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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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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