Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When it comes to a construction project, time is money. When deadlines are missed or subcontractors hit snags, an entire project can be delayed. With the scale of a commercial project, each decision becomes even more important, including choosing the best insulation contractor. If it’s time to hire a commercial insulation contractor for your next commercial construction project, here are a few things to look for:

  • Commercial insulation experience. Hire a commercial insulation contractor that has extensive commercial insulation experience. The best commercial insulation contractor should confidently answer questions about fire ratings, codes, etc.
  • Fully licensed and insured. A quality commercial insulation contractor will hold the proper insurance and licensing to perform commercial insulation work. If you have any doubt, ask.
  • Current installation techniques. The best commercial insulation contractor will recommend installation techniques to help improve performance, aesthetics and more. A professional commercial insulation contractor will be up to date on industry trends and provide recommendations to make your project even better.
  • Installer base. Hire a commercial insulation contractor that has a large installer base that can complete your installation in a timely fashion. Confirm your contractor has an adequate number of installers available to handle your project when install day comes.

ABS Insulating in Charlotte, North Carolina has vast commercial insulation experience, is up to date on new commercial insulation technologies, is properly licensed and insured, and has the installer base to complete your project in a timely fashion. To get an insulation estimate on your commercial project, contact our office.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

When thinking of insulation, the attic area of a home is often the first space that comes to mind. Properly insulating a home goes beyond attics and includes walls, crawl spaces and more. For years, fiberglass batts have been used to insulate wall cavities. Today there are wall insulation options that provide greater energy efficiency and comfort. Here are three wall insulation methods to consider for your next new home construction or remodeling project.

  • Dense Pack Fiberglass with Air Sealing – Fiberglass is a cost effective insulator. Combining dense pack fiberglass insulation with air sealing prevents air infiltration and makes a home more comfortable and energy efficient at a cost-effective price point.
  • JM SpiderJM Spider® Plus is a fiberglass insulation that is installed in open cavities such as walls before drywall is installed. It is manufactured with interlocking fibers that spring and lock in to place without adhesive or installing behind netting. This technology completely fills any gaps and voids in a cavity with quick drying times to deliver high energy performance and help keep your project on schedule.
  • Flash and Batt – Also known as a hybrid insulation system, flash and batt combines fiberglass insulation and spray foam insulation in one application. During installation one inch of closed cell spray foam insulation is applied. Once in place, a fiberglass batt is placed over the top of the foam. This is a great option to achieve high performance and at a budget-friendly price.

There are many options to insulate walls in new homes and remodeling projects. Contact our office to learn more about these options and schedule a free estimate.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall is a favorite season for many. For homeowners, it brings to mind dropping leaves and cleaning out gutters. If you are focused on cleaning up leaves from your lawn, don’t overlook your gutters. Gutters direct water away from the foundation of your home. Allowing leaves, sticks and other debris to pile up in your gutters can result in poor drainage and can ruin your foundation.

If you’re tired of cleaning your gutters, consider adding gutter leaf protection. If your gutters are open and it’s time to clean them, here are three easy steps to guide you through proper gutter cleaning:

Remove debris.
After safely placing your ladder, carefully remove debris from the gutters. Be sure to wear work gloves to protect your hands from sticks or any other sharp objects that may not be visible to your eye. Check the downspouts to be sure they are clear so any water drains properly. After removing the debris, take a few minutes to wash out any remnants and help them perform better.

Check installation.
While you are on the ladder, it’s a great time to check that the gutters are secure. Confirm that the gutters are properly connected to the rafters and are stable. If not, this is the time to replace any pieces that are not secure.

Check for holes or missing pieces.
A leaking gutter is as harmful as a missing gutter. If you find holes in any gutters caulk can be temporary fix until your gutters can be replaced (schedule this soon!). You’ll also want to check the rivets that are near the down spouts. These rivets help water flow properly to and through the down spout rather than running over the sides and down to your foundation.

If you notice problems with your gutters, it’s time to have them replaced. Contact our office to discuss your questions and schedule a free estimate.

Any time is a good time to save money on energy bills! If you dread cool weather, then fall is a great time to make home energy improvements. Here are some projects to get a jump on before cool temps arrive:

  1. Check Your Heating System.
    Your HVAC system will work more efficiently and have a longer life if it’s regularly serviced. Having your system checked can also help prevent a system break down during winter.
  2. Upgrade Your Insulation.
    The majority of heat loss in a home occurs up, not out. As your home naturally breathes, conditioned air is drawn up through the house an out the roof/attic. Adding insulation to your attic is a cost-effective way to save money on energy bills.
  3. Inspect Your Gutters.
    Water can cause huge damage to a home! It’s a great time to make sure your gutters are fully functioning and properly draining water away from your home. While you’re at it, consider adding gutter leaf protection so next year you won’t have the messy job of cleaning your gutters.
  4. Air Seal.
    Air sealing penetration points around your home helps prevent conditioned air from escaping. Penetration points can be found around outlets, vents, ducts, chimneys and more. Keeping conditioned air inside your home keeps your home comfortable and reduces wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  5. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan.
    Easy to do – and often overlooked! Changing the direction of your ceiling fan creates an upward draft and redistributes warm air. Helpful hint: dust your fan blades before reversing directions!

Interested in upgrading your attic insulation, upgrading your gutters, or sealing air leaks? Contact our office to schedule a free estimate!





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