Category Archives: Spray Foam Insulation

Insulation Materials Used in Industrial Applications

When choosing insulation products for large buildings and industrial facilities, building science specialists (as well as engineers and architects) have a broad range of options available. While these professionals may debate on approach and strategy, many agree that spray foam insulation products consistently deliver superior performance – that includes air sealing, moisture control, and thermal insulation – all in a single application. Continue reading

Insulating Old Houses for Personal Comfort and Energy Savings

Keeping old houses comfortably warm and energy efficient is tough. Older homes weren’t usually fitted with insulation. When they were, the materials often settled, lost their insulating value, and sometimes deteriorated. Today, home insulation options are abundant, with a myriad of products that are both cost-effective and energy saving – the big decision is what to do and how to do it. Continue reading

Insulating and Venting When There is No Roof Soffit

In most residential homes, the soffit (and associated vents) is the structural part of the roof that “hangs over” the side of the home.  The principle behind soffits is to allow air to circulate in and around the attic. However, not all homes (especially older homes) have overhangs, and therefore they have no soffits. It could be said that this makes for an easier insulation project in the attic, because there’s no worry about inadvertently covering over soffit vents with insulation material. However, these scenarios require another solution to address ventilation. Continue reading

Common Insulation Defects Identified by an Energy Audit

Defects in home insulation are symptomatic – homeowners can feel the effects in every part of the home and from season to season. In some cases, there may be defects in the existing insulation, while in other cases, the installation itself may be defective. For the homeowner, it means rooms that are uncomfortable; heating bills that are high; and air conditioning that just doesn’t cool. Continue reading