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Wet Spray Cellulose Insulation: Provides Superior Protection From Fire

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Wet Spray Cellulose Insulation in Worcester, MA

Among the insulation products installed across Worcester, Cellulose is the only building material that is commonly treated with fire retardants. With cellulose insulation this material takes one step ahead with a unique process with dry and liquid fire retardants injected to penetrate the fiber resulting in superior insulation that exceeds the required fire safety standards. In addition it has proven the efficiency during the building material fire testing made wherein which the wet spray cellulose insulation shows consistently and significantly increased the fire resistance of the walls. Walls insulated with cellulose do not readily become the source of combustible material that delivers oxygen to burning elements. In contrast, with fire retardant material it slows down or stops the spread of fire or reduces its intensity.

Further during construction of building insulation and fire, cellulose is chosen as the safest and best insulation that is commonly used in light construction. When walls are insulated with cellulose the scenario is completely different because fire does not spread as readily into cellulose-insulated walls or ceilings. Cellulose greatly restricts the amount of oxygen available to support combustion in insulated assemblies.

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Wet Spray Cellulose Insulation Advantages

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Wet Spray Cellulose Insulation in Worcester, MA

We’ve covered the advantages of spray foam insulation, but today we’re going to cover down on spray cellulose insulation as an excellent consideration for upgrading your home’s insulation. Many homeowners turn to this type of insulation as it is less costly than the other option. Like spray foam insulation, it is also a high-performance product despite using cheaper materials for the mixture.

Custom Insulation Company is using National Fiber's Cel-Pak premium, all borate cellulose insulation. This insulation product can increase the value of new buildings and existing homes. It can also serve as an excellent sound barrier and moisture control. With cellulose insulation in place, homeowners can experience significant energy savings.

Cellulose insulation is wet sprayed into every wall bay ensuring each is 100% full and as tightly-packed as possible. What's more, the product is non-irritating to the skin and so far no health issues are observed associated with installing cellulose insulation for the home.

Custom Insulation Company’s Project Estimators will provide you with a free written proposal for your building or remodeling project. Our insulation specialist will promptly and effectively handle your installation, on-time and done right.

For more information or to have a Project Estimator, contact Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Wet-Spray Cellulose Insulation: Your Eco Friendly Solution

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 29, 2019
Custom Insulation wet spray insulation in Worcester, Boston, MA

If you seek an affordable, efficient, and environmentally friendly insulation upgrade to your home, we have the solution for you. Cellulose Insulation is an insulating product that effectively reduces heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Your wallet and the environment benefits as you significantly lower your energy consumption.

Wet Spray Cellulose insulation is ideal for filling enclosed spaces in your home such as wall cavities and attic floors. It has an added benefit of helping repel insects while remaining safe for use. The advantage of Cellulose insulation are many to include being fire resistant, mold resistant, and pest resistant.

Insulation always has an R-value, which defines how resistant it is to heat movement. Cellulose Insulation has similar R-value to fiberglass but contains a higher percentage of recycled content. Cellulose insulation is treated with an acrylic binder which guarantees it settles when installed thus reducing decrease in R-value over time.

We’d welcome the opportunity to discuss home insulation strategies that best meet your needs. Contact Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Insulation Considerations To Best Fit Your Needs

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Custom Insulation Spray foam insulation in Worcester, MA

When you know that your home is in need of insulation upgrade, how do you decide what to choose. Choosing the right home insulation can be a daunting task when you take into consideration the cost of material, effectiveness of material, an durability. We offer you information here about each area of the home and which insulation materials work in those spaces.

Below are the existing parts of the house starting at the top and going all the way to the bottom.

  • Best Attic Insulation: Cellulose vs Fiberglass vs Spray Foam. If you are looking to cut down on the amount of money pouring out through your roof, attic insulation is the way to go. High energy bills and the inability to maintain a constant temperature are just some of the signs your attic needs new or updated insulation. The best insulation options for an attic are open cell spray foam, fiberglass and cellulose.

