utilities and improve the comfort of your home. Did you know, though, that FEMA condones the use of Sprayed Closed-Cell Foam Insulation to help resist the damaging effects of flooding?

According to FEMA, the foam which is used in wall cavities where it expands and hardens creating an air barrier, “offers acceptable flood resistance” to homes in flood-prone areas. The organization further sites that “Tests have shown that sprayed foam insulation can improve the strength of structural framing systems and connections.” The foam is not only highly water-resistant and effective, but it is quicker to apply than traditional “batting-style” insulation, which is critical in areas where large recovery or prevention efforts are ongoing.

FEMA does point out that to create a flood-resistant structure, there are other construction considerations that must be taken into account, including the use of approved materials and framing patterns.

Additional testing has also concluded that closed-cell foam is not only an effective product for damage mitigation during floods, but also helps homes withstand high wind, useful in regions prone to hurricanes. It has even been shown to prevent the uplift effect that results in massive roof damage and separation.

Closed Cell Spray Foam has many different applications that improve your quality of living and the safety and stability of your home. If you are interested in learning about attic encapsulation, basement barriers or any of the other available uses for closed cell spray foam insulation, contact our team of experts at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today.

Resource: FEMA Technical Fact Sheet No. 1.8 (accessible at www.fema.gov)

Weatherizing Older, Low-Income Homes | Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc.

Weatherization of older, low-income homes is a critical improvement that not only prolongs the life of the structure but helps the homeowner reduce energy costs. These residents often have fewer resources to make regular repairs and perform major maintenance on their properties and the homes deteriorate with age. When your priority is basic survival, it is easy to sacrifice the costs required to keep a home optimally energy efficient and safe.

Moisture issues, in particular, plague low-income housing. Weaknesses in the air seal allow condensation to creep in and promote the growth of mold which can be highly hazardous to residents’ health. This is particularly devastating in a population with limited access to health care. In response, many communities and organizations have set aside funds to improve the energy efficiency of low-income housing, and Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is often called upon to assist.

If your older home’s energy demands are draining your resources, or if you simply want to do your part to save fossil fuels by increasing efficiency, contact Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. and ask about your weatherization options today.

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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!