Is it time for Crawl Space Insulation Installation in Grapevine? What is the best type to choose? Let us focus on four specific types. One is blown attic insulation the other is batt insulation. Each type has pros and cons. However, which is the best choice for you.
One of the best advantages of blown attic insulation over batt is that the blown style covers everything; while there can be open areas in the batt type.
When you’re looking to have your home or building insulated with spray foam insulation, you have a couple of product choices. Whether you go with closed foam or open foam insulation, the differences in their make will make a big difference in which one will work best for your needs.
Radiant barrier insulation has one reflective side that is made from an aluminum coating. Any radiant barrier insulation can be installed in an existing or new home. The reflective side of the barrier insulation is made to face the open air pocket of the surface.
Almost all Crawl Space Insulation Installation in Grapevine are tested and rated as fireproof. If for some strange reason you find one that is not, stay away from that product.
About Reflective Foil Insulation
What are the special installation types forspray foam that may not be typically obvious? What is very popular in California, especiallyin northern California, is wine tanks.
All the tanks they store wine in.
All of themare sprayed with two inches of spray foam.
Do you have any pictures?There is a huge market of it in northern California, and there is a market for it in Southern California.
These types of things.
They get big.
These look to be huge.
We spray the outside of thosethings.
So the outside wouldn't be silver likethat.
It would have a layer.
So what would you do exactly? What type of spray foam wouldyou use? You would first clean it, make sure all thedust is off it.
Some might have what material it is.
Some might require a primer.
And thenyou actually spray roofing foam on it, because it just comes out a lot smoother which isusually a 2.
8 density, 3 point density, and then you do two layers of elastomeric roofcoating just like basically a roof application.
So sometimes they could be in a control environment.
Presumably, you wouldn't need to do it if it's in a controlled environment, or wouldyou do it? No, no.
You typically wouldn't do it, butthey would already have the environment already insulated.
But this reminds me of though,is the building that this is in, these are typically called pole barns.
The reason beingis that they're usually made out of metal.
Metal siding and the wind picks up, it's veryloud and rattley.
The pole structures they don't have any installation in there and.
First unexpected applications for spray foam would be wine tanks.
Presumably this wouldbe a manufacturing facility in a winery.
They make wine in containers like these do they?Yes.
Temecula's in southern California, that's about an hour and a half away from me.
Thereis a lot of wineries out there.
I just wouldn't have visualized the productionof wine in big tanks like that.
It's just not intuitive.
Well there's an unusual application.
That's a good one.
What else? Agriculture.
Like for example in Idaho.
It'sreally popular you know that they use pole bars are just screwed together with sheetmetal and steel, and sometimes wood.
A lot of the farming communities would get awfullywindy and they just are loud and rattley.
And this would tighten up all the sheet metal,sidings, and roofing.
For a nice and quiet and comfortable inside.
It blocks all the gaps and just strengthens the building overall structurally becauseit forms kind of solid coating.
On these cold climate areas in California, horse farms.
Where they don't want the horsesfreezing out there.
So we've got wine tanks, whole barns, andhorse barns.
And a lot of these barns, they put in areasfor the employees.
They'll attach a little office to them.
They need to be insulatedas well.
So I imagine a big area.
I mean these arejust basically like big hangers aren't they? So if they need to become controlled, I imaginethey're going to be very difficult to because this is such a big open area.
The way they'reconstructed, I imagine they must be very difficult and very expensive to maintain a specificclimate in them.
As long as they do spray foam it wouldn'tbe difficult.
It seals everything up and all they need is two inches.
Is there a way to define the insulation value that would be achieved in an installationlike this? You would get the 6.
5 or 7 R value per inch.
2 inches that would give you 14.
So there's your R value.
You then give them an equivalent of an R14 insulation.
Is that what you are saying?Yes.
So it doesn't sound like a lot.
It's fact to the whole thing about spray foam is the air sealing.
If you the minimum oftwo inches in there, the heat or the cold isn't going to pass that.
You have that airbarrier in 2 inches closed-cell foam.
The R value really isn't relevant.
So it's stillnot going to penetrate it, because it has an air barrier.
It's sealed tight,The reality then you're saying is that although it's theoretically an R14, the actual practicalbenefit of the insulation will be much greater than that.
We're back to the performance than prescriptive.
Prescriptive it's an R14.
The performanceis much greater than that because it has air sealing.
An air barrier in it.
How To Remove Animals From The Attic
House attic mold is one of the most "popular" items in my property inspection reports. And now is time for an explanation of how to kill mold and / or how to clean mold in the attic. But before I do that, let me give you a little advice, something to consider before you sign a few (if you're lucky) thousand dollars contract agreement with a mold remediation company.
Attic mold remediation TIP - an alternative (to consider):
Let us assume that you are in the middle of a real-estate transaction, and the home inspector just revealed to you, that your entire house attic is contaminated with mold.
If you have a brand new roof, you can only blame yourself or try to blame the roofing contractor for not checking the attic before replacing the roof (he will laugh at you unless you've actually asked the guy to check the attic before the roof replacement). If you have an older roof, the importance of this advice is even greater.
Call at least 2-3 mold remediation companies for an estimate - specify to the representatives, that you not only want to have the mold removed, but also attic ventilation system corrected / installed if necessary / ask if the attic insulation requires replacement.
With the numbers from the mold remediation contractors, call 2-3 roofing contractors, and ask them for a quote on the roof replacement cost including decking boards / plywood (ask the roofer to check the attic area), attic ventilation improvement, and insulation if necessary.
Be cautious if they only suggest humidistat controlled power vent installation - without properly functioning soffit vents or any type of vents along the lower portion of the roof this might not be an adequate solution.
If the attic insulation replacement is not required (it most cases it will not be possible to tell without laboratory testing), make sure it's sealed with plastic foil before the roof and its decking replacement. Fold the foil sealing its contents after the contaminated decking has been removed, and dispose of as a regular waste (EPA recommendation).
I personally wouldn't even attempt to do it myself, so my suggestion is:
Use a professional mold remediation company:
- check their background and check it manually by calling their clients
- ask for clients who had their attic mold remediated approximately 1 year ago - it usually takes a winter for the mold to start growing again if the job wasn't fully completed
- Insist on removing the mold completely instead of encapsulating it (Media Blasting methods give the best results).
- Encapsulation is simply a process of covering the mold contaminated surface with paint (paint like product) that contains (or at least some of them do) mold killing chemicals
If your attic mold is properly removed and all of the issues responsible for its growth corrected, which is even more important than mold removing, it will not re-grow / no need for encapsulating.
- Hire a different contractor for mold testing and mold remediation to eliminate conflict of interest.
- Make sure that you perform an independent clearance test after the mold remediation process completion.
- Clearance test is to determine if there are any mold spores remaining in the previously contaminated area
All wood (framing and decking) surfaces should be perfectly clean (like brand new), unless there was some rotting that resulted from leaking roof or extremely humid conditions in the attic - those sections of wood should be either replaced or reinforced from underneath. You don't want anyone to fall through the roof while servicing it or just inspecting.