Home Insulation Services

Have you been in your attic or crawlspace lately? Is it extremely hot or cold? An open and ventilated attic or crawlspace is like leaving windows and doors open. It allows excess dust and pollen to enter your home and is an easy entrance point for rodents. It’s also the largest area of energy loss in your home. With spray foam insulation, those spaces can be temperature regulated and sealed to outside air. This will improve comfort, keep out allergens, and reduce energy costs up to 40% in a retrofit application. Spray foam is a permanent application. Stop wasting money adding to that old, dirty, smelly insulation and get a product that will last the lifetime of the home, and pay for itself in just a few years.

Why Spray Foam Insulation?

It’s pretty simple. You want an energy-efficient, comfortable, environmentally healthy, money-saving, and value-added home or commercial building. While your initial cost will be higher, you will actually have a payback period. An insulation system is a monetary investment, especially with today’s sky-rocketing energy costs, and needs to be taken seriously. It’s not a case of whether you “want” an excellent insulation system; you “need” an excellent insulation system!

The old adage, “You get what you pay for”, is a fitting statement when it comes to your insulation system. There really is no question when it comes to choosing the best type of insulation system. Spray foam insulation is the way to go. There are many benefits of spray foam insulation, but the most important are:

Energy Savings

The number one reason people invest in spray foam insulation is to save money on heating and cooling. According to the US Department of Energy, 40% of the energy in a home can be saved by sealing air infiltration. Your savings will be even greater if natural gas, propane, heating oil, and electricity costs continue to increase as predicted. Furthermore, the extra up-front cost of Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) insulation can often be recovered in less than 5 years through energy savings alone.

Spray insulation foam provides an air tight seal which retains the temperature you set on your thermostat. So no more winter days with your thermostat set to 70, as you shiver in your long johns, because it’s actually 55 degrees in your home.
Team member installing spray foam insulation

Better Air Quality and Eco-Friendly

A home without air infiltrating is simply more comfortable. If your home is not insulated properly, you’re letting in outside air, moisture, allergens and dust. This prevents your home from being a necessary retreat from the elements. Mold and mildew pose a significant health risk, and can force homeowners to move out of their homes during expensive remediation. Thankfully, insulating your home with the same SPF air barrier that saves you money, also makes your home healthier and more comfortable for you and your family. Spray foam insulation uses zero ozone-depleting blowing agents that contain zero HFAs, HCFCs, HFCs or formaldehyde, so there are no harmful emissions while also minimizing carbon emissions and footprint.

Higher R-Values and Barriers

An ideal insulation system provides resistance to heat flow (R-Value), controls air movement, and limits moisture migration. Spray foam insulation is an air and vapor barrier, and a high R-value insulator, all in one. SPF has an aged R-value of approximately 6.0 per 1 inch thickness, which enables it to provide more thermal resistance with less material than any other type of insulation. Mold destroys a home’s value and can be very expensive to remove. A properly sealed and insulated home resists mold and mildew because moist air doesn’t infiltrate. Most insulation doesn’t offer a barrier against insects or rodents. The fact is, insects and rodents want to be inside your home for a very good reason, survival. Having dense, rigid closed cell SPF provides a solid barrier, making it difficult, if not impossible for them to enter your home.

Increased Resale Value

The days of uneducated home buyers purchasing energy-inefficient homes are coming to a close. Not only will people pay more for an energy-efficient home, they want to pay more. Research shows that 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for a “green” home. That means energy-efficient spray foam insulation will not only save you money while living in your home, it will also make you money when it comes time to sell.

Perfect for Almost Any Structure

One of the many advantages of spray foam insulation is its incredible diversity. Whether you are building a new home, commercial building, barn, or other structure, spray foam works perfectly. The most common applications of spray foam are:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • New construction walls
  • Under floors
  • Between metal and wood studs

Attic Insulation Services

There are numerous locations in your home that have the potential to house cooling and heating systems. Besides the usual electrical sockets – which cater to your heaters, electric fans, and other plug-in appliances, spaces that most homeowners assume to be “useless” actually have the potential to help you save money. Your attic is just one of those rooms.

When you think of an attic, you usually envision a small space that is dark, musty, and an area used mainly for storage. Some homeowners have thought about converting this space into an extra bedroom or hobby room. Regardless of what you use your attic for, if you want the space to work for you, having it insulated is the right decision.

Primarily, insulation works by regulating the temperature of the air going in and out of your home. This simple installment is especially important in homes that experience extreme cold and heat every year. Why? At the peak of summer, outside temperatures can reach up to, and even into the 100s. So when outdoor air finds its way to the empty pockets of your home, it can raise the indoor temperature significantly. During the cooler seasons, however, the warm air produced in your home can escape, lowering the temperature.

Without insulation, your heating and cooling systems must work extra hard to keep your home at your desired temperature, increasing your energy consumption, and your energy bills. However, when your property is outfitted with insulation, outside air stays outside, and inside air stays inside, thus, retaining a temperate environment in your home all year round and keeping your energy costs down.

Crawl Space Insulation

If your home feels cold even when your furnace is running full-blast, you might have crawl space insulation issues. Insulating your crawl space properly will help you achieve optimal energy-saving heating and cooling efficiency. In short, if your crawl space is not insulated the right way, you can expect to experience erratic temperatures around your home and energy costs that are much higher than they should be.

Importance Of Crawl Space Insulation

From the very start of new home construction, or before you move into an old home you just renovated, air sealing and insulation are two important and necessary steps. Older homes must be checked for insulation problems, and new homes should be insulated and air sealed properly during construction. Before you can have your crawl space insulated, you will first need to determine whether or not it is ventilated.

