Spray Foam Insulation Services In Longville, Minnesota

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Commercial Insulation

We have plenty of experience on many types of commercial projects from small retail stores to large building and schools we have insulated many commercial building to spec. All of our installers are fully trained and certified in jobsite safety procedures and licenced to operate any heavy lifts or equiment required to reach areas of commercial projects.

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Residential Insulation

Experience a new kind of comfort and energy bills you can pay with change from your pocket when you invest in using the highest performing insulation available on the market. 

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Industrial & Agricultural  Insulation

We are well versed in many industrial and agricultural insulation applications. Whether you need blown insulation in your barn or High-density Super Strong Spray Foam for your chicken house that they cant peck away, we can take care of any of your industrial or agricultural insulation needs.

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Spray Foam Insulation In Longville, MN

Types Of Spray Foam Insulation

2lb Closed-Cell Medium Density Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation

Closed-cell, medium density SPF is one of the highest performing insulations on the market. 2lb foam has an R-Value per inch of thickness of R6 to R7 depending on the manufacturer, most of them being R6. It’s not only a great insulator, it’s also a vapor barrier and air barrier all in one product. Spray foam is one of the only type of installation where the R-value is unaffected by air or moisture.  Not many people know that when it comes to other fibrous types of insulations the “Rated R-Value” listed on the package is greatly dependent on the “optimal” conditions for the product to perform, with zero moisture and air movement, which is an environment you cannot find anywhere except in a laboratory. Although, fibrous insulation is still widely used and accepted as common practice and perfectly fine to use in your home but, so is a rotary telephone, or a refrigerator that stays cool from a large block of ice…. Spray Foam Insulation is the new “improved” insulation that eliminates the flaws in old traditional insulation systems.

0.5lb Open-Cell Light Density Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation

Open-cell, light density SPF, also commonly referred to as icynene foam, has an R-Value of between R3 and R4 Per Inch (Depending on the manufacture) and is a much softer spongy spray foam compared closed-cell.  Open-cell foam also expands out of rate about five times more than 2 lb foam. This makes it great for filling large cavities, or insulating areas that are blocked by framing or ductwork leaving only a small crack or hole to insulate through. Open cell foam is not a vapor barrier and does require the additional vapor barrier to installed on the appropriate side of the building envelope depending on where you live in the climate.

Injection Foam

Injection foam is a low-rise spray foam insulation it has been formulated specifically for filling cavities or voids, to create a foam that slowly Rises, allowing extra time for the foam to react and expand filled cavity with less expanding pressure or strength than other types of foam, which reduces the risk of the spray foam pushing out or bowing the drywall well expanding within the cavity.

3lb High Density Roofing Spray foam

3 pound High Density Roofing SPF is a high strength spray foam  used on flat roofs and the exterior of buildings. because of its higher density it expands at a lower rate than 2 lb foam allowing it to be sprayed more smoothly or flat which is required for roofing or exterior insulation. High-density roofing foam also reduces impact damage caused by extreme weather like hail.

5lb-10lb Ultra High Density Agricultural Spray Foam

Ultra high-density agricultural  SPF is the most dense, highest strength spray foam available. Is not commonly used as insulation in homes or buildings but can be found more frequently used in agricultural applications. When ultra high-density home is applied it expands very little and hardens into plastic-like coding similar to a truck bed liner protective coating set this protective coating does have some insulation properties to it. Super strong ultra high density home is most commonly found used in chicken houses because the super-strong plastic-like insulation cannot be pecked scratched or destroyed by chickens or any other animals.

Spray Foam Insulation Applications

  • Attic insulation
  • Basement insulation
  • Wall insulation
  • Garage insulation
  • Foundation insulation
  • Cellar /  cold room insulation
  • Floor insulation
  • Roofing insulation
  • Vaulted ceiling insulation
  • Wine room insulation
  • Indoor pool room insulation
  • Barn  insulation
  • Metal building  insulation
  • Quonset Hut insulation
  • Shipping container  insulation
  • Chicken house  insulation
  • Commercial building insulation
  • Industrial building insulation
  • High-rise building insulation
  • Refrigeration building  insulation
  • Refrigerated truck  insulation
  • Refrigerated van insulation
  • Refrigerated Transport Truck insulation
  • Insulated trailers
  • Insulated fishing huts
  • Insulated hunting blinds 
  • Insulated dog houses
  • Hot Tub Insulation
  • Inground Backyard Coolers
  • Fiberglass pool insulation

  

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Crawlspace Insulation In Longville, MN

Choosing The Right Insulation Or Your Crawlspace

The environment of your crawlspace is much different than in wall where the cavities are closed in with sheathing, drywall, vapor barrier, and other building materials “protecting” the insulation from the elements. Your Crawlspace doesn’t have that same kind of protection. Crawlspaces commonly have very high moisture levels, and are basically considered to be “outside”.

