Friday, June 16, 2017

Is your home built on a crawl space? If so, there may be hidden problems that affect your home and your family. If your crawl space is not insulated and air sealed, here’s what could be in store:

  1. MOISTURE DAMAGE
    Moisture is the number one enemy of a crawl space and often goes unnoticed. A damp crawl space can affect the integrity of your floor joists and impact the structure of your home. The first step is to be sure water is properly draining away from your home. Next, insulate and air seal your crawl space to further help the space remain dry.
  2. PESTS
    Damp environments create ideal living conditions for pests. Wet or damp wood framing provides an excellent food source for termites and other insects
    Air sealing and insulating your crawl space helps close access points to your crawl space. It also reduces moisture – one of the factors that draws in pests in the first place.
  3. POOR AIR QUALITY
    Your home naturally breathes. Airflow in a home goes from the ground, up through the house and out through the roofline. If your home is on a damp crawlspace, that damp air (and everything in it) is drawn up through the home and into the air you and your family breathe.  Air sealing your crawl space keeps that air below your home and out of your indoor air.
  4. LOST ENERGY DOLLARS
    Need one more reason to insulate and air seal your crawl space? An unfinished crawl space affects your monthly energy bills. An unsealed crawl space can lead to uneven temperatures between rooms as well as high heating and cooling bills. Insulating and air sealing your crawl space can help keep your home comfortable and save money on monthly energy bills.

If you have questions about your crawl space, contact our office. We are happy to provide an estimate to insulate and air seal your crawl space.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Have a crawl space? You may have big problems.

Crawl spaces are susceptible to moisture and deterioration problems. Why? Soil has high humidity. This humidity causes a crawl space to become damp. This environment can harbor mold, creating a living space for pests and great an unhealthy environment.

This unhealthy environment directly affects your home and your family. The natural airflow of a home is from bottom to top (ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, the moist air (and everything in it) flows up and into the living areas of the home.

There are many benefits to air sealing and insulating your home’s crawl space:

  • You create a more comfortable and healthier living environment for you and your family.
  • You can saving on energy costs by not having to heat or cool the air from the crawl space that is pulled into your home (a result of natural air flow).
  • You protect the structure of your home. Reducing moisture in your crawl space keeps your home’s foundation dry and intact.

Have questions or concerns about your crawl space? Contact us. We are happy to help!



Monday, November 28, 2016

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home. Not only can water damage cause mold, it can compromise the structure of your home. Choosing gutters isn’t the first thing most people think of when building or remodeling a home. But knowing the damage poor gutters can cause, they are one of the most important investments you can make to protect your home.

It’s important to choose the right size gutters and have them professionally installed. The proper choice and installation of rain gutters helps draw water away from your home, saving thousands of dollars in potential future repairs. In addition, installing a gutter drain system can help further draw water from your home.

Gutters are available in a variety of colors, styles, and sizes (5" and 6"). With today’s design options, gutters can enhance the look of your home.

ABS has been installing gutters since 1998. Our gutter division delivers the same quality and attention to detail as our insulation clients. We have knowledge of and experience in every aspect of rain gutter selection, customization and installation.

Contact our office to discuss your project or schedule a free estimate. 




If you want to save money on your energy bills and increase the comfort of your home, start at the top. Did you know that 70% of energy loss is up, not out? By increasing the efficiency of your attic, a homeowner can begin to see a reduction in energy bills almost immediately.

Energy efficiency is about more than insulation. An efficient attic includes air sealing. According to the Department of Energy, having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

Air Sealing
Air sealing prevents airflow. Proper air sealing of a home prevents airflow between a home and attic, helping heated or cooled air stay inside the home by closing the gaps that leak air. Think of air sealing like closing a window before running air conditioning – why condition the interior air if you are going to let it sneak out through a gap in your home’s envelope?

Your home may have leaks that are easily to see through a simple visual inspection. Your home also has many air leaks that can’t be easily seen. These are commonly found around light boxes, plumbing stacks, soffit drops, basement box sills and more. Having your home professionally air sealed and adding proper mechanical ventilation can help keep conditioned air in, pests and allergens out and ensure your home has proper air exchange.

Insulating
Many times when upgrading insulation in existing homes, blow in fiberglass is added on top of existing insulation. This adds R-value to the home and creates a fresh new blanket of protection.

Even newer homes can benefit from upgraded insulation. As building codes increase, nearly all homes need more insulation to ensure they are meeting current standards.
Spray foam insulation doesn’t just insulate your home like traditional insulation products such as fiberglass or cellulose. Spray foam insulation insulates and seals air leaks.

Air sealing prevents air from inside your home from escaping through the cracks and crevices in your home. These penetration points can be tiny – so small they may not be visible. These penetration points result from the construction process – installing electrical wires, can lights, duct work, attic access doors, plumbing stacks and more.

Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air inside your home (air you’ve already paid to heat or cool).

Why invest in spray foam insulation?
With so many ways homeowners can spend money on their home, why should you invest in spray foam insulation? Here are just a few reasons:
  • Sealing air leaks and adding proper mechanical ventilation to a home can increase your indoor air quality. Air leakage (outside air that enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings) is not the same as ventilation. Sealing these leaks and properly ventilating your home creates healthier indoor air.
  • Is your house built on a crawl space? Insulating and sealing your crawl space with foam insulation can dramatically improve the air quality inside your home. As your home naturally breathes air from your crawl space moves up into your home, bringing with it contaminants such as mold and pest debris with it. Sealing your crawl space will keep those pests out of your home.
  • By properly insulating and air sealing you will reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system. In new home construction, proper insulation and air sealing has resulted in the installation of a smaller HVAC system!
Have a metal building that needs insulation? Spray foam insulation is a great solution. It can easily be installed to the building's interior to maintain indoor temperature. Spray foam can also increase the strength of your metal building, helping defend it against high winds and more.

Spray foam isn't just for building insulation! We've installed spray foam insulation in a variety of applications - Sprinter vans that require a controlled temp, trailers and more! Think it can't be done? Call us – we can help!

Contact us to schedule your free spray foam insulation estimate or with any questions you have about spray foam insulation.




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