Invest in Spray Foam Insulation for Winter

Prepare your Iowa Home for Wintertime

iowa cold weather spray foam insulationEven though fall is just starting, seasons can change quickly here in the midwest. With winter getting nearer and nearer, it is important that you make sure your home is ready for the cold weather. There are a lot of ways that you can help to get your Iowa home ready for falling temperatures. See the following list for some ideas:


  • Call Your HVAC Company:
    Before winter, you may want to get your furnace inspected and clean out ducts. The last thing that you want to deal with when your home is under several feet of snow is a broken furnace.
  • Stock Up: Make sure that you have enough furnace fuel and filters to keep your home warm during the winter months when it may be harder to get out.
  • Fix Cracks: Check your foundation and the glass in your windows and have any cracks fixed to prevent cold air from leaking inside.
  • Inspect Your Roof: Make sure that there are no leaks that could become a problem with the heavy winter precipitation.

Though steps like these are important in keeping your home safe from the dangers of Iowa winters, one of the most important things that you can do is make sure your home is properly insulated. Spray foam applied by experts at Iowa Spray Foam Insulators, LLC. provides highly effective insulation for your home.

Protect Your Home from the Cold with Iowa Spray Foam Insulation

winter spray foam insulation iowaDo not wait until the season changes to invest in spray foam insulation for your home. Call Iowa Spray Foam today to get ready for the approaching winter weather.
The best time to install spray foam is the time of year with the most extreme temperatures. Here in Iowa, that means the winter and summer months. Spray foam insulation helps to seal your home from the exterior, regulating the temperature inside. This helps keep the home cool in the hot summertime and warm during winter storms. However, you should not wait until winter is already here to make sure your home is insulated. Ice storms, large amounts of snow, and dangerously low temperature are harsh conditions for spray foam contractors to work in. That is why the time just before winter is the ideal time to get ready for cold weather.

Not only will spray foam insulation keep your home warm during the wintertime, but it can also save you money. The better insulated that your home is, the less your heater will have to work to keep it warm. This can drastically cut down on your heating expenses. Have spray foam insulation installed in your home before winter and then compare this winter’s heating costs to last winter’s to see just how much of a difference it can make.

Call our expert team today to get a quote on spray foam insulation for your home. We insulate basements, attics, pipes, floors, walls, roofs, and more in western Iowa.

 

Floor Insulation in Iowa

Floor InsulationDept. of Energy recommends floor insulation

Floor insulation in your Iowa home can help keep your Iowa home more comfortable and also reduce your energy costs. Most people underestimate the importance of floor insulation. It can keep your entire home more energy efficient and keep your energy costs down. Approximately 25% of heat is lost if your floors are not insulated. The Department of Energy
recommends floor insulation to save on energy costs.

Floor Insulation Solutions in Iowa

Iowa Spray Foam Insulators, LLC uses spray foam insulation for floor insulation in Iowa. We use the best products available for floor insulation. These products include Sealection500 and Heatlok Soy 200.

The Sealection500 is an open cell spray foam that will not sag settle, deteriorate or Floor insulation in Iowadecompose. The Heatlok Soy200 is a closed cell spray foam insulation. The difference between open cell and closed cell is the closed cells are filled with a gas that makes the foam rise and expand. Open cell spray foam is a semi-rigid 1/2 pound per cubic feet spray foam that is low density.

Foam spray insulation for your floors in Iowa will create an effective thermal barrier. It will provide a resistance of moisture penetration and will give your home long-term R-values that are superior to other types of insulation for your floors. Other benefits of floor insulation in Iowa are:

  • Quieter home
  • Saves energy costs
  • Increases home comfort
  • Reduces risk of moisture damage
  • Helps guard against pipe freezing

Contact Iowa Spray Foam Insulators, LLC for all of your floor insulation needs in Iowa.

 

 

 

How Spray Foam Keeps Moisture Out of Your Iowa Attic

Spray Foam Used as a Vapor Retarder in Iowa Homes

Closed Cell Spray Foam Moisture BarrierWhile most insulation types are prone to retain water and develop mold issues if there is a leak, this is not the case with spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation can actually be used to keep moisture out of your home as well as to keep it insulated. By installing closed cell spray foam on the underside of your roof, you can keep your attic dry and warm all year long.

Overall, there are many great advantages to using spray foam insulation in the attic of your home in Iowa:

  • Effectively Insulates Home
  • Reduces Moisture Infiltration
  • Eliminates Need for Ventilation
  • Prevents Mold Growth

Most types of insulation soak in water if there are any leaks in the roof. This means that they become saturated and increase the likelihood of mold growing in your home. This is just one of the drawbacks to using traditional means of insulation instead of spray foam to insulate your roof and attic.

Why Use Spray Foam Insulation for Your Iowa Attic?

