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When to Replace the Insulation in Your Attic

Attic insulation is a vital component that helps with the energy efficiency of your home. It regulates moisture levels inside the house, helps block out noise, keeps hot air out during the summer, and keeps your home toasty and warm during cold weather.

Over time, the state of the insulation in your attic can deteriorate. This could lead to a range of problems, including higher utility costs and inconsistencies at room temperature.

Out with the Old: Signs Your Attic Insulation Needs Replacement

Here are some signs that you may need to replace the insulation in your attic:

Pest Infestation

A worn out or damaged attic insulation can serve as a cozy and nice home for mice and other pests. They may leave waste behind if they are using the old insulation as a nest. If you suspect insects or rodents living in your attic, consider having a professional pest inspection before you have any new insulation installed.

Poor Climate Controlold-attic-insulation

Insulation acts as the main barrier between the weather outside and the indoor temperature. If the insulation material is damaged, it may be hard to regulate the temperatures inside your home. If you’re having difficulty keeping the upper floors of your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you may have a problem with your attic insulation. On top of that, you may have an issue with your attic if you feel a draft, but are unsure of its source or origin.

Icicles

When the insulation in your attic can no longer keep the heat in, it rises up and out, heating the roof and causing any snow to melt. Once temperatures drop, the extra water refreezes and formsicicles. You may need to overhaul your insulating material if you come across icicles during winter weather or notice frozen precipitation melting quickly on your roof.

Unusually High Energy Expenses

Maintaining the desired indoor temperature in your house requires more energy when you have warm or cool air coming into your house through the roof. If you want to regulate the temperature, your heater or air conditioning unit needs to keep running or work harder. This may lead to a high electricity bill.

Crumbling Insulation

An easy way to find out if your insulating material is way beyond its useful life is to wear an industrial glove and touch the insulation in your attic. If it crumbles, then it’s high time you replace it.

These signs should push you to consider getting the insulating material in your attic changed. Rather than do the insulation replacement yourself, let A+ Insulation handle the job. We offer reliable attic insulation services in Kansas City.

You can count on our experienced insulation professionals to carry out the work efficiently. They commit to completing the project on budget and on schedule. After all, we want you and your loved ones to enjoy a comfortable and consistent temperature throughout your home.

Get in touch with us today for your free, no-obligation inspection. We look forward to providing the A+ service you deserve.

The Pros and Cons of Fiberglass vs Spray Foam Insulation

Choosing Between Spray Foam and Fiberglass Insulation

We know a conversation about insulation isn’t exactly the most riveting, but it’s an important decision to make. Not only does good insulation maintain the desired temperature in your home or business, insulation also helps you save money on your energy bills. When it comes time for home or business owners to choose which type of insulation to use, spray foam and fiberglass insulation dominate the conversation. But which of the two are the better choice for your space and for your wallet? Whether it be spray foam, or fiberglass, there are many questions to consider for each and making a decision can be difficult and we understand the process can seem tricky which is why we are here to help.

Spray Foam Insulation

Pros:

Spray foam is a relatively new method of insulating a home or business, but it can be used spray-foam-smallas the primary method of insulation in a new home or business, as well as a supplemental insulation. Spray foam is applied by spraying a polyurethane foam into walls and ceilings, where it then expands to form an airtight seal that is also moisture tight and also protects your home or business from pests, rodents, and mold damage. One of the best attributes of spray foam insulation is its ability to seal off small crevices that other types of insulation simply cannot reach which makes it the most energy efficient method of the two. Another good thing about spray foam insulation is the fact that it also does not break down as easily as fiberglass insulation, thus giving it a much longer lifespan.

Cons:

On the downside, spray foam insulation comes at a price that is considerably more expensive than fiberglass. Often times, spray foam is triple the price of fiberglass and sometimes it can be more. Applying spray foam insulation is also something that is not advised to do by yourself unless it is a very small job. Even professionals have struggles applying spray foam correctly because of the mess it makes. If you decide to use spray foam insulation in your home or business, make sure that your installer has adequate experience and takes the proper precautions before applying it to your walls or ceilings.