A poorly insulated Crawlspace can lead to mold, rot, and poor indoor air quality, which can be a significant contributing factor to asthma, new allergies, and other respiratory health issues.

Unlike other “fibrous” types of insulation like fiberglass, Spray Foam Insulation not only insulates your crawlspace it also is a vapor barrier which will eliminate moisture and air infiltration and creating a perfect continuous protective layer separating your home from outside elements, moisture, pollutants, pollens and giving you control over your indoor air quality.

Exterior Crawlspace Insulation

Using 2lb Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation to insulate and seal the outside walls of your crawlspace brings the crawlspace inside the building envelope similar to a home’s basement.

This system to insulate your basement is perfect if you have a lot of exposed plumbing, HVAC,  running through the crawlspace.

 

Crawlspace Floor Cavity Insulation

Some crawlspace’s don’t have outside walls or a “skirt” to insulate or possibly all the HVAC and Plumbing is not in the crawlspace or easily contained within the floor cavities you could insulate the floor cavities of the crawlspace. This will most likely be more surface area to insulate with a system floor cavity crawlspace spray foam insulation system

Crawlspace Dirt or gravel exposed ground

There are a few considerations when addressing the exposed earth floor of your crawlspace. Obviously addressing the exposed crawlspace floor is only considered when bringing the crawlspace within the building envelope by spray foaming the outside walls.

1. Are you located in a cold-weather area where the frost line needs to be considered?

2. If Yes, Is the floor of the crawlspace “below Grade”?

3. How “wet” does your crawlspace get? does a river run through your crawlspace during the melting season?

The solution to your exposed earth floor in your crawlspace would depend on how moist the exposed earth gets. It may be as simple as installing a vapor barrier that connects to the walls, or a more advanced system where we spray the gravel or earth floor with a layer of spray foam only thick enough to achieve a vapor barrier completely sealing the earth or gravel floor off from the rest of the crawlspace.

Have one of our Crawlspace specialists come to your location free of charge and inspect your crawlspace and discuss potential insulation systems and their cost to insulate your crawlspace.

 

Basement Insulation In Longville, MN

Choosing the right insulation for your basement

Budget is always the factor in our decision but do you know how much the cost can be to replace, repair or fix something that wasn’t done the right way, to begin with?  Before you consider putting any kind of insulation into your basement walls there is one thing you should think about and that’s moisture. Moisture can cause mold, rott and damage potentially down the road. Our insulation specialists can help you choose the right insulation system that lasts a lifetime without issues.

Protect Your Basement against moisture, Mold and Rott

Most contractors will tell you it’s very common to find fiberglass insulation that has been damaged by moisture and/or water in the basement, leading to a lot of mold. This requires new or repair to the framing down the road. With spray foam insulation you can protect all your framing and drywall from any moisture, water or mold eliminating the potential of rot in the future.

Basements that are below ground, are the most vulnerable area in your home due to  potential moisture, water damage or even flood. Why not take that into consideration when planning the insulation of your basement?  Consider how it could be a system that protects you from potential moisture, water and even a flood.

2-lb closed cell spray foam does not absorb moisture or water and will not allow mold to grow on its surface.  If it does get wet it dries without being absorbed. It does not stop a leak entirely in your foundation walls, but it most definitely can direct any water (ie. down the outside walls and under a suspended floor leading to a drain for the entire basement).

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The top of your basement wall and joist cavities in the ceiling, are located in the important air sealing area of your house. This is where  the concrete foundation walls meet the wood framing and is very prone to air leakage. The only way to completely air seal header cavities is to spray them with spray foam. Spray foam fills the cavity, seals any leaks and cracks and it is also possible to connect the spray foam to the concrete outside walls wrapping over the sill plate in one continuous blanket.    

This way if you did have a flood, the water would come in, run down the concrete foundation walls behind the spray foam insulation and then down below the floor and out the basement drain without ever touching the framing, drywall, or carpet / finished floor. 

You may not even know you had a flood.

Attic Insulation In

Longville, MN

Choosing The Right Insulation For Your Attic

Before making a decision on what type of insulation to use in your attic, you should take a look at the insulation that is already there. Sometimes just adding insulation on top to increase thickness and R-value is not necessarily the right choice and may lead to problems down the road if not done properly. Have one of our insulation experts inspect your attic to find out what the best type of insulation and insulation system to use. 

