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!





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Building science is a new concept to some homeowners. Building science is the study of how buildings consume energy and takes a whole-house approach to energy savings. By looking at the home as one unit, a qualified contractor can make recommendations for overall energy improvements rather than targeting just one area of the home.

Building science research shows one powerful energy improvement that can benefit any home – air sealing. Air sealing is the process of sealing penetration points around the envelope (shell) of the home. Penetration points are a result of the construction process and can be found around vents, chimneys, windows, and more.

ENERGY STAR estimates that proper air sealing techniques and upgrading insulation can save a homeowner up to 20% on heating and cooling costs (or up to 10% on their total annual energy bill). Air sealing has some additional benefits:
  • Reducing indoor allergens by helping to keep pollen and dust outside the home.
  • Helps create a more consistent indoor temperature, reducing hot or cold spots that result from air infiltration.
  • Reduce energy bills by keeping conditioned air inside the home, requiring heating and cooling systems to run less often.
If you are considering air sealing your home, spray foam insulation is the product to consider. With one application, spray foam insulation increases r-value and seals air leaks. This one application provides two benefits! Click here to learn more about spray foam insulation.

Have more questions or ready for a free estimate? Contact our office.




Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When thinking of a home upgrade that will increase energy efficiency, homeowners typically consider two projects: insulation or windows. There is a lot of confusion about which investment provides a better return on investment.

Building envelope

Your home’s envelope consists of the walls, floor and roof. When considering the total square footage of your home’s envelope, windows make up a very a small portion of it. By investing in upgrading the energy efficiency of a home’s attic and walls (more square footage), you’ll be maximizing energy efficiency across a greater portion of your home’s envelope and see a greater energy benefit.

Heat flow
Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors. Upgrading attic insulation keeps the air you’ve paid to heat in your home. Adding air sealing further prevents conditioned air from seeping out around ducts, attics and more.

R-value
R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a certain product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat flow. The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc.

Double pane windows have an r-value of 1.5 to 2. Upgrading insulation to current code would result in attic r-value of R-30 to R-38 in North Carolina. When you consider the difference in r-value and the natural heat flow in a home, it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

Cost
When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in the Charlotte area is $4,526. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade insulation in the Charlotte area is $1,124.*

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.

* Project costs can vary.




Monday, June 26, 2017

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home. Not only can water damage cause mold, it can compromise the structure of your home. Choosing gutters isn’t the first thing most people think of when building or remodeling a home. But knowing the damage poor gutters can cause, they are one of the most important investments you can make to protect your home.

It’s important to choose the right size gutters and have them professionally installed. The proper choice and installation of rain gutters helps draw water away from your home, saving thousands of dollars in potential future repairs. In addition, installing a gutter drain system can help further draw water from your home.

Gutters are available in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes (5” and 6”). With today’s design options, gutters can enhance the look of your home.

ABS has been installing gutters since 1998. Our gutter division delivers the same quality and attention to detail as our insulation clients. We have knowledge of and experience in every aspect of rain gutter selection, customization and installation.

Contact our office to discuss your project or schedule a free estimate. 




Friday, June 16, 2017

When we think of air quality, we most often think of outdoor air. Did you know that the air inside your home might have the biggest impact on your health? One estimate indicates the average person receives 72 percent of their chemical exposure at home (via The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/USEPA).

Indoor air quality can be affected by many things – construction materials, materials used to manufacture furniture, cleaning products used in our homes, etc. If you would like to improve the air quality inside your home, here are some steps:

Change cleaning products – look for cleaning products, air fresheners, etc. that are made with natural ingredients or are low-emitting products.

Air seal your home – keeping out external pollutants helps maintain your home’s indoor environment. When external pollutants are kept out, your indoor air can be properly tested and maintained. Spray foam insulation effectively seals air leaks and insulates in one step.

Ventilation – After your home is air sealed, having a proper mechanical ventilation system will help remove indoor air pollutants.

Contact our office to learn about how spray foam insulation can help keep out external pollutants, help maintain your home’s indoor air quality, and help reduce your energy bills. We are happy to provide a free estimate.



Friday, May 12, 2017

Many homeowners associate home insulation with keeping a home warm during cool weather. As a thermal barrier, insulation does keep a home warm during cool months – and it helps keep your home cool during summer heat. Here’s how it works.

  • The sun heats the surface of your roof, which in turn heats the air inside your attic.
  • The air in your home’s living space is cooler than hot attic air. In an attempt to balance the air, the hot air in the attic moves into your home’s living space.

When a home’s attic is properly insulated and air sealed, warm air stays out of your living space. The result is an HVAC system that runs less which can reduce your monthly energy bills – not to mention your home will be more comfortable!

There’s one added bonus! Upgrading attic insulation will keep your home comfortable all year. This one investment will pay back month after month!

Not sure if your insulation is doing its job? Contact our office. We’re happy to answer your questions and schedule a free estimate.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Air leaks occur around the envelope of any building, a result of the construction process. Air infiltrates a home as a result of a home’s natural “breathing”. As air escapes through the top of a home, outside air enters through penetration points around the home’s exterior.

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of a home. It is an important step to reduce energy costs, reduce drafts and cold spots, help to keep out pests and allergens, and can increase the overall air quality inside a home.

At one time it was believed air leaks created proper home ventilation. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either situation can result in poor indoor air quality.

Air sealing is a very important part of home energy efficiency – but it doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation. For homeowners looking to insulate and seal air leaks, spray foam insulation is a perfect solution.

When applied, spray foam insulation expands to fill a cavity. The product is applied as a liquid and expands to 100 times its volume. As a result the product fills cracks and crevices in a cavity and expands to seal these gaps. With one application, your home is insulated and air sealed!

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.



Monday, May 1, 2017

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 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!

Air sealing should be done by a professional – whether you are sealing a new home or an existing home. 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!



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