Fiberglass Insulation

Pros:

Used in 85% of American homes and businesses, fiberglass insulation is the most traditional and most common form of insulation. Fiberglass insulation works by trapping fiberglass-insulation-smallair bubbles and creating an insulating effect that escalates and slows the heat exchange between surfaces. While professional installation is required for spray foam insulation, fiberglass insulation can be installed by homeowners themselves and is the most inexpensive and DIY-friendly of the two types of insulation, but if you decide to hire professional help to install fiberglass insulation, you are in plenty of luck. Since fiberglass is so popular and has been around for such a long time, most contractors have plenty of experience with the material and won’t require much effort to clean up post-installation.

Cons:

However, due to fiberglass insulation consisting mostly of extremely fine glass fibers, the insulation material can be inhaled and even embed in the pores of your skin so if you do decide to take on this project without professional help, having all of the necessary safety equipment is of the utmost importance. Compared to spray foam insulation, fiberglass is less effective, especially in extremely cold conditions, and if you are looking to add it to an existing home or business, you may be out of luck as it is often only used as a primary method of insulation.

Making Your Decision

As you can see, there are a number of pros and cons when it comes to the age-old question of which insulation is right for your home or business. With cost being the primary factor, if you are working with a slim budget, fiberglass insulation may be the one for you. It’s easy to install, contractors are familiar with it if you decide installing it yourself is not for you, and it’s easy on the wallet. However, if your home or business is in desperate need of effective insulation that is worth spending extra funds on, spray foam is your best bet. It may cost a lot up front, but it will save you hundreds in the long run.

Have more questions or need a quote for your insulation project? Click here to contact A+ Insulation today!

Insulate and Seal with Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation CartoonAt A+ Insulation, we install many kinds of home insulation. From fiberglass to cellulose to spray foam and batt style to BIBs (blow-in-blanket) to closed cell foam. We’d like to talk to you about spray foam insulation and the differences between it and other types of insulation, pros and cons, and where it makes the most sense in your home. We like to give you all of your options to help you make the best decision. Here’s a quick rundown on spray foam insulation from the insulation installation pros at A+ Insulation.

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

Icynene spray foam insulation is an insulation and air barrier material that seals walls, floors and ceiling cavities against air movement. The biggest advantage to spray foam insulation is that besides providing a temperature barrier, it also seals out air. By creating an air barrier, it minimizes air infiltration through walls and ceilings, preventing drafts, cold spots and energy loss. By restricting outside air from entering your home and condensing, it minimizes the possibility of moisture entrapment and buildup within the walls and ceilings.

How Does Spray Foam Insulation Work?

Spray foam insulation works by expanding up to 100 times its original volume within 4-10 seconds of spraying it on. After about 24 hours, spray foam insulation is completely hardened and safely cured. It won’t shrink or sag. Because it expands, it can fill small cracks and holes around electrical wires, outlets, light fixtures, etc. The solution can be safely sprayed directly onto electrical and plumbing with no overheating or corrosion issues.

Related Read: 4 Attic Insulation Options for Your KC Home

Are There Any Harmful Emissions?

Icynene spray foams are safe for both you and the environment. Most spray foam products are water-blown, and do not emit HFCs or HCFCs. Extensive testing in North America have shown that no VOCs are detected after 30 days following installation. Because of this, spray foam is ideal for environmentally-conscious homeowners.

Does the Foam Entrap Moisture?

Icynene’s open cell spray foam insulation products are vapor permeable to allow water vapor molecules to flow through the foam. This means any moisture in the home’s concrete or lumber can escape through the insulation as the building dries out, thus eliminating moisture that could potentially cause rot or mold.

How Is Spray Foam Insulation Installed?

Icynene foam insulation is installed by fully trained, licensed insulation professionals who spray the solution into open walls, ceilings and floors. For homes that are already built, a slightly different kind of  pour foam solution is used so it can be injected into small holes drilled into plaster or gypsum faced walls, or from the outside of the wall, whichever provides the easiest access.

What Makes Icynene Spray Foam Better than Traditional Types of Insulation Such as Fiberglass?

Icynene insulates and seals air out in one step. Traditional cellulose and fiberglass insulation can’t do without the use of extra sealing materials such as vapor barriers. Traditional types of insulation also leave small gaps and seams around electrical boxes or light fixtures.

Can Spray Foam Insulation Be Installed by a Homeowner?