The Importance of Attic Ventilation

In the summer the sun heats the shingles as well as the roofline, increasing the temperature inside your attic. Heat builds up and has nowhere to exhaust if you don’t have a proper attic ventilation system in place. 

To properly vent your attic, you should have insulation & ventilation baffles installed around the outer edges of the attic.  There should also be a clear path to the soffit without any insulation blockage. 

The soffits around the exterior perimeter of the house should have ventilation holes and not any plywood or other old existing finishings that block ventilation holes to the outside. This pathway is what brings fresh cool air into the attic. Your attic should also have an appropriate amount of roof vents closer to the peak of the roof. These upper roof vents are where the attic air is exhausted.   

When a complete ventilation system is in place the difference in pressure from inside the attic to outside forces the attic to pull fresh air in from the soffits and exhaust existing air from the attic through the roof vents. This keeps your attic cool in the summer, which in turn keeps your house cooler.

In the winter the same system helps exhaust any built-up hot air and moisture not have leaked from the house into the attic due to air sealing. If an attic is completely sealed off from any air or moisture leakage from the house and ventilation during the winter would not be necessary, but we all know that’s rarely the case.

Why Attic Air-Sealing Fixtures, Potlights, And Plumbing Stacks Is Important

The air in your attic is under a different amount of pressure than the air in your house, both of those are under a different amount of pressure than the air outside. This causes your  attic to try to pull air from your house. It is why every little crack or void that leaks air from the house into the attic is more important and you think. 

This air leakage into your attic doesn’t only carry the air you paid to warm your house with but it also carries with it moisture. Moisture in your attic, especially during the winter or cold seasons, is definitely something you don’t want because it could lead to frost, wet insulation, damage to your drywall and even mold.

Sometimes air leakage areas are not just little cracks and holes, they are huge gaps and voids that you could stick your whole arm into.  Plumbing stocks are notorious for having very large air leakage holes around the ventilation stack that continues up through the attic and out the roof.  Pot lights are notoriously leaky in many attics, they are often found without any insulation from the person who installed them.

Problems With Not Insulating Your Attic Properly

Many people think more insulation is better, more R-value, more thickness,  more results right?  

Wrong!  

Sometimes more isn’t the solution and most of the time a better solution will be found by further investigating and fixing the insulation system that’s already in place, or by removing all the insulation and starting over the right way.

It is very easy to cause problems in your attic by just piling up insulation without taking into consideration attic ventilation and air sealing, which may lead to mold in your attic, rot, roof failure and a lot of potential damage. 

Attic insulation is not an item you need more of, it’s a system you need to improve.

Duct Insulation In

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Why Ductwork Insulation Is The Most Important Upgrade For Your Attic

 If you have ducts located running through your attic space or knee wall, it is most likely not well insulated, or the insulation has is falling off, changed or degraded over time. Insulating your ductwork with spray foam insulation is the easiest solution to making sure that it is completely sealed up not leaking any of your conditioned air into your attic and as bringing the warmest, or coolest, are to the room at the other end these exposed duct runs.

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Completely Seal Your Ductowrk Eliminating Wasted Leackage and Lower The Strain On Your Hvac System

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Don't Waste Your Money Blowing Conditioned Air Into Your Attic!

Garage Insulation In Longville, MN

Choosing The Right Insulation For Your Garage

Before you decide what type of insulation to use in your garage, please consider the fact that your garage most likely has the potential for pollutants and/or unfavorable smells that could leak into your home. 

Also, the garage most likely contains ductwork and maybe even plumbing which is usually in a very small, restricted cavity,  possibly not allowing insulation or thermal protection against freezing.

Spray foam insulation is probably the best choice for your garage.  Although open-cell foam does work well compared to fibrous insulation. If you are in a climate where it gets really cold you might want to consider 2-lb closed cell spray foam insulation for your garage. 2 lb foam is an air barrier and vapor barrier all-in-one product and provides the most R-value in the least amount of space.  This is perfect for insulating ductwork that is in a tight restrictive cavity not allowing for much insulation or plumbing that may be exposed in the garage.

Key Things To Consider When Insulating Your Garage

Does your garage have HVAC ductwork running through it?

Do the rooms that the ductwork leads to, have the same temperature as other rooms?

Does your garage have indoor plumbing hidden in the walls?

Does your garage have elevated exhaust fumes or unpleasant smells from vehicles, or projects that get completed in the garage?

