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Insulation Materials Explained: Which Options are Best for Your Needs

With all the insulation material options on the market today, it’s no small feat choosing the right one when you want to better insulate your home. But get it right and you’ll be satisfied with the results whether your goal is to enhance energy efficiency, comfort, noise reduction, property value or a combination thereof.

Our insulation experts have thousands of home insulation projects under their belts across Kansas City and years of real-world experience. Not to mention over 10,000 satisfied homeowners. Insulation installation projects always start off with a free energy audit and/or quote, during which we listen to what you want to achieve and explain the various insulation materials available and which options meet your needs and budget.

But Why is Insulation so Important in the First Place?

Proper insulation plays a big part in maintaining a comfortable, energy-efficient home. It keeps your set temperature in your home consistent by keeping heat in during the winter and heat out in summer. The benefits go beyond your personal comfort, including up to a 30% savings on your energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint.

Selecting the right insulation contractor is just as important as the home insulation material itself. Even the perfect insulation choice won’t perform as it can and should if it is improperly or sloppily installed.

Types of Insulation Materials

A+ Insulation has installed just about every type of insulation material out there. Below are the most common and each has unique benefits and recommended uses.

  • Batted Insulation: Often made from fiberglass or mineral wool, batted insulation is a popular choice due to its affordability and ease of installation in spaces like attics and walls. It’s effective in reducing energy costs and is relatively easy for professional insulation installers to put in, even in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Blown in Blanket System (BIBS): This system provides a seamless, thermally efficient insulation layer, perfect for areas where traditional batts might not fit. BIBS offers excellent coverage, filling in gaps and voids that might otherwise be left uninsulated, resulting in a well-sealed environment.
  • Cellulose Insulation: Made from recycled paper products, cellulose insulation is an eco-friendly choice. It’s effective in reducing noise pollution and improving thermal efficiency, making it ideal for environmentally conscious homeowners. Its dense material also helps deter pests and provides a fire-retardant barrier.
  • Ceramic Coatings: A more innovative option, ceramic coatings reflect heat, acting as a barrier to heat transfer. A ceramic coating is great for roofs and exterior walls, offering protection against extreme temperatures and potentially reducing cooling costs during hot Kansas City summers. Some coatings also offer rust and fire protection.
  • Draped Foundation Insulation: This method involves the application of insulation materials to a home’s basement, improving thermal efficiency from the ground up. Draped foundation insulation is particularly beneficial in reducing heat loss in winter and can protect against moisture infiltration.
  • FSK Batted Insulation: Featuring a foil scrim kraft (FSK) facing, this insulation type offers a radiant barrier to heat transfer. FSK batted insulation is commonly used in commercial settings for its fire resistance and thermal properties, but it’s also an excellent choice for residential applications requiring additional vapor barrier protection, in-home music studios or home theaters.
  • Spray Foam Insulation: Offering superior air sealing and moisture resistance, spray foam expands to fill gaps and voids, creating a tight thermal bubble for your home. Spray foam insulation is ideal for both new construction and updates, adapting to any space for energy efficiency.
  • Wet Spray Cellulose: Like traditional cellulose, this method involves applying the material in a wet state, allowing for dense packing and a tight seal for thermal performance. Wet spray is highly effective in filling irregular spaces and providing a solid barrier against air leakage.
  • Wet Spray Fiber Insulation: This material has fibers mixed with an adhesive solution, sprayed into open area in walls and ceilings for a compact, high-performance insulation layer. Wet spray fiber insulation combines the benefits of traditional and modern insulation methods for a versatile solution.

How to Choose the Right Insulation for Your Home

The best insulation for your home depends on three factors: your goals for installing it, your home’s design and your budget. Some insulation materials may offer higher R-values, while others might provide better soundproofing or moisture resistance. Working with a professional insulation contractor who listens to your specific needs is the best way to choose the right insulation material for your home.

Why Choose A+ Insulation for Your Insulation Job

We stand out as a leading insulation contractor in Kansas City, offering a wide range of high-quality insulation services tailored to your goals, home and budget. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction ensures that your home is in good hands.

By understanding the options available and scheduling an in-home appointment with one of our experts, you can ensure your home is comfortable, energy-efficient and well-protected against the elements, bugs and critters.

Basement Insulation: Why It Matters and How It’s Done

Insulating the basement of your Kansas City home is easy to put on the back burner. There are other more urgent or important ways and places to spend your money. And, you’ve lived with your uncomfortable basement this long; a few more months or years won’t make a difference. Or, you might not know exactly how under or poorly insulated your basement is because you’ve adapted. Or, you assume the builder or previous owner used proper techniques to install sufficient insulation, so it’s as good as it’s going to get.

Having insulated thousands of basements in a variety of houses across the KC metro, the A+ Insulation team has heard all the reasons why basement insulation is overlooked. We think once you have a better idea of why insulating your basement matters and how it’s done, you’ll understand how this area plays a crucial role in your home’s overall energy efficiency and your personal comfort.

Why is Insulating Your Basement Important?

