Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Crawl Space Insulation in Charlotte, NC
Have a crawl space? You may have big problems.

Crawl spaces are susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Why? Soil has high humidity. This humidity causes a crawl space to become damp. This environment can harbor mold, creating a living space for pests and great an unhealthy environment.

This unhealthy environment directly affects your home and your family. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home.

There are many benefits to air sealing and insulating your home’s crawl space:

  • You create a more comfortable and healthier living environment for you and your family.
  • You can saving on energy costs by not having to heat or cool the air from the crawl space that is pulled into your home (a result of natural air flow).
  • You protect the structure of your home. Reducing moisture in your crawl space keeps your home’s foundation dry and intact.

Have questions or concerns about your crawl space? Contact us for a free estimate. We are happy to help!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Attic Insulation and Air Sealing in Charlotte, NC
If you want to save money on your energy bills and increase the comfort of your home, start at the top. Did you know that 70% of energy loss is up, not out? By increasing the efficiency of your attic, a homeowner can begin to see a reduction in energy bills almost immediately.

Energy efficiency is about more than insulation. An efficient attic includes air sealing. According to the Department of Energy, having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

Air Sealing

Air Sealing at ABS Insulating
Air sealing prevents airflow. Proper air sealing of a home prevents airflow between a home and attic, helping heated or cooled air stay inside the home by closing the gaps that leak air. Think of air sealing like closing a window before running air conditioning – why condition the interior air if you are going to let it sneak out through a gap in your home’s envelope?

Your home may have leaks that are easily to see through a simple visual inspection. Your home also has many air leaks that can’t be easily seen. These are commonly found around light boxes, plumbing stacks, soffit drops, basement box sills and more. Having your home professionally air sealed and adding proper mechanical ventilation can help keep conditioned air in, pests and allergens out and ensure your home has proper air exchange.


Upgrade Insulation for your Home from ABS Insulating
Many times when upgrading insulation in existing homes, blown-in fiberglass is added on top of existing insulation. This adds R-value to the home and creates a fresh new blanket of protection.

Even newer homes can benefit from upgraded insulation. As building codes increase, nearly all homes need more insulation to ensure they are meeting current standards.

Wondering if your home could benefit from additional insulation or air sealing? Call our team of experts for a free estimate today! 

Spray Foam Insulation by ABS InsulatingSpray foam insulation doesn’t insulate your home like traditional insulation products such as fiberglass or cellulose insulation. Spray foam insulation insulates and seals air leaks in one step.

Air sealing prevents air from inside your home from escaping through cracks, crevices and other penetration points in your home. These penetration points can be tiny – so small they may not be visible – and can result from the construction process when installing electrical wires, can lights, duct work, attic access doors, plumbing stacks and more.

Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air inside your home
(air you’ve already paid to heat or cool).

Why invest in spray foam insulation?
As a homeowner, there are so many ways to spend money on your home. Why should you invest in spray foam insulation? Here are just a few reasons:
  • Sealing air leaks and adding proper mechanical ventilation to a home can increase your indoor air quality. Air leakage (outside air that enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings) is not the same as ventilation. Sealing these leaks and properly ventilating your home creates healthier indoor air.
  • Is your house built on a crawl space? Insulating and air sealing your crawl space with spray foam insulation can dramatically improve the air quality inside your home. As your home naturally breathes, air from your crawl space moves up into your home, bringing with it contaminants such as mold and pest debris. Sealing your crawl space with spray foam insulation will keep those contaminants out of your home.
  • By properly insulating and air sealing you will reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system. In new home construction, proper insulation and air sealing could result in the installation of a smaller HVAC system!

Commercial use for spray foam insulation

Commercial Use for Spray Foam Insulation at ABS Insulating
Have a metal building that needs insulation? Spray foam insulation is a great solution. It can easily be installed to the building's interior to maintain indoor temperature. Spray foam can also increase the strength of your metal building, helping defend it against high winds and more.

Ignition Barrier

Spray foam insulation requires a thermal barrier between the foam and occupied space. If the installed spray foam will be open and not covered by drywall or other building materials, ABS Insulating can install an ignition barrier on top of the spray foam.

ABS Insulating installs Classic Ultra Select from Icynene-Lapolla. Classic Ultra Select has an R-Value of 3.7 per inch. Classic Ultra Select eliminates the need for drywall or other building materials to be installed over spray foam. This is ideal for residential unvented attic applications or commercial applications where interior space will remain unfinished.

Spray foam isn't just for building insulation! We've installed spray foam insulation in a variety of applications – sprinter vans that require a controlled temperature, trailers and more! Think it can't be done? Call us – we can help!

Contact us to schedule your free spray foam insulation estimate or with any questions you have about spray foam insulation.


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