Is there a room above the garage?

Garage Insulation Facts

Ductwork is commonly lacking insulation, leaky and in some cases disconnected hidden within the wall cavity.

The rooms above garages are notorious for being uncomfortable. Floors are commonly cold during the winter, even with traditional insulation.

It is not uncommon to find exposed uninsulated indoor plumbing hidden within garage walls that could potentially freeze and burst.

When there is a room located above the garage it is not uncommon to find no insulation or only a floating fiberglass batt separating the entire second-floor cavities from the garage. 

Huge comfort and efficiency gains can be made by making sure the ceiling cavities are completely sealed and insulated, separating the garage from the house.

It is not uncommon to find extremely leaky headers from the basement hidden in the walls of your garage.

Metal Building and Shop Insulation In Longville, MN

Choosing The Right Insulation For Your Metal Building, Shop Or Garage

 It is very common to see metal buildings either uninsulated or insulated with fiberglass blanket systems that usually incorporate a vapor barrier protective layer.

Unfortunately, these fiberglass blanket systems don’t always perform well and are prone to condensation building up within the insulation eventually dripping down from the roofline.

 also, you may be unaware that this protective Vapor Barrier layer used in fiberglass blanket insulation systems for metal buildings, degrades over time due to the extreme heat created by the sun heating the metal roof causing this plastic layer to become brittle and shatter when touched.

 2 pound closed cell spray foam insulation is the only type of insulation you should be using for your metal building. It is a vapor barrier and air barrier all-in-one product and will protect your metal building from any condensation or moisture and never degrade over time.

Prevent Condensation In Your Metal Building Shop Or Garage

Metal Shops and garages are notorious for condensation issues. Any condensation issues can be resolved by using spray foam insulation for your metal building which is a vapor barrier, air barrier, and thermal insulation all in one product that will protect the metal from sweating or creating any condensation no matter what the weather or temperature difference from inside to outside.  

Protect Your Metal Building Insualtion From Fire

 if you choose closed-cell spray foam for your metal building it can be easily protected from fire by Spring and a luminescent fire barrier ignition barrier coating over the top of the foam protecting it from any potential fire. Fire protective Coatings are applied similar to paint and are easily mistaken for paint,  after being applied it even looks just like paint. But luminescent coatings are much more different than paint. When exposed to high temperatures or Flame protective coating expands creating a protective crust that protects the foam from Catching Fire. 

Depending on your local code requirements for Fire Protection in your metal building we can also protect the spray foam insulation in your metal building with cementitious fireproofing. 

salmon dishes fireproofing is like wet sand or very light concrete that is sprayed directly to the foam and when it dries it becomes hard like concrete. it is still easily broken away with a hard impact or can leave dust when brushed up against so, cementitious is fireproofing is not the best product to use in high traffic areas, and is only commonly seen on roof lines or up high away from where any sink and disturb it.

Don't Waste Your Money On Insulation That Is Going To Degrade Over Time

   

Dense Pack Fibreglass BIBS Wall Insulation In Longville, MN

Dense Packed Bibbs Systems Vs Regular Tridtional Batt Insulation

The Dense Packed BIBS insulation systems is a great alternative to spray foam insulation because it solves some of the common problems with batt insulation.  Fiberglass is blown into the wall cavity through a very tightly installed webbed membrane and packed with air under a certain amount of pressure, filling the cavity, leaving no gaps, voids or spaces and eliminates the possibility for any settling of the material over time.

Dense packed fiberglass also reduces sound transmission from outside or between any room where the wall is insulated with BIBS systems. This makes for a great low-cost way to sound proof the walls of your home in addition to the outside  walls.

Why Rumors Of Dense Packed Insulation "settiling" Over Time Are Untrue

Our fiberglass BIBS insulation installers are trained and experienced in doing dense-pack wall insulation. To eliminate the possibility of settling, our installers calculate the required amount of insulation for your wall and make sure that the density of that insulation is to the manufactures spec.  This will not allow the insulation to settle over time. 

Have peace of mind knowing your dense-packed fiberglass BIBS wall insulation is installed by a professional team, trained to make sure that its performance lasts over its lifetime without changing.

Cost Of Denspack BIBBS Vs Spray Foam Insulation

Insulation is the highest performing insulation available on the market. Unfortunately it also has a high price tag. Dense pack fiberglass BIBS wall insulation is a low-cost alternative that you may want to consider over using traditional batt insulation.