No. Spray foam insulation is not a DIY product. A fully trained, licensed Icynene contractor must install the product. If you’d like more information about spray foam insulation, call the home insulation experts at A+ Insulation and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you have. Call us at  (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511.

 

4 Main Concerns of Homeowners that Come with Poor Insulation

Poor insulation is a huge problem for millions of Americans, but is especially difficult for homeowners in the Midwest. It’s easier to get away with inadequate insulation in milder climates, but in the Kansas City area, we experience extreme dips and spikes in temperature throughout the year. Are you one of the many local homeowners who has a poorly insulated home? Here are four of the biggest problems associated with poor insulation that signal you have a problem, and need to install more energy efficient insulation.

Picture of Poor House InsulationDraftiness

Does your home feel like it’s made of straw? Under insulated homes are more susceptible to draftiness. If you put your hand on your wall in the winter is it cold? When your walls are cold, the air next to your walls is cold and your home feels drafty. Properly insulated walls are supposed to keep heat inside your home, meaning your walls should be closer to room temperature.

High Energy Bills

High heating and cooling bills are a telltale sign that your home is inadequately insulated. Insulation is designed to act as a blanket around your home, keeping the warm air in the winter and the cold air in the summer inside your home. Without proper insulation, the heated or cooled air your heating and cooling system is working so hard to produce escapes through the walls and attic. 42% of the average utility bill is made up of solely heating and cooling costs according to the North American Insulation Manufacturing Association. That number goes up drastically when a home is poorly insulated. But proper insulation can cut those costs by an average of 20%.

Cold Rooms

Do you find that some rooms in your home are inexplicably colder or hotter than others no matter what you do? If those rooms are well ventilated, then the problem is probably poor insulation. These rooms are often above the garage or below the attic. That’s why it’s important to make sure all areas of your home are properly insulated. Heat and cool air can escape almost anywhere that doesn’t have insulation to stop its path.

Ice Damming  & Frozen Pipes

Ice damming on your roof and frozen pipes in your walls are also huge indicators that you have an insulation problem. Proper insulation protects your home from damage caused by Kansas City’s melting and freezing snow and ice. Poor insulation in your roof or attic can cause heat to escape through your roof, which can then melt snow and ice. But that thawed material will then freeze again as it flows to the lower (and cooler) parts of your roof and gutters. The result is large chunks of ice and oversized icicles, called ice damming. It can wreak havoc on your roof and your gutter, not to mention it can turn into a safety hazard for those below. Poorly insulated exterior walls can also cause frozen pipes, which can burst. This can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage in just a moment.

If you experience any of these insulation indicators call the insulation experts at a+ Insulation at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511. A thorough home insulation inspection with A+ Insulation can address the areas of concern in your home, and one of our technicians can give you a suggested action plan.

Add Resale Value to Your KC Home with Insulation

Increase Resale Value InsulationWant to add more value to your Kansas City home? Start by insulating your home properly with A+ Insulation. This simple addition can drastically add value to your home immediately in the form of lower utility bills and later when you decide to put it on the market. Here’s what you need to know about insulating your home, and why it’s a great investment to make.

The Insulation Standards Are Changing

Insulation standards are not what they were a few years ago. Cities and towns within the Kansas City metro are raising the R-Value that your insulation has to meet in the 2015 calendar year. (R-Value is the capacity of your insulation to resist heat flow.) This means new homes, or homes for sale, need to have insulation with acceptable R-Values. The upside to this is that it will mean more energy efficient homes. The higher the R-Value of your insulation, the more savings you’ll see when it comes to your monthly utility bill.

See all the types of insulation that can add value to your home on our website.

ROI of Insulating Your Home

The return on your investment is huge when it comes to insulating your home. Attic insulation is one of the most important types to have in a Midwestern home. This type of insulation can pay for itself in just two years based on energy savings. In this amount of time you can save an average of $1,000 in energy savings. Take it from Mike O’Hara, the owner of A+ Insulation who says, “Updating your home’s insulation is a financially responsible decision.” Since insulation is responsible for up to 70% of the total heat gain and loss in your home, the proper type, amount, and installation of insulation can make a huge difference in your savings in the longterm.

Call A+ Insulation at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 to increase the value of your home with new insulation.