Because the spray foam binds so tightly to the bottom of the roof when it is applied, it prevents the materials that make up the roof from moving during changing temperature conditions. This reduces the chance that nails will pop or loosen, keeping opportunities for water entry from the roof to a minimum. The roof may still develop a leak if the construction was poor, but the moisture will not spread throughout the entire roof as it would with a more porous insulation material like fiberglass. Instead, the spray foam will prevent the moisture from spreading and damaging the entire roof and seeping through to the ceiling.

The effectiveness of spray foam at regulating the temperature in your home is just one of the reasons to choose it as the insulation material in your attic. Not only will spray foam insulation stop winter cold and summer heat from infiltrating your home, but it will also reduce moisture and leakage from the roof. Also, the ability of closed cell spray foam to trap moisture and air out of your home means that you no longer need ventilation in the attic. Ventilation is put in to carry moisture build up out of the fibrous insulation material to maximize thermal efficiency. Since spray foam insulation does not absorb moisture, no ventilation is needed.

Contact our spray foam installers right away to learn how you can use spray foam to encapsulate and insulate your attic and the rest of your Iowa home.

Why Choose Spray Foam Insulation for Iowa Winters

Spray Foam Insulation for Iowa Winters

We know that winters around the Carroll, IA area can be very harsh For this reason, it is important that you make sure your home is well insulated. This can help to keep you and your family warm even on the coldest days this winter. While traditional methods of insulation, such as fiberglass, may not be enough to properly insulate your home and withstand several years of cold and harsh storms, the spray foam insulation from Iowa Spray Foam Insulators, LLC. can keep your home warm for years to come.

Besides being more effective than the traditional fiberglass insulation used in most homes, spray foam insulation can be more convenient to install and can be fitted to every room and area in your home. Here are a few of the different applications that you can use spray foam insulation for in Iowa homes:

These are just a few of the areas that can benefit from spray foam insulation services. Keep the cold air out of your home this winter with spray foam insulation from Iowa Spray Foam Insulators, LLC.

Why Choose Spray Foam Insulation for Your Iowa Home This Winter

Spray Foam Insulation Iowa WintersSpray foam easily fills all of the gaps and spaces behind your walls, underneath your floor, and above your ceiling, This leaves an insulating barrier between the cold outdoors and you and your family within the home. As it is sprayed, closed cell spray foam expands to 30-40 times itself, meaning that a small amount can fill large areas in a short time period. Open cell spray foam expands even more, up to 120 times itself in just a few seconds. This quick expansion makes it simple and fast for our experts to install spray foam insulation in your home.

Fiberglass and other insulation materials may let some air through, but both open and closed cell spray foam completely block outdoor air from entering, making them a great sound barrier as well as an insulator. Certain kinds of closed cell spray foam can even help to seal moisture out of your home, keeping you and your family dry and warm all winter long, no matter what the weather is like outside. Other kinds of spray foam, open cell spray foams, allow water to pass through and make it easier to tell when you have a leak in your home that needs repaired. Because the spray foam insulation does not soak up the water, it is less likely to develop mold issues.

Contact our team today to find out which type of spray foam insulation is the best choice for protecting your Iowa home from the bitter cold this winter.

What Makes Us Stand Out Above Other Spray in Foam Companies in Iowa?

Iowa Spray Foam Cares about Its Customers

As a spray in foam company in Iowa, our goal is to make sure that our customers get the best service possible from us. We want the job to be completed well and in a timely fashion with great customer service. Our installation professionals are always polite and courteous.

Seeing our customers happy is what our business is all about. We love hearing our customers come back with great results because of our spray foam services. Many of our customers have contacted us after we have finished the project and noted that their energy bills have decreased significantly–sometimes even up to 50%–and their homes are quieter, as well. We here at Iowa Spray Foam work with both residential and commercial projects, and have gotten great feedback from them both!

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There a few other spray in foam companies in Iowa, and we make sure our prices are always competitive. Spray foam insulation can be expensive, but the benefits of spray foam always outweigh the original cost. Think of spray foam insulation as an investment in your home’s future. Your energy costs will decrease and your home will be more comfortable all year round.

Spray foam insulation has a few other benefits that make it better than other forms of insulation. Spray foam can act as a sound barrier, which makes your home quieter. You will not hear as much outside sound. Also, some forms of spray foam can act as a water barrier. You will not encounter mold and mildew in your insulation. Pests do not nest in spray foam insulation, as well.

To learn more about our spray foam insulation options and services, make sure to contact us here at Iowa Spray Foam. We offer both open and closed cell spray foam options. Our service area covers a large portion of Iowa. Give us a call today! We want to work with you and make sure you get the best service possible.