Traditional batt insulation is prone to having gaps, voids, and wrinkles which allows air to travel through and around the insulation, degrading its performance.  With dense-pack insulation completely fills the cavity. It is installed under pressure and does not allow for any gaps or space for air to travel.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation In Longville MN

Fiberglass Batt Insulation Features and Benefits

Fiberglass Batts come in R11 through R49 and can be used in walls, floors, and ceiling applications.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation Benefits

• Excellent thermal control

• Effective acoustical control 

• Lower cost compared to other insulations

Fiberglass Batt Insulation Applications

• Wood-framed wall, floor and roof/ceiling cavity wall assemblies

• Metal-framed wall and floor cavity wall assemblies

Fiberglass Batt Insulation Vapor Barrier Requirements

  Fiberglass insulation requires a vaporbarrier to be applied to the correct side of the building envlope (depending on climate). The most commonly used and building code compliant vapor barrier used with fiberglass insulation is either 4mil poly or 6mil poly.

 For optimal performance fiberglass insulation should be installed to sungly fit the cavity and not be forced or squished into the cavity and be the correct size thickness of material suggested for the thickness of lumber used.

Talk to your local building offical or office to find the, applicable building code(s) to determine your local vapor barrier / vapor retarder requirements, placement location, and vapour permeability requirements for the area your project is located

Why Air-Barriers Are Important For Batt Insulation To Perform

Fiberglass does not stop air movement, and for optimal performance there should be as little air movement in the cavity as possible. This is usually achieved by installing an air barrier on the appropriate side of the building envelope to reduce the potential air infiltration through the building envelope. 

Insulation Removal

In Longville MN

How We Remove Insulation, What Does The Process Look Like?

In most cases the insulation removal process involves vacuuming insulation with a large hose which runs outside the house to our truck trailer or garbage dumpster where industrial-grade 25hp gas-powered vacuum. The insulation from the house runs through the inside hose and into a material bag attached to the vacuum either located inside our trailer truck or garbage bin on site. The process is very clean inside the house as any dust created inside the attic during the removal is sucked from the air during the process. When our crews arrive onsite to begin the insulation removal project, we make sure to protect the house with cardboard and other cushioning items to protect corners or other items that the hose may rub against so that our insulation removal hose does not damage your home in any way.

Why Insulation Removal Can Solve More Problems Then Expected

We have done a lot of insulation removals in attics during our time as an insulation contractor. you may be very surprised to hear about some of the things we find in attics when we do insulation removals. Sometimes the best reason to remove insulation from your attic is the ability to start over and uncover any problems hidden under all that fluffy stuff.

Things We Have Found In Attics During Insulation Removals

You might be surprised to know that we find a lot more than just old lost treasures or relics from the past in attics. Sometimes our insulation removals uncover more concerning things hidden under the insulation than buried tressure. Removing the insulation from your attic gives you the opportunity to fully inspect the attic and find issues that would normally be hidden under the insulation like:

  •  Electrical wiring that has been either rubbing or chewed on by rodents that could very easily lead to fires.
  • Disconnected or broken vent stacks, venting sewer fumes into your attic
  • Disconnected or broken ductwork that’s blowing conditioned air into your attic
  • Hidden or unobvious Building envelope deficiencies like stranded cavities or inside walls that are open to the attic space leaking air from the house 
  • Potential fire hazards around fireplace chimneys,  or other hot exhaust vents
  • Bathroom fans leaking or venting  moist air directly into the Attic 
  • Hidden Mold, Frost, rot,  or other damage 

As you can see from the list above a lot of these items Are pretty good reasons to consider removing the insulation from your attic if it’s an older home. The “Peace of Mind” knowing that everything has inspected and corrected, there are no hidden problems, and all the installation is clean, fresh, air-tight,  and energy efficient as possible.

Reasons Why You Might Want To Remove Your Attic Insulation or Wall Insulation

There can be many reasons why you want to remove the insulation from your attic. Maybe it’s because you have a family of raccoons, bats or other wildlife living in your attic, and the feces or droppings from these animals can be hazardous to your health. Aside from the health hazards, the damage animals can create in your attic can sometimes be substantial and warrant removing the insulation completely. Maybe you had a roof leak and your insulation got wet, or you had mold growing in your attic,  or maybe you just want to remove the insulation from your attic to start over from scratch using more new-age materials like spray foam to increase the performance in your attic giving you peace of mind that you won’t have problems of air leakage condensation and moisture, Rot, ice dams or any other potential problems associated with using traditional insulation in your attic without a fully sealed continuous air barrier and vapor barrier eliminating any potential air leakage.

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