    Cellulose insulation is the oldest insulation material used for not only the attic, but other areas of the home as well. Cellulose can be either a loose-fill or blown-in material and is primarily made of recycled newsprint or denim. The fiberglass is another traditional insulation material that consists of extremely fine glass fibers. And if you ask about the open cell spray foam insulation is an air barrier material that creates a seal against air movement. It can expand up to 100 times its original size, filling every nook and cranny in the attic. The main ingredients are water-blown and organic chemical compounds derived from petroleum extracts making it environmentally safe.

  • Best Existing Walls Insulation: Blown-In Cellulose vs Injection Foam. When it comes to the existing walls of your home there is no easy way to tell you this, but the insulation must be installed by an experienced Insulation company. The good news is you can add insulation to the existing walls without removing your drywall and the extra expense of a full remodel. The Injection foam insulation and blown-in cellulose can be installed in the existing walls. When insulation does its job, it impacts the conduction (heat transfer) and the convection (air flow), which can both impact the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. More traditional forms of insulation, like cellulose, is resistant to heat that is transferred through conduction. During the winter months, the heat transfer is from the inside of your home to the outside and vice versa in the summer.
  • Best Rim Joist Insulation: Fiberglass vs Spray Foam. The rim joist is one of the most overlooked areas of the home when you are looking for the culprit causing drafts around your floor boards. The insulation options for the rim joist is spray foam or fiberglass. Fiberglas is inexpensive but it does not do as good of a job insulating the rim joist. The material when installed in the rim joist is prone to mold issues as it holds condensation against the wood which leads to mold and decay formation.

If you are looking for the best long-term solution, foam insulation products will create the air seal in your home that will make it more comfortable while saving you money on your monthly energy bills. Foam insulation does not settle or sag and it fills all the nooks and crannies where it is installed.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours when it comes to selecting the best insulation for your existing home. You have to see what makes the most sense for your family. You will need to take into consideration the kind of material, the goals you are looking to accomplish and your budget.

For more information about insulation, contact Custom Insulation Company Inc.

Source: retrofoamofmichigan.com

Wet Spray Cellulose Insulation for Maximum R-Value in a Relatively Thin Layer - Boston, Worcester, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 21, 2016

There are so many options in insulation for commercial applications, one being wet spray cellulose insulation. This option is commonly used in areas where space is an issue. The maximum R-value is desired in a relatively thin layer making it ideal for walls and cathedral ceilings.

When installing wet spray cellulose insulation in Worcester, MA, two people man the machine to ensure that the installation is completed the right and best way possible. The technicians ensure a constant supply of wet spray cellulose for an even mix with the water. It is critically important to achieve the maximum R-value with a relatively thin layer. Wet spray cellulose insulation increases the value of your buildings or home while providing a significant sound barrier and moisture control and proven energy savings.

For more details about wet spray cellulose insulation, contact Custom Insulation Company, Inc.

Eco-Friendly Insulation Options

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 04, 2012

What are some eco-friendly options for insulating an unheated room of my home?

Enclosing a rarely used 3 season room is a great way to add year-round useable square footage to your home. Adding insulation lets you comfortably connect the room to the rest of your home. Foam installation is an effective solution because it's fire-resistant and provides a strong temperature barrier in tight spaces.

Knauf EcoBatt® Insulation doesn’t look like any insulation you’ve ever seen, but that’s because its natural brown color represents a level of sustainability we've never before achieved. EcoBatt Insulation combines sand, post-consumer recycled bottle glass and ECOSE Technology to create the next generation of sustainable insulation.

Another eco-friendly insulation option is cellulose insulation, which is a plant fiber that is typically made from recycled newspapers and contains 855 recycled content. Cellulose spray is considered one of the most environmentally-friendly insulation products available, and it effectively seals against air infiltration and blocks water vapor while containing no formaldehyde, asbestos, mineral fiber, or fiber glass. Cellulose also takes 10 times less energy to produce than fiberglass and does not support mold or fungus growth.

Eco-friendly insulation allows you to rest assured knowing your home is performing at its peak efficiency while becoming a healthier dwelling for you and your family. Consider all environmental aspects of foam and cellulose before investing in insulation.

For more information on eco-friendly insulation options, contact Custom Insulation.

