Monday, July 30, 2018

Three Insulation Tips for Your Multi-Season Room

Wisconsin residents know summer is a precious time of year! Seasons can swing from cold and rainy to humid and muggy, then back to cold and rainy again in the blink of an eye. If you’re lucky enough to have a screened porch, summer is when you make the most of it! If you’re considering converting your porch into a multi-season room, there are a few key areas that need attention. 

Insulation is one of the most important factors when building or converting a multi-season room. It’s important to pay close attention to ceiling and floor insulation. Ceiling insulation in a multi-season room is just as important as attic insulation in a home. Ceiling insulation creates a thermal barrier to help keep comfortable air inside the room. Does the ceiling currently have access so insulation can be added? If the ceiling is not currently insulated and there is no access, the ceiling may need to come down for insulation to be installed.

When insulating the floor of a multi-season room, air sealing is particularly important. Since multi-season rooms are not typically in contact with the ground, outside air can become trapped below the room and seep in through penetration points. If there is access from below it’s ideal to apply up to two inches of spray foam to seal air leaks. After spray foam is applied, the cavity can be filled with a blown-in insulation system or fiberglass batts can be installed. The final step is to enclose the area by installing a solid surface such as rigid foam or plywood.

If you plan to tear up the floor, consider installing spray foam to seal air leaks followed by filling the remainder of the cavity with a blown-in insulation system or fiberglass batts. The final step is to install the new floor system.

When planning your multi-season room, be sure to talk with your contractor about windows and a heat source. Installing high quality windows and sealing air leaks around the windows will help maintain a comfortable inside temperature. Since Wisconsin winters can be very cold, consider adding a heat source so you can enjoy the space all year long.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Insulation in Summer – Why it Matters

If you see sky-high summer energy costs, we have a lesson for you about home insulation. Insulation isn’t something to think about only during the winter. Your home uses energy year round, whether you’re heating or cooling.  Energy loss can occur just as easily during the summer when you’re running your air conditioning system as in winter when you’re heating your home.

To keep energy inside your home, your home’s thermal envelope needs to be conditioned. This is done by ensuring your home’s wall and attic insulation is at the proper R-value, and by sealing air leaks. Air leaks carry heated or cooled air away from your targeted area. An air leak as small as your thumb can allow an enormous amount of conditioned air to escape. Sealing air leaks prevents conditioned inside air from escaping and hot, humid outside air from entering.

How do you know if your home needs an energy upgrade?
  • The age of your home can be a factor. Homes built before the mid-1950s had little or no insulation.
  • Pay attention to how often your air conditioning system runs. If the system has been checked and is working properly, your home can benefit from air sealing and upgraded insulation.
  • If your home has hot or cold spots, air may be leaking in from the outside. Air sealing can help.

For a more comprehensive analysis, consider a home energy audit. A home energy audit is like getting a physical for your home. An auditor checks your entire home for energy loss - everything from insulation to duct work and your HVAC system, water heater and more.

Schedule a free estimate with our experienced insulation team to review your home for energy improvements. Contact our office today with questions or to schedule an estimate.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Rockweiler Insulation Startup: Observations from a Fifth Grader

Each day kids see their parents go to work – whether they work in their own business or work for someone else. It’s very different to watch your parent start a business. I had no idea what that really meant until I watched my dad start his own business during the 1983 recession.

I remember Dad securing a warehouse stall, setting up office space in our basement, buying a truck and other equipment, calling an insulation manufacturer to order product, earning customers, getting insurance, and so many other necessary things to start up a business. Even with all this going on, life seemed to operate as usual. He never let my sister or me see just how stressful it must have been to start out or how scary it must have been to leave his job and venture into brand new territory.

What Dad did let us see was a lot of hard work and determination – exactly what it takes to create a successful business.  We saw him get up early to install insulation and bid jobs, then sit in the office after a long day of physical work to prepare proposals, pay bills and collect money. In these early days there were no assistants or employees – just Dad. We did lend a hand where we could – unloading semitrailers and riding along on weekends while dad blew insulation into attics. Many times we would stop at a job site to do a bid on the way to a family gathering or other event. Life as a child of an entrepreneur was never boring. I know that time had a profound impact on my own work ethic and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I don’t know if all those years ago Dad thought a one-man and one-truck operation would grow into what it is today. I do know he did everything he could back then to make it happen! I know how proud I am to be his daughter and to help him celebrate 35 years in business.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Save Even More! New Focus on Energy Incentives

Benefits of a home energy assessment
If you are motivated to improve your home’s energy efficiency, you are in luck! The Focus on Energy program provides incentives based on your home’s energy savings. The more energy your home saves, the greater incentive you may qualify for!

To qualify for incentives, there are key steps to follow. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Focus on Energy incentives are only available to customers of major utilities. They do not apply to propane users.
  • To be eligible for incentives, your home must have an energy assessment performed by a qualified auditor. The cost of an energy assessment ranges from $350 to $450. This expense is the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • Hire a Focus on Energy Trade Ally to upgrade insulation and seal air leaks based on the assessment findings. (Rockweiler Insulation is a Focus on Energy Trade Ally.)
  • Have a post test performed to determine the estimated annual energy savings that will result from insulating and air sealing. You may qualify for incentives of $850, $1250 or $2000!
  • After the findings are submitted the incentive reimbursement is delivered directly to homeowners.

If you are a utility company customer and are looking to maximize your savings, Focus on Energy incentives can help! Call us with questions about the program and learn how to maximize your energy incentive!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fiberglass + Air Sealing = Exceptional Performance

Looking for exceptional energy performance and sound control for a new home or remodeling project? Look no further than the powerful combination of fiberglass insulation and air sealing.

The combination of air sealing and properly installed fiberglass insulation provides superb energy performance. This combination provides exceptional energy efficiency at a lower price point than spray foam insulation.

This combination can also be used for sound control. Areas such as bathrooms emit noise from plumbing and ventilation. Sealing and insulating the bathroom perimeter can reduce noise bleed. This small investment can make a big difference!

Click here to learn more about the power of fiberglass insulation and air sealing from our President, Renee Wilson, and our Operations Manager, Brian Auman. If you’re interested in discussing your residential insulation project, give us a call!

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