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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Friday, March 9, 2018

Adding Sidewall Insulation in an Existing Home

Installing insulation into existing exterior wall
If your home was built prior to or during the 1960s, it’s a tossup if it has insulation in exterior walls. Even if your home is from this era and does have exterior wall insulation, it’s hard to say how much is there.

Do your summer plans include home remodeling or replacing siding? It’s a great time to upgrade exterior wall insulation! After existing siding is removed, small access points are drilled into the wall exterior through which loose-fill fiberglass or cellulose is dense packed into the cavity. If you are not remodeling or replacing siding, do not worry! By carefully removing a piece of siding midway up the wall we can access the exterior of the wall cavity and follow the same procedure.

Learn more about insulating sidewalls by clicking on this video where our Operations Manager, Brian Auman, will walk you through this process. If you’re interested in adding sidewall insulation to your existing home, give us a call!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Protect Your Home From Ice Dams

The icicles hanging from your roof may signal a problem. Icicles can be a sign of ice dams – chunks of ice that form along the edges of your roof. When a home experiences ice dams, it’s often assumed the issue is inadequate insulation. Ice dams may be caused by heat loss in an attic, poor roof design or the “perfect storm” of snow, melting and more snow. 

Preventing ice dams is a three-pronged attack consisting of air sealing, ventilation and insulation.
Here are three key steps we recommend to reduce the risk of ice dams:

  1. Seal Air Leaks
    Approximately 60% of heat loss in a home is through the ceiling into the attic, primarily through air leaks. Sealing air leaks around penetration points like light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys and access hatches can help minimize ice dams. Air sealing can also help keep warm air inside your home and reduce heating bills.
  2. Ventilate
    Proper ventilation is an important part of attic insulation. Attic ventilation helps facilitate proper airflow through the attic space. This allows the entire attic system to work properly, preventing moisture build-up and allowing the insulation to properly do its job.
  3. Add Insulation
    Properly insulating your attic space will help keep heat where it belongs – in your living space. If your attic has inadequate insulation, blown-in fiberglass insulation can be added on top of existing insulation to create a complete thermal blanket.

We work to help prevent ice dams, not remove them.  If you get one, for your own safety be sure to have a professional remove it. 

To learn more about ice dams, watch the video below. Contact our office to schedule your free estimate.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Smart Homes Mean Smarter Energy – How Home Technology Saves Money

The idea of smart home technology may be unfamiliar to some homeowners. Home technology puts control of basic home systems at your fingertips, either through an app or a centralized unit within the home. There are many benefits to using smart home technology:  managing home security, adjusting home lighting, and more. One significant benefit is reduced energy consumption.

Smart home technology isn’t as costly or confusing as it may seem. Here are some benefits of using smart home technology and some tools you may consider for your home.

Energy and Cost Savings
Smart home technology can reduce home energy consumption and save on monthly energy bills. Smart home technology can turn off power to appliances and home systems when they are not in use (such as during the work or school day when a home is empty). By delivering power to key systems and appliances only when necessary, energy bills decrease. This savings can be noticed as soon as your first energy bill.

Apps like LG’s SmartThinQ take saving energy a step further. This app and other similar apps connect to smart grids to identify the times where demand for energy is low. It then notifies homeowners of better times to use energy for routine household chores such a laundry or charging an electric car.

Have you left your house and wondered if you’ve adjusted the temperature? Smart thermostats help you to know what’s happening in your home at any time. Some smart thermostats like Nest can automate home heating and cooling through an intuitive learning system that learns your home’s occupancy and energy patterns to maximize comfort when you are home and energy savings when you are not.

Home automation can make your home more comfortable. Through the touch of a button you can turn on interior lights, adjust your heating system, and more to ensure your home is at your desired comfort level the moment you walk in the door.

By adding smart home technology to your home and lifestyle can have many benefits! Check out the links above to learn more about many of these options.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

What to Expect when Rockweiler Insulation Insulates your Basement Box Sills

For most homeowners, working with a contractor can feel like a daunting experience. We want our customers to feel prepared for their installation and to make it a smooth experience for our installer team. Here are some steps to help prepare your home for adding insulation to your basement box sills:

Preparation before the crew arrives:
  • Clear away the space three to four feet around the perimeter of your basement walls. This allows for the install crew to move freely and have room to place a ladder to reach the top of the box sill, ensuring they do the best job possible. Remove all items from top shelves near the perimeter - especially anything fragile and/or valuable as a precaution.  
  • Plan to be out of your home during the install process and for four to six hours after the install is complete. This allows time for any fumes from the spray foam insulation to ventilate and dissipate. We take this rule very seriously - our crew will not begin installing spray foam until the house is vacated. This goes not just for your family, but also for your pets.

During the installation:
  • When our crew arrives they will begin by removing and disposing of any existing fiberglass insulation in the box sill area. After the existing insulation is disposed of, our crew will do an additional clean out of the box sill cavities so the spray foam has a clean surface to adhere to. Finally, any large items such as a washer and/or dryer will be covered with visqueen.  All of this prep work usually takes about an hour. 
  • Once the prep work is done, spray foam insulation is applied. A reminder - this is when the house will need to be vacant.

Post-install clean up:
  • After spray foam is applied, our crew will clean up any additional debris as needed. They will lock up your home per instructions you have provided. 
  • Our crew is happy to call to let you know when the job is complete and they are leaving your house. This can help you to know when you may return to your home after the recommended ventilation time. Please let your crew leader know if you would like a call.

Have other questions about your install? Please call our office: 608-845-7625

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