Attic Insulation: What to Expect from A+ Insulation

Installing Attic InsulationInsulating your attic is a big project, but at A+ Insulation we try to make sure it doesn’t interrupt your day-to-day life. Many Kansas City homeowners aren’t sure what to expect when they hire us to do the job. Here’s a quick rundown of what a typical attic insulation job looks like for A+ Insulation.

We Protect Your Home First

First and foremost, we understand that your home is the priority. That’s why we make sure to care for your entire home when we arrive to do a job. We lay down plastic all the way from the front door of your home to the attic entrance. We do this to block off the rest of your home from the work zone, and to make sure we stay within our work zone. This keeps outside interferences to a minimum, and keeps us from tracking dirt, leaves and insulation into other parts of your home. Blocking off the work zone also allows you to carry on with your normal activities while we do our work. We try our best to be non-intrusive, so you don’t even have to leave your home.

We Clean Up Afterwards

We take out time in your attic and make sure we cover everything on our list. Even still, a typical job usually only takes four to six hours to complete. After we finish installing the insulation, though, our job still isn’t done. We never leave a home without cleaning up our workspace. We make sure to remove the plastic coverings, and vacuum the entire route before we leave. Our goal is to leave your home looking and feeling even better than before we got there.

Don’t just take our word for it, read what KC homeowners are saying about their personal experience with A+!

Call us at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 to schedule an estimate to insulate your attic with A+ Insulation today.

Insulation Face Off: Fiberglass Insulation Vs. Cellulose Insulation

fiberglass vs cellulose insulationInsulation is crucial to keeping your home more comfortable in every season and to keeping your energy bills in check. Many of our customers say they see and feel a huge difference when they have proper insulation installed. On average, our customers see a 30% savings in their energy bills. That’s as lot of extra money you could be keeping in your pocket. But the amount of savings often depends on having the right type of insulation installed in the right areas of your home. Two of our most popular types of insulation at A+ Insulation are fiberglass and cellulose. Our insulation experts explain how they differ to help you decide which one is best for your home.

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass is very popular in residential and commercial construction. Many homeowners like fiberglass insulation for its superior sound control and thermal efficiency. It’s also known to last for long periods of time, which helps reduce energy demand and costs. It’s usually used in attics, as well as in sidewalls or floors.  It comes in two types – loose-fill and batt.

Batt insulation is one of the more popular types of insulation for attics and walls. It’s attached to a facing, usually made of kraft paper or vinyl sheeting, which act as a vapor barrier. This facing makes it easier to install because it keeps is together in large rolls that are easy to handle and can be fastened into place. Loose-fill insulation must be applied using a blowing machine.

Cellulose Insulation

This types of insulation is very effective at stopping air infiltration, especially in attics, which is great for lowering your energy bills and keeping your home more comfortable. Some homeowners prefer cellulose because it is more environmentally friendly than other insulation types.

Cellulose insulation is a blown-in insulation that acts almost like a liquid when it is applied. It wraps itself around obstructions and flows into cavities big and small. It acts almost like a blanket, providing complete coverage.

Call us today at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 to learn more about what type of insulation is right for your home. Download our FREE price guide for Window Replacement vs. Insulation below!

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4 Attic Insulation Options for Your KC Home

Don’t wait to insulate your attic. With the severe Kansas City area weather, attic insulation is one of the most important factors in keeping your home comfortable. At A+ Insulation, we want you to be educated on the facts about the different types of attic insulation and which one is best for your home.

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This fiberglass blown-in insulation is commonly used in attics and walls. It has superior thermal efficiency, as well as great coverage, sound absorption, and it’s non-combustible. It’s a popular choice, with 80% of A+ Insulation customers choosing to install it in their homes. Our owner, Mike O’Hara, even has it in his home. InsulSafe comes with a lifetime transferrable warranty.

Cellulose

Cellulose is also a blown-in insulation. It’s different from other insulation, however, as it acts similar to a liquid when it is applied, wrapping itself around obstructions and filling nooks and crannies that batt insulation can’t. It’s almost like a blanket around the inside of your home. Cellulose also has amazing thermal efficiency, keeping your home more comfortable no matter the weather. Many homeowners choose cellulose insulation because it is more environmentally friendly than many other options.

