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.

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!

Dehumidification: End Health Concerns and Property Damage by Conditioning Your Home Environment

Many people experience harmful or annoying effects of moisture in the air of their homes and don’t even know it is happening. You can easily see evidence of excess moisture, however, when warm air hits the coldest spot on your walls – usually, your windows. Condensation is the product of these conditions and can be one of the first warning signs indicating that you need to increase air circulation and decrease moisture in your home environment.

Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. now offers the E-Z Breathe Ventilation System to help fix this problem and save your family the discomfort and damage that excess moisture, as well as contaminants and stale can cause. The system draws air throughout the home and expels stale, contaminated and moist air so what remains is healthier and less damaging to your house and family.

E-Z Breathe also helps regulate temperatures in your home. It works in conjunction with optimized spaces such as encapsulated crawl spaces and conditioned attics to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of your home. All you need is E-Z breathe and an operating HVAC system and you’ll soon enjoy some of the purest home air available.

If you would like more information about E-Z Breathe, contact us at 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.

Owner of Older Home Surprised by Utility Savings

Our BPI Certified Building Analyst and Production Manager, Bart Bonnano, recently audited an older home that was super leaky. The homeowner actually considered her utility bills reasonable, but we were able to make modifications that brought the home down from 17000 CFMs to around 4200. She will now recognize amazing savings on her monthly utilities and will also be contributing to a healthier environment.

While the blower door was running in the home, we sealed up several areas including the back sides of the kneewalls with rigid foam, which resulted in significant reductions in air leakage. There were cam lights and other penetrations through the attic that were foamed, and the HVAC system had several leakages in the distributor. The ductwork was sealed up with Mastic. After the repairs, the homeowner actually noticed more air coming out of the HVAC register creating a much more comfortable room (no more wasted air unnecessarily cooling the attic!).

Many people think that having a cool attic is the sign of a good home, when in truth, most are wasting energy cooling the space with their HVAC system when they could be more effectively cooling their homes. Energy Auditing with Blower Door Testing is an affordable and effective way to assess your home’s efficiency and potentially save you money and energy. Contact our BPI-Certified Analyst at Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. today to set up your Home Energy Audit!

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Recovery through Retrofit Loan Program – James City County

You may not realize it, but low-to-medium income home owners in James City County have access to funds that can enable them to increase their home’s energy efficiency and decrease their monthly utility bills. Qualifying borrowers can take advantage of maximum 5-year term, currently 0%, home improvement loans through the “Recovery Through Retrofit Loan Program”.

There is an application required of each interested home owner. Loan recipients must agree to have an “Energy Audit” performed by a BPSI-certified technician to evaluate possible energy improvements, as well as an exit audit to prove that modifications resulted in at least a 20% energy savings. The application is available online and must be accompanied by a $20 processing fee. The loans are made possible by a grant received by James City County in 2010 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. $210,000 in funds have been earmarked to help home owners make these vital and community-enhancing improvements.

Loan recipients may include the costs of their pre- and post-renovation audits in their loans. Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. is a program-approved provider of Energy Audits and is certified by BPSI to perform the required Blower Door tests and additional evaluations. You can (and are encouraged to) seek pre-approval before ordering the initial test to ensure you qualify.

Loans amounts range from $500 to $10,000, and are currently offered at 0% interest (the agencies responsible for administering the funds may need to increase that at some point, so apply now). Once the loan is approved and closed the interest rate cannot change.

If you have additional questions about the loan process, we encourage you to seek out all of the applicable information on the James City County website dedicated to the loan program. When you are ready to request your energy audit and find out what kinds of repairs can turn your home into an efficient, comfortable and safer environment, contact us and our experts will explain the entire process and schedule an assessment at your convenience!

Guest Post: Controlling Air Infiltration

Today, we are pleased to feature a guest post by Jeff Fisher of JH Fisher Construction, Inc. Thank you Jeff for your insight!

Have you ever been in a home and noticed air blowing through the power receptacles on the walls? What you experienced is a symptom of the failure to control air infiltration during construction or repair.

While basic insulation of walls tremendously slows the rate of temperature transfer, there are many specific points that need to be inspected and covered that frequently are not. Some contractors will leave holes in your plywood sheathing assuming that the gaps will be covered by Tyvek house wrap and siding – these penetrations create weak points, however, and must be repaired. The plywood exterior should be complete with no voids into the frame.

There are other measures you can take to ensure that you are ideally controlling air infiltration. When house wrap is installed, make sure it is done per recommendations. There needs to be sufficient overlap and it must be taped properly with house wrap tape. Not taping may not create leaks, but it will allow for air infiltration.

You also need to choose the right insulation contractor. Select the one who will inspect to ensure that your home was properly sealed originally and who pays close attention to any window and door openings, utility pipes, and receptacles, holes through the top and bottom plates of the wall framing and penetrations through walls. Choose the contractor who will manually inspect to confirm that all possible weaknesses are addressed, ensuring that your home will not suffer the damaging and uncomfortable effects of air infiltration.

Jeff Fisher is a third-generation woodworker and owner of JH Fisher Construction, Inc.

The International Energy Conservation Code

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was created by the International Code Council in 2000. The Council establishes parameters that are often adopted by local and municipal building authorities to ensure that buildings are safe, fire resistant and energy efficient. The IECC is reviewed and revised periodically, then adopted by the building community over the ensuing few years.

The two editions of the IECC that are currently setting the standards for energy efficient building standards are IECC 2009 and the new IECC 2012. Changes in the codes reflect the latest understanding of home safety and efficiency, and are interesting in contrast with traditionally accepted tenets of building. For example, one long-standing belief that has been completely re-evaluated is that homes should be built to “breathe” allowing a passive exchange of air through the structure. The new IECC standard is that homes should be built “tight” with proper mechanical systems to allow for an appropriate exchange of air. The unit of measurement that addresses this “tightness” is the ACH (Air Changes per Hour). The new standards in building have improved energy efficiency so dramatically over the past that it is almost impossible to retrofit an older home to meet the new ACH standards without spray foam insulation.

Another change that is introduced in the IECC 2012 is that the only acceptable method of evaluating a home’s efficiency via an Energy Audit is with a Blower Door. In the past, contractors could choose to follow a checklist to evaluate a home, but the technologically superior Blower Door audit has become the industry standard. Atlantic Spray’s recent certification to conduct Blower Door testing not only puts us in compliance with IECC 2012, but keeps our company at the leading edge of energy efficiency technology

Spray foam insulation is rapidly becoming the standard in both new home construction and older home renovation. If you are interested in its application at your home, contact our Atlantic Spray Systems, Inc. experts and ask for your free estimate today!