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U.S. Department of Energy Says Add or Re-Insulate Your Attic to Reduce Energy Bills

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Properly insulating and air sealing your attic will help reduce your energy bills. Attics are often one of the easiest places in a house to insulate, especially if you'd like to add insulation.

Warning: if you think you have vermiculite insulation in your attic, there's a chance it could contain asbestos. Don't disturb it. Only insulation contractors certified to handle and remove asbestos should deal with vermiculite insulation.

Loose-fill or batt insulation is typically installed in an attic. Loose-fill insulation is usually less expensive to install than batt insulation. Often, loose-fill insulation usually provides better coverage.

Also, before having any type of insulation installed in your attic be sure to seal all attic-to-home air leaks. Most insulation does not stop airflow.

Also be sure to insulate and air seal your attic access if it's located in a conditioned part of your house.

You'll want to properly insulate and air seal any vertical walls with attic space directly behind them in your home as well.

Contact Custom Insulation Company for ideas on how to better insulate your home to decrease your energy bills this winter.

The Proper Insulation will Keep your House Cool

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 08, 2011

As the days get warmer you might start dreaming of air conditioning. But, there are some other ways to keep your house more comfortable during hot summer days that are easier on your wallet and the environment.

Attics can reach temperatures over 140 degrees F on hot summer days. If there isn’t much insulation between the ceiling and attic a lot of this heat is going to be transferred into the house.  Increasing attic insulation can make a big difference in the comfort level of a home and will also cut your heating costs in the winter. By adding R40 insulation to a poorly insulated attic the temperature inside the house will drop by 6-8 º F on hot days.

Proper attic ventilation is also important in keeping your house cool and extending the life of your roof. Without it, as the sun goes down your attic won’t cool off as much and will continue to heat your house throughout the night.

The use of spray foam insulation has been rapidly growing as Architects, Builders and Homeowners become aware of the long term energy savings and comfort benefits associated with using spray foam. However, if you have a walk up attic, blanket insulation would be fine to use.

Blown In Insulation is Perfect if you do not Want to Take Down Drywall

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

There are a lot of people in and around Worcester, Massachusetts who are finally having their home repairs taken care of from this past winter’s ice dam damage. We have found that people who are having their interior ceilings and or walls pulled down and replaced are finding that their insulation is more than lacking. However, who wants to rip down interior ceilings and walls in undamaged rooms, just to replace old and ill fitting insulation? No one!

Blown in insulation is really about the only way to insulate existing, closed-up walls and ceilings. Tthe only other option is to start pulling off siding or rip out interior drywall.

Consider this if you are a DIY and are considering renting a machine. One reality of blown in insulation is that it is an imperfect process. It is not easy get cellulose fibers to pass through a two-inch wide hole and settle uniformly and completely all throughout a wall cavity. Especially in older homes, wall obstructions are everywhere in criss-crossing electrical wires, plaster "keys", blocking, etc.

Those who work with blown in insulation consider it almost an intuitive process. Most insulation technicians are experienced at finding blockages and wires, and know how to work around them. Contact Custom Insulation today to improve your home’s insulation and energy efficiency.

Essential Energy Efficiency Starts with Attic Insulation

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 10, 2011

When it comes to a home improvement that reduces energy use and improves the interior comfort of the home environment, many first look to energy efficient air conditioning and heating units as the answer. Energy Star HVAC units are indeed energy savers. They are also very costly investments and even those have limited effectiveness if other areas of the home where heat is gained or lost are not also addressed. The place to begin is with the attic.

Attic Insulation Attic insulation and ventilation is a critical part of energy conservation in a home. Significant heat enters the home through the attic in summer and heat is lost from the attic in the winter. Attic insulation systems work less hard with less energy needed. Making sure you have proper attic insulation is key not only in the winter time but also in the summer time to prevent heat loss and cold air exiting through cracks.

Adequate attic ventilation is equally important to prevent heat and moisture from being trapped in the attic. Keeping the air circulating properly in the attic also aids in preventing unwanted heat gain and loss and prevents damaging moisture from rotting wood and promoting the growth of mildew and molds. If you are looking to make a home improvement that pays for itself in reduced energy usage as well as one that protects your most valuable investment, then contact us today. We will be happy to assess your insulation needs!




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