Friday, March 28, 2014

Moss Construction achieves improved sound absorption and air quality in exposed application of Icynene Spray Foam by Therma Seal

An eclectic use of office space is provided by Therma Seal to the Moss & Associates Construction Headquarters.

Therma Seal sprayed the Icynene Classic Max Insulation System to the underside of the top floor roof, providing an air barrier envelope for superior cooling and humidity control.

Moss Construction left the foam application exposed and coated with DC315 plus and additional layer of gray paint to accommodate a progressive aesthetic appearance.

Beyond the value benefits of the air barrier is the sound absorption provided in this open space layout.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Does spray foam insulation cost more than fiberglass and cellulose?

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Although behind the wall, insulation is one of the most important investments in any residential or commercial project that your client can make. More often than not, the argument for or against spray foam insulation is affected by cost. While spray foam insulation does cost more than fiberglass and cellulose, it’s important to recognize the return on investment that Icynene spray foam insulation offers.
An article in the Chicago Tribune identifies spray foam insulation as a more complex system that is applied as a liquid that can fill in every crack and seam consistently while fiberglass need to be cut carefully to fit the cavities. This can leave gaps which allow vast amounts of air to escape. 
It’s these gaps in the inconsistent coverage of fiberglass that can have a significant impact on the daily energy consumption, and therefore the building’s heating and cooling costs.  It’s believed that all the gaps left by fiberglass insulation allows enough air escape an average American home to fill two air blimps – every day.  This kind of inconsistency in performance also applies to cellulose since it can impacted by gravity and moisture which hinders its performance.
Does spray foam insulation cost more than fiberglass or cellulose? When you consider the amount of air escaping from poorly insulated fiberglass buildings (and the costs associated with an overworked HVAC system) together with the factors that can affect performance such as moisture, mold potential and gravity against the performance consistency and return on investment value of spray foam insulation, then the cost of spray foam insulation is a wise investment for any building owner.


Remember that variables such as spray foam type, labor and quantity do have an impact on the initial investment price, your clients have the opportunity to use an energy efficient product that provides savings as much as 50% on every monthly heating and cooling bills. No other insulation product can provide such a saving.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Insulation and the truth behind R-value

What is the correct R-Value to be installed in a vented attic?

When speaking in terms of R-Value as it relates to insulation, we are speaking to the speed at which heat conductively travels from the hot side towards the cold side .  The higher the R-Value the slower the speed of heat transfer.  Note R-Value does not stop the transfer, merely slows it down.  An example on your kitchen stove is the time it takes to warm an aluminum pan verse the time to warm a cast iron pan; we will still cook in both cases.   Keep in mind heat travels in multiple methods and wave lengths including airflow.  Conventional insulation can only address the conduction transfer and ignores the transfer of heat by radiation and airflow (convection).  

The solution, an air barrier. When measuring the effectiveness of insulation, R value is the only factor most insulation manufacturers talk about because it’s all they offer. R value measures the ability to limit conductive heat flow (heat transferred through it). But the primary method of heat transfer is not conductive heat flow — it’s air leakage (convection). Air leakage can account for up to 40% of a building’s energy loss, and it cannot be stopped with traditional insulation. R value is important, but an airtight seal is equally important for achieving energy savings.
Icynene spray foam insulation provides insulation R value and air-sealing in a single step. This is the only way to truly provide your clients with the most energy-saving value from their insulation costs.

The Wikipedia link indicates R-Value as thermal resistance.  The higher the R, the more effective.  However there is a space requirement and a balance which should be recognized when choosing the R- Value.  Space is required to add R-Value.   In discussing the batt insulation product 8” is required to achieve a R-Value of 30.  If one were to compress the R30 batt into a 5” cavity this result is a denser product but also a lower R-Value which is near 19.

When is Too Much R in a vented attic a poor concept in hot humid climates?