Documented Payback: Spray Foam Insulation

Documented Payback: Spray Foam Insulation

One of the most popular questions we get from prospective customers is “when can we expect a payback from spray foam insulation?” The answer? Well that can vary greatly depending on multiple things. So I thought I would try to answer that question with an independent source study.

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In 2009 as part of the US DOE Building American Program, the Florida Solar Energy Center, CPS Energy, and Woodside Homes built three homes. They all had the same floor plan and size. These three homes had different types of insulation (blown fiberglass and spray foam) and used different HVAC systems in the upgraded homes. The idea was to see if the upgraded homes would really save energy. What they found was what we expected and what we see on almost every job we do. The spray foam insulated homes simply outperformed the “build to code” homes.

In fact, the improved homes (those with spray foam insulation and upgraded HVAC systems) saved anywhere form 55-77% in energy on average. This was tested in July of 2009 and continued until it ended in April of 2011. I would say that’s impressive!

There are a couple of things I would like to point out here. First, on the improved homes they used open cell spray foam in a conditioned attic assembly. In southern climates, this is key to keeping energy costs low. However, conditioned attics work in most climates.

Second, HERs ratings on these homes ranged from 86 on the controlled home to 54 and 37 on the improved homes. I think this gives the HERs rating system validation. It is a really good predictor of how to analyze the home before and after it is built and the amount of energy being used.

The third thing that needs pointing out is the amount of air changes per hour, or ACH50. On the control home built to standard code, it had 5.84 ACH50 versus the improved home with open cell spray foam insulation only had 1.95 ACH50. Basically, the spray foam home was over 66% tighter home. Meaning it leaks a third of the air that a blown fiberglass insulated home does. Now, from previous blogs we have learned that air leakage is important.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the control home had R-30 blown fiberglass installed in the attic. The improved home had open cell spray foam installed at R-28. Just as we have said before, R values do not indicate actual performance (see this blog for further explanation).

So what we have learned is investing in upgraded insulation (even with a lower R value) and building a tighter home equals a quick payback. Keep in mind these are not our findings, but rather that of several independent organization’s findings. Invest in your building with spray foam insulation. Give us a call.

How To: Marketing Spray Foam Insulation for Builders

How To: Marketing Spray Foam Insulation for Builders

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Sometimes I think that over the last ten years I’ve been in the business of spray foam insulation that everyone has at least heard of spray foam insulation. It’s hard for me to believe that there are quite a few people who have never heard of spray foam insulation. It still amazes me when I walk into a model home in a subdivision that a builder or realtor never mention anything about energy efficiency of the home or what the utilities will cost to run on a monthly basis.

This video is a great example of how realtors and builders simply miss the boat when it comes to energy efficient upgrades:

So why is this? My guess is that most builders focus way too much on profit and not enough on building a quality home. Most builders think spray foam insulation is an expensive upgrade to a home. But what consumers have figured out is that spray foam is a no-brainer investment that pays out big (take a look at a previous blog that explains the life-cycle cost of spray foam insulation).

What builders are really missing out on is offering an upgraded package that could add profits to a new home that still offers real value to the consumer. I have written many blogs over the years on the value of spray foam insulation. So in this blog I am going to give the builders a few pointers on how to market spray foam insulation to consumers.

Marketing Tips for Builders:

Spray foam insulation offers more comfortable homes. The real key to selling spray foam is to realize that it has nothing to do with the cost savings of the product. Yes, it does pay back on the return investment. But the real advantage or benefit to the home owner is the comfortable home. No more cold rooms or drafty homes. It takes different sales skills to sell a product that is hidden behind the walls. Much of this work has already been presented to the consumer from just about every Saturday morning home improvement show known to man. The consumer sees these shows using spray foam insulation on almost every project. If you doubt me, turn on one this weekend and watch.

While I could go into great detail on how we market to the consumer, I won’t (I’d like to not educate my competitors – I know  they watch my blogs on a regular basis).

But what I will do is offer our services. If you – as a builder or realtor – are interested in offering spray foam insulation, give us a call. We have a very detailed sales process that we are more than willing to offer builders. We will set down and train you and your sales staff on how to sell spray foam insulation.

Paying Up Front

Paying Up Front

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Every time you see a storm come through your area you surely see a long line of construction storm chasers beating on your door. They bring with them unlimited promises of high quality work completed fast. You will also see numerous local TV stations doing segments on these construction workers. These segments almost always include a stern warning not to give these guys any money up front. Usually within a few weeks you will see a corresponding story on how some old couple paid for the work up front and never received the services. The couple loses their life savings to the shady contractor and the news person recites a check list of things to check out before you hire a contractor.

While not giving these kind of contractors any money up front is not such a bad idea, keep in mind not all contractors are that way. I would suggest the payment up front. But we do not ask for some of the money up front.

