From spray foam to batt to blown-in insulation, Eco Tec has thousands of home project jobs under its belt.
Spray Foam Insulation
There are two types of spray foam insulation: open-cell and closed cell.
Open cell spray foam is a soft foam insulation that is sprayed in place and expands to completely insulate and air seal your home in a single application. It is sprayed on in a thin layer and quickly fills with tiny air pockets, or open cells, causing the insulation to expand to 100 times its original size. These air-filled cells give open cell insulation its great insulating and noise reduction properties. The expansion of the foam keeps it in contact will surrounding surfaces so that it will never sag.
Unlike open cell insulation, closed cell insulation does not fill with tiny air pockets and expand. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure. Thus it is much denser than open cell insulation and provides a higher R-value than open cell insulation. Closed cell insulation is a very good barrier against both air and water vapor. Because it is so dense, it can help add strength to the structures to which it is applied. It is commonly applied to roofing and other outdoor projects. Because of these properties, closed cell insulation is also most often applied to shallow spaces, as well.
Buildings with spray foam insulation routinely perform 30-50% better than buildings with traditional insulation materials.
Spray foam insulation helps make your home environmentally friendly. Effective insulation is one of the best ways to go green.
Spray foam is ideal for reducing airborne noises around the home. Spray foam expands to seal the gaps and holes airborne sounds move through within a home, muffling the sounds from home theaters and playrooms, as well as indoor plumbing that makes noise when you run a shower or flush a toilet.
Spray foam insulation greatly reduces airborne contaminants in your living environment. The foam, when expanded, minimizes airflow and moisture movement through walls, stopping outside pollutants and allergens from entering the building.
In addition to spray foam insulation, Eco Tec also offers more traditional insulation options. See these different options below. Or explore the benefits of spray foam insulation, the most efficient and technologically advanced way to insulate your house.
- Fiberglass insulation
- Cellulose insulation
- Mineral wool insulation
Blown-in insulation comes in smaller chunks. The installer, taking his best firefighter pose, holds a large hose and blows the chunks into the attic. A large machine outside churns the chunks and uses air to blow them up through the hose.
The two main choices here are fiberglass and cellulose, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. They both insulate about the same, though, with R-vales in the 3 to 4 per inch range. Cellulose comes from recycled newspapers.
The photo above shows an attic insulated with blown cellulose. Notice how you don’t see any of the ceiling framing down at the ceiling level. You also don’t see any gaps that allow you to see all the way down to the ceiling drywall. That’s because blown insulation is great at filling the gaps and giving you a good, complete layer of insulation.
Why Remove Insulation?
In the event that you have had an issue with wild creatures in your attic, or you’ve seen that your house isn’t as comfortable as it used to be, you may need to consider enlisting Eco Tec to investigate your home’s insulation.
After our careful examination, we may find that it is important to clean out the current insulation. Squirrels, mice, and different rodents can unleash ruin in the attic. Other than the conspicuous health worries, their waste can pack the insulation down by as much as 90%. This makes your insulation practically useless.
Dampness is another normal issue we find in attics. Homes with poor attic ventilation and higher-than-normal dampness levels will frequently experience ill effects. One way Eco Tec can assist you with this issue is by air sealing; this will avoid future issues. To deal with your current situation, we do insulation removal.