A vented attic is designed to allow air flow to enter and escape.  Conceptually, heat rises and ridge vents and whirly birds support the relief of heat in an attic.  This process reduces some of the heat, depressurizes the attic and draws new or cooler air in through existing soffits or form the conditioned air of the home.  It is important to have reasonable air flow to prevent other issues which can cause mold or mildew.

Essentially, we are cooling the attic, yet the air is then released to the world.  AC duct systems work in this environment and may be subject to sweating if the metal or aluminum conduit of the duct system is cold and the attic air is too hot.  Restating the importance of air flow in a vented attic, we realize as we increase the volume of insulation to the deck of an attic we reduce the ingress and egress of air flow.  Many times over insulating an attic deck promotes higher dew points and sweating because the attic become even hotter.  Although it is separated from conditioned living by more insulation, reducing the loss of cool air the attic bakes at a higher temperature.  This concern becomes especially evident as the roof slope of an attic is low.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Why spray Icynene Classic Max over other spray foam products?

     The #1 reason to spray the Icynene Classic Max over any other spray foam is fire safety.  Therma Seal Spray Foam uses the latest version of Icynene's open cell spray foam because it is the best in its breed and will not sustain a flame in the event of a fire.  Not only will Classic Max not sustain a flame, this fire safe attic system has proved to snuff out attic fires, protecting not only your largest financial asset, your home, but also your family.

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What South Florida Homeowner Need to Know...

9 Tips for our South Florida homeowners looking you use spray foam to increase energy efficiency and air quality.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Therma Seal insulation makes the difference in creating better indoor environments!

Therma Seal insulation makes the difference in creating better indoor environments!

When it comes to safeguarding the warmth and well-being of people and products in a building, it's important for residents to ensure that they're putting the best services into place. If there's a problem with the kinds of insulation, method of placement or overall effectiveness of the resources placed in a home, it's likely that residents won't be able to get as much out of these additions as they might otherwise. This is commonly the case when buildings aren't using enterprise spray foam insulation. Therma Seal offers the best in total sealing and insulating with Icynene.
Reducing airborne problems
Therma Seal believes there's a number of ways that people can enhance their home environments, but few compare to the benefits of Icynene. This product allows for a variety of effective cost savings that can deliver a specific assistance to people of all kinds, no matter where their homes are located.
Specifically, the source pointed out that Icynene spray foam insulation helps residents increase the quality of the air they breathe by creating a comprehensive air seal all throughout a home. This not only serves to keep in warm air and block any leaks from occurring, it also strengthens the filtering power of a home such that it's able to keep bad particles out of the air people breathe every day. As most individuals spend around 90 percent of their time indoors and at home, it's vital that residents have access to resources that can keep their airways safe at all hours of the day and night.
 Icynene spray foam insulation offers one of the industry's best R-values, with uniform thickness and general protection in all parts of a home where this material is used. What's more, the source pointed out that around 90 percent of Icynene insulation is actually made up of air, making it very durable and structurally sound. Taking advantage of this substance is therefore much easier than with traditional options, as it generates a total seal using more natural assets than comparable products.
Buying the best
That's also where Icynene fits in to major building projects, whether they be large-scale complexes or just a single-family abode. Therma Seal's experts conclude, the presence of Icynene spray foam insulation in the walls, floors and attics of buildings makes these structures better suited for maintaining a constant level of comfort.
Unlike other kinds of insulation, Icynene generates a total seal and fits exactly in every space where it's sprayed. The end result is much better heating and cooling oversight that makes it easy to save  money for residents in any kind of building. Additionally, as buildings see their operations expanding, it's necessary for these entities to ensure they have resources in place that facilitate the best kinds of responses and oversights for a number of different enterprise issues.
Call Therma Seal today to learn more about the positive outcomes you can achieve by adding this kind of spray foam to your infrastructure. With the right combination of total coverage and better oversight of home life, residents can easily experience an increase in quality of life while eliminating the harmful particulates that might otherwise reside inside your home.