Deposits

Let me explain to you why we don’t ask for a deposit: just as you don’t know us, we don’t know you. When we send a salesperson out to consult with you, it is the first time we have met you. We don’t really know anything about you or your credit.

We give you a quote and you then tell us to proceed. Unlike most goods or items (like cars), once we install our spray foam insulation into your house, there is no way to repo our product. If for some reason you are not able or willing to pay us, the only real recourse we have is to put a lien on your property. While this may get us paid, it takes time (sometimes even years to collect!).We have time and material invested in a project that we cannot collect. You would not go into a big box store and just walk out without paying.

You should also expect respectable contractors to ask for some kind of money down on a project in good faith. Once again, I do not recommend giving 100% down, but a deposit of 25-30% is very common in the construction world. Depending on the type of service or project, some contracts will require monthly draws or payments corresponding with the amount of work completed.

As we have said many times before, you have to do your homework! Check out the contractor, check his references, make sure he has a store front, an address, and a way to find him if things go bad. In this day and age a quick Google search will most likely pop up red flags if the contractor is shady.

Pole Barn and Post Frame Building Spray Foam Insulation in Iowa

Benefits of Pole Barn & Post Frame Building Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is possibly one of the most valuable investments you could make for your home, business, storage, or barn. Pole barns and post frame buildings are no exception. There are so many benefits to insulating these structures, and with spray foam insulation you will receive so many more advantages than with other types of insulation, such as fiberglass insulation. Some of these benefits include:

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  • Noise Reduction – our spray foam reduces noise pollution such as wind and storms.
  • Decreased Energy Costs – your energy costs will decrease because our spray foam is such high quality.
  • Pest Prevention – insects and rodents can not nest in spray foam like they can in other insulation.
  • Moisture Elimination – spray foam insulation is water resistant, which eliminates the possibility of mold and mildew growth.
  • Bulk Reduction – spray foam insulation is much less bulky than other insulation options such as fiberglass.

These are all benefits you will receive you choose spray foam insulation from Iowa Spray Foam. Needless to say, this insulation option is top quality. While these may be slightly more expensive than other insulation options, it is definitely worth it. You will save money in the long run, it is just the original cost that can be daunting.

Types of Spray Foam Insulation for Pole Barn & Post Frame Buildings

We here at Iowa Spray Foam offer two main types of spray foam insulation. They both have their benefits and downfalls, but they are both better than other options. We can help you choose which one will be best for your specific structure that you want to insulate. The two types that we offer include:

Open Cell Spray Foam – this option is lighter and less dense, but it takes up more space. It costs less than closed cell spray foam.

Closed Cell Spray Foam – closed cell spray foam is more dense, but takes up less space. It costs more, but has the added benefit of being water resistant.

Contact us today to learn more about our insulation options or for a FREE estimate. We want to hear from you so you can have peace of mind. Our team of professionals is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of insulation. Give us a call today!

Spray Foam Insulation: Not Just for Custom Homes

Spray Foam Insulation: Not Just for Custom Homes

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Although spray foam insulation has grown in popularity over the last ten years we’ve been in the industry, many people believe it is still only an upgrade for high end custom homes. This is not only false, but what most people don’t know is that spray foam insulation can also be a great cost saver for the entry level home industry. Homes starting in the $200,000 price range benefit the most from spray foam insulation.

I can’t remember how many times during a conversation with a custom home builder or during sales call to a regional production builder that they are ready to quickly dismiss spray foam insulation in an entry level home. Many large, national production builders who sometimes build in many different markets across the country have figured out that spray foam insulation is not only a good idea, but should not be just an upgrade option.

Builders like Beazer and Ryland Homes are using spray foam insulation as a standard insulation product, not just as an upgrade. So what do these national builders know that a smaller custom or regional production builder does not? Spray foam lowers energy cost, which lowers over all monthly cost of home ownership. This helps home owners buy higher priced homes because they have more money left over in their budget for home payments.

They are advertising energy cost like MPG stickers for new cars. A home insulated with spray foam insulation can reduce monthly energy bills up to 50%. Spray foam insulation helps meet energy code easier, reducing building costs which raises profit per home. Spray foam also solves callback issues. How many times has a new home owner called back and complained about how cold or hot a room is in their new home? Bonus rooms above garages or floors being too cold to walk across. Perhaps vaulted ceilings creating hot bedrooms during the summer months.

Savings from smaller HVAC units due to the superb performance of spray foam means more dollars of profit to the production builders and lower operating cost of HVAC units. So it doesn’t matter if you are a small custom builder, building one or two homes a year or a national home builder building thousands of homes a year in many different markets. Spray foam insulation works in entry level homes to high end custom homes. Simply solving problems, creating warm and comfortable homes, and creating lower energy and operating costs. We work with small to large home builders all the time.

Call us now to reap the benefits of spray foam insulation.