Regardless of whether your crawl space is ventilated or not, an experienced contractor will know exactly what you need to have the area insulated. For ventilated crawl spaces, your contractor would most likely install insulation under the sub-floor. If the area is un-ventilated, insulation is usually installed on the walls of the crawl space itself, with moisture barriers added to prevent any seepage of vapors and moisture that can result in mold growth.

Choosing Your Crawl Space Insulation Material

While there are some eco-friendly options for insulation available nowadays, crawl space insulation often uses fiberglass instead of other materials for a number of reasons. The main reason being its durability and low cost when compared to other insulation options. Another reason why fiberglass insulation is typically chosen for this use is because it is fire retardant, and won’t deteriorate easily.

Some people choose to use foam insulation, like the type that is made out of castor oil, called Icynene. Polyurethane foam is another option if foam insulation is what you want, except it is similar to fiberglass in durability. It has even been proven that polyurethane foam can actually add to the structural stability of your home due to its durability.

Insulation used in your crawl space must be resistant to moisture, and be able to withstand condensation, as well as vapors. Although cotton and sheep’s wool insulation are “green”, they are not good options for crawl space insulation, as they are not waterproof, and are sensitive to moisture.

Spray Foam Insulation Services

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

  • Excellent gap and crack filling capability
  • Stops air leaks better than any other insulation material
  • High heat flow (R-value) at 3.5 to 6.0 per inch
  • Won’t compress, fall out of place or lose R-value
  • Closed-cell foam is waterproof & won’t absorb water

Open Cell Foam vs. Closed Cell Foam Insulation

Diagram of Open-Cell and Closed Cell foam
Installation of spray foam insulation

Spray Polyurethane Foam is significantly better than any other type of insulation at reducing air leakage. Our insulation experts will help identify whether you need open cell or closed cell foam depending on the application it is being used for in your home or building.

  • Open cell foam typically costs less and requires less material than closed cell foam, but it also requires a vapor barrier. This is desirable in certain ceiling and attic insulation applications such as structures with Cathedral ceilings. Open cell foam is air resistant, but also permeable to moisture. The cells of the foam are broken and filled with air, making the foam softer or less rigid than closed-cell foam.
  • Closed cell foam is moisture, mold and air resistant. The cells of the foam are closed, packed together and filled with a gas that helps the foam rise and expand. Closed cell foam insulation is the best in terms of R-value, resistance to mold and moisture damage, durability, air sealing, and versatility, making it great for roofing applications. The extra cost of closed cell foam is well worth its benefits.

Certified Spray Foam Insulation Experts

We are members of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) and the High Performance Insulation Professionals (HPIP), and our technicians are certified in spray polyurethane foam roofing, inspections, building envelope, and health and safety processes and services.

According to the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA):

“Spray polyurethane foams have one of the highest insulating R-values per inch of all the available products on the market today.”

“With typical values ranging from 3.5 to 6.0 per inch, it is possible to maximize efficiency, increase space utilization and reduce operating costs, while having thinner walls and lower profile roofs.”

Inside of building with spray foam insulation

Insulation Inspection

During our insulation inspection, our trained professionals will inspect your property for low, missing or damaged insulation and air leaks, water leaks and energy loss. During our energy inspection we use blower door tests and air leakage reports to show where your structure is losing energy and we will provide you with the best and most affordable insulation solutions.

Energy Performance Upgrades

Our energy-efficient air sealing and insulation solutions will improve your commercial or residential property’s energy performance and comfort, reduce energy consumption and cut energy costs while helping protect the environment.

Blown-In Insulation Services

When moving into a previously owned home, it may have insulation already installed. Such insulation could be outdated and may not meet today’s standards. It’s important to have your home checked out by an expert to see if the insulation needs to be updated or replaced.

We will make sure that your home insulation, pre-existing or otherwise, strictly follows every building regulation and standard to date. We do this to ensure that your home’s insulation is always running at maximum efficiency, while also keeping risks down to a minimum. After running an extensive evaluation of your home, we will help you choose the insulation option that works best for you.

What is Blown-In Insulation?

One of our available options for insulation includes what is known as blown-in insulation. It is commonly used to insulate existing areas of a home by using various types of inexpensive materials. Examples of such materials include fiberglass, mineral wool and cellulose.

Because this insulation method is not as expensive as other options, it is considered one of the better choices when trying to maximize the space in your home with a cost effective insulation solution. In addition, materials like cellulose are made from recycled materials, making it more eco-friendly.

Quality Insulation Solutions

In addition to installing blown-in insulation, we also offer the following services:

  • Free insulation inspection and air sealing assessment
  • Free estimates on any proposed air sealing and insulation solutions
  • Several insulation options available, such as spray foam or fiberglass insulation

Air Sealing Services

One of the best and most effective ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is by reducing the amount of air that infiltrates and exfiltrates from it. Air sealing is how you address these weak links in your property’s building envelope to limit the amount of air that enters or escapes your home.

Common Spots For Air Leaks:

  • Gaps around windows and door frames
  • Water faucets outside the house
  • Exterior corners of the house
  • Fireplace dampers
  • Electrical outlets
  • Phone line access holes
  • Cable line access holes
  • Light switch plates
  • Interior baseboards
  • Attic access doors
  • Wall openings for through-the-wall air conditioning units
  • Vents
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
Common air leaks in the home

At TriState Home Services, we are committed to providing our customers with high-quality, long-term solutions to make their home as energy efficient as possible. We can perform a thorough home energy evaluation to check your home for air leaks. The home energy evaluation includes procedures like blower door testing to assess whether your home is airtight, as well as thermo-graphic scans for infrared inspection of possible sources of air leaks. If we discover any leaks, we can proceed to sealing the problematic spots.