Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Rain gutters installed on two story home
Your rain gutter system can make or break your home’s structure. Unfortunately, rain gutters in Charlotte, North Carolina don’t get the attention they deserve. Rain gutters are easy to forget, until a home’s structure is impacted by pooling water, leaks and more.

If your Charlotte, North Carolina rain gutter system isn’t professionally installed or if it needs repairs, your home can be impacted by the following:

  • Roof/attic problems – An improper or damaged gutter system can allow rainwater to back up under shingles. From here, water can leak into the roof and cause a tremendous amount of damage. Uncovering and repairing roof water damage can be a complex and expensive project.  Roof water damage can also require home attic insulation to be replaced.
  • Exterior walls – If a home’s rain gutter system isn’t in proper working order, rainwater can run down the home’s exterior walls. This water can get underneath a home’s siding and into the wall assembly. If a home has brick exterior, rainwater can erode and discolor the brick.
  • Foundation damage – When water is not properly drained from the home it can pool around the home’s foundation. Over time this water will seep into the ground and run down the foundation exterior causing damage including cracks and leaks.
  • Landscape damage – Pooling water can damage your home’s landscaping. It can affect both the landscape structure and the integrity of plants.

The cost to add a proper rain gutter system or repair a current system in Charlotte is a fraction of the cost to repair water damage. Hiring a professional gutter company in Charlotte is the best way to ensure your home is protected from water damage. If you are looking for a rain gutter estimate in Charlotte, North Carolina call ABS Insulating. Our professional gutter installers will provide a free gutter estimate for your home. 



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

When spring arrives, it means summer fun and long days aren’t far away. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, spring is the beginning of a very unpleasant season.

Did you know that air sealing your home can help reduce allergy symptoms? As a home naturally breathes, outside air is pulled into the home through penetration points. These points exist around the home’s shell – around windows, HVAC venting, can lights, chimneys and more. This natural process pulls pollen and other outside pollutants into the home, directly into the air you breathe.

Air sealing your home helps keep outside air (and outside pollutants) out of your home. In addition to reducing pollutants in the home, air sealing can create a more comfortable living environment year round. By keeping unconditioned air outside the home, drafts are reduced and a home’s internal temperature is more easily maintained. This makes the home more comfortable and also reduces energy bills!

Whether you are sealing a new home or an existing home, air sealing should be done by a professional. There are many penetration points in a home’s exterior that the eye can’t see. Comprehensive air sealing by a professional will help ensure your home is completely and properly sealed.

Interested in air sealing? Contact our office to schedule your free air sealing estimate!



Thursday, February 8, 2018

homeowners working in DIY projects
Many homeowners like to tackle home improvement projects. There are many resources to help homeowners learn how to handle home improvements including retail stores, online videos and more. With so many tools, homeowners may feel confident enough to take on almost any project. When it comes to installing or upgrading home insulation, it’s best to hire a professional insulation contractor.

Here are three reasons why you should hire a professional insulation contractor:

  1. Proper Installation. Without proper installation techniques, insulation will not perform properly. A professional insulation contractor has the experience and training to properly install insulation to maximize performance, attic venting to ensure proper airflow and air sealing to reduce outside air infiltration.
  2. Building Code and Building Science Knowledge. Hiring a professional insulation contractor gives you access to a wide array of knowledge and training. Professional insulation contractors are up to date on local building codes, new insulation technologies and installation methods to be sure your home is properly insulated and as energy efficient as possible.
  3. Safety. A professional insulation contractor conducts proper safety training for its installer team. Proper safety training reduces the risk of workplace injury. A professional insulation contractor is trained to spot other hazards such as wiring including knob and tube issues, installing around other combustible materials and more.

Don’t let the perceived cost savings of DIY insulation cost more in the long run. Hire a professional insulation contractor and have the job done right the first time! Our office provides free estimates. Call our office to schedule your free estimate.





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

With an increase in green building techniques and tighter building envelopes that result, proper ventilation is increasingly important. Today’s homes are built tight to keep conditioned air in and help reduce energy bills. Tight building envelopes also keep air impurities inside the home including any chemicals used in cleaning products, paint, building materials and more. This combination makes a strong case for proper home ventilation system to maintain optimal air quality and maintain your home’s energy efficiency.

There are many factors that influence the appropriate type of home ventilation including local code requirements, building size and types of appliances. Here are three of the most common ventilation systems:

  • Exhaust Only – This type of system uses a small exhaust fan that is commonly placed in a kitchen or bathroom. The fan is programmed to run either continuously or intermittently to extract stale air and moisture. These systems are low cost and quite easy to install.
  • Supply Only – A supply-only system includes a fan that brings fresh air into the home. The air escapes through the natural air leaks in your home. A filter can be added to trap pollen and other outdoor air pollutants before they enter the home. A dehumidifier can be added inside the home to control humidity levels.
  • Balanced – A balanced system includes both exhaust and supply, controlling ventilation at both ends. This system includes separate fans to manage air supply and air exhaust. Overall, this is a better ventilation system because it provides qualities of both exhaust-only and supply-only systems, however it may be more costly to run.

Does your home have a ventilation system? Do you have questions about your home’s air sealing and ventilation? Contact us with any questions.




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