Spray Foam

We like to use CertaSpray closed cell foam insulation, which expands up to 100 times its original size to fill even the smallest, hard-to-get-to spaces. This insulation is great because it also acts as an air sealing system.

Batted

This is one of the most affordable insulation solutions. The downside is that it’s best for areas without a lot of pipes, wires, or other obstructions. Since many of these things require cutting the insulation to fit, it can cause gaps which can negatively affect the insulation’s ability to do its job.

When you choose A+ Insulation, we can show you samples of the product, and even offer a thermal imaging scan of your attic.  We review your current situation and offer improvements that we believe would be best for your home.

Call A+ Insulation today at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 to talk about which type of insulation is the right solution for your home.

Insulate Your Kansas City Home Now to Avoid Problems Later

Don’t wait until you get a huge energy bill in December to call us this year. Get ahead of the curve and call A+ Insulation to install insulation in your home today. Not only will you avoid a high energy bill, but you’ll also beat our busy season, and save yourself damage to your home due to inadequate insulation.

Attic Insulation KCQuicker Insulation Service

By calling us this fall, we will be able to provide you with a more efficient turnaround of insulation services. After the first really cold month hits, and homeowners see their energy bills, we receive a surge of phone calls for our insulation services. Beat the rush and make sure your home is properly insulated before the holidays. You’ll save yourself a lot of hassle.

Related Read: How to Know When Your Home Is Under Insulated

Avoid Home Damage

Another major reason you should install insulation in your home now is to avoid damage to your home that is cause by inadequate insulation. Not only does insulation keep your home more comfortable inside and lower your energy bills, but it also protects your home from damage caused by Kansas City’s melting and freezing snow and ice. Improper insulation in your attic can cause heat to escape through your roof. In the winter this can melt snow and ice, which then freezes again as it flows to the lower parts of your roof and gutters. The result is large chunks of ice and oversized icicles hanging from your eaves. We call this ice damming. It can wreak havoc on your roof and your gutter. Not to mention it can turn into a safety hazard for those below. And if you don’t have enough insulation in your exterior walls, you could also experience frozen pipes, which can burst, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage instantaneously.

Call A+ Insulation today at (913) 281-2250 or (816) 268-7511 to get started insulating your home now.

Why Our Customers Love Us . . . and You Will Too!

Customers Love A+ Insulation KCAt A+ Insulation we pride ourselves on being a customer service company who specializes in insulation services. While our technicians are masters of their craft, they are also customer service experts. That’s because we aren’t a business without our customers – and we value each and every single person who trusts us to get the job done for them. If you haven’t called us yet to insulate your home, here a few reasons why you should.

A+ Insulation Is Award Winning

One thing that solidifies our outstanding customer service is our Angie’s List Super Service Award. We’ve managed to take home the honor five years in a row now. The Super Service Award honors excellence among service and health providers who maintain superior service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List. This means we are among the top 5% of service businesses on Angie’s List in the Kansas City area.

We Offer Honest Customer Feedback for New Customers

On top of our awards, you can read more about our great craftsmanship and service straight from current customers of A+ Insulation right on our homepage. We offer several unaltered customer testimonials on our webpage, as well as on other review sites, like Google+ and Facebook. Hear what people are saying about us, and see if it helps you decide if we earned that A+ in our name.

“Mike goes over every possible way to save money and is happy to give his expert advice with a non-biased attitude. When asking his opinion, he would tell me straight, but would never push his opinion on me. Mike was helpful, easy to work with, and significantly less expensive than any other company we got quotes from. He charges by the square foot, not by the job, and he includes patching and spackle in his pricing. He comes highly recommended.

-Ian F., Kansas City

“From the beginning I knew Mike and his team at A+ Insulation would do a great job. When Mike came to give us the estimate, both he and I climbed up in the attic to look around. He didn’t just peek his head up in the attic. He was willing to show me (a woman) what he was going to be doing. While we were up there, he found exposed wires and lighting that were a fire hazard and needed to be taken care of before insulation could be installed. He even offered to do these things for us. His staff was friendly, and cleaned up the area when they were finished. I could have paid less somewhere else, but you get what you pay for. Peace of mind is priceless.

– Dawn V., Kansas City

Call A+ Insulation at either (816) 268-7511 or (913) 281-2250 for superior customer service and excellent insulation repair and installation.