The top five reasons basement insulation matters are:

1.      Energy efficiency
2.      Enhanced comfort
3.      Moisture and mold prevention
4.      Soundproofing
5.      Increased home value

Energy Efficiency

One of the main reasons to insulate your basement is energy efficiency. An uninsulated basement can lead to significant heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. This inefficiency forces your furnace and air conditioner to work harder, leading to higher utility bills, not to mention wear and tear, leading to early HVAC system replacement. Proper insulation helps maintain a stable indoor climate, reducing the need for frequent heating or cooling. In turn, you’ll see a decrease in your utility bills of up to 30 percent.

Enhanced Comfort

An uninsulated basement is often the most uncomfortable space in a home, especially in the winter when it’s colder than other rooms on higher floors. Insulation moderates these swings, making the basement a more livable and inviting space. This transformation allows homeowners to use their basements more effectively, whether as a recreational area, home office or additional living space any time of year.

Moisture and Mold Prevention

Basements are naturally prone to dampness because they are below ground. This moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth, which are harmful to both your home’s structure and your family’s health. Insulation, like spray foam, or other insulation types, particularly when combined with a vapor barrier, reduces moisture infiltration, protecting your home from these risks.


Insulating your basement also has the added benefit of soundproofing. This is especially useful if your basement is used as a living space, home theater or music studio, as it minimizes noise transfer between floors, creating a quieter overall home environment.

Increased Home Value

A well-insulated basement can be a key selling point for potential home buyers. It reflects on how well you cared for your house and that it is energy-efficient and comfortable, potentially leading to a higher resale value.

How to Properly Insulate Your Basement

For best performance, basement insulation has to be properly installed. The steps to follow are:

1.      Conduct a thorough inspection
2.      Choose a professional insulation installer or do it yourself?
3.      Select the right basement insulation material
4.      Insulate walls (and vapor barrier)
5.      Insulate ceilings
6.      Seal air leaks

Conducting a Thorough Inspection

The first step in basement insulation is a thorough inspection. An A+ Insulation expert assesses your basement for any existing insulation, moisture levels and potential air leaks. This evaluation is crucial to determine the most effective insulation strategy for your space.

Professional Installation

While some homeowners may consider a DIY approach, professional installation by A+ Insulation ensures that the job is done correctly and safely, not to mention saving you a tremendous amount of time. This is particularly important if you’re addressing any additional issues, such as mold, structural problems or complex insulation challenges.

Selecting the Right Insulation Material

There are several insulation materials suitable for basements, including fiberglass batts, foam board and spray foam. Each has its own advantages and is selected based on the specific needs of your space. For example, fiberglass is a cost-effective option for standard spaces, foam board is excellent for moisture resistance, and spray foam offers superior air sealing and insulation properties, plus it keeps out insects and other pests that could find a way into your basement.

Wall Insulation

Basement walls are one of the primary sources of heat loss. Interior insulation involves installing insulation between the wall studs or applying rigid foam panels or spray foam.

Vapor Barrier Installation

In areas with high moisture levels, installing a vapor barrier in conjunction with the insulation is essential. This barrier prevents moisture from passing through the walls, reducing the risk of mold and mildew.

Ceiling Insulation

Insulating the basement ceiling is important for both energy efficiency and noise reduction, especially if the basement is unfinished. This typically involves adding insulation between the ceiling joists.

Sealing Air Leaks

To maximize the effectiveness of the insulation, it’s important to seal any air leaks around windows, doors and utility cutouts. This ensures that the insulated space is as airtight as possible, preventing drafts and energy loss.

Related reading: Our Insulation Contractors Reveal Their Top Insulation Techniques for Garages and Bonus Rooms

Maintenance Tips for Basement Insulation

Once your basement is insulated, maintenance is easy, but necessary to make sure you’re getting the full benefits of the insulation.

Perform Regular Inspections

To ensure the ongoing effectiveness of your basement insulation, it’s important to conduct ongoing inspections. Look for signs of moisture, mold or deterioration in the insulation materials. This is especially important after a large amount of rain, or if you’ve had basement moisture issues in the past.

Check for Proper Ventilation

Even with insulation, proper ventilation in the basement is crucial. This helps prevent the buildup of moisture and maintains good air quality.

Address Repairs Promptly

If any issues are found during inspections, such as leaks or damage to the insulation, it’s important to address these problems promptly. This helps maintain the effectiveness and longevity of the insulation.

Other Considerations About Basement Insulation

When the A+ Insulation team is out performing energy audits, insulation inspections and insulation estimates, these are some of the most common topics brought up and discussed:

  • Building codes
  • Energy rebates and incentives
  • Expected utility savings
  • Being green

Adhering to Local Building Codes

When insulating your basement, it’s important to adhere to local building codes and regulations. These codes are designed to ensure safety and efficiency in home construction and renovation projects. Choose a professional insulation company, like A+ Insulation, that has years of experience working in your area.

Looking for Energy Rebates and Incentives

Homeowners in Kansas City may be eligible for energy rebates or incentives for upgrading their insulation. These programs can help offset the cost of the insulation project and make it more affordable. Rebates, incentives and financing offerings change, so make sure to talk to your A+ expert for the latest offers.

The Long-Term Savings

While there is an upfront cost to insulating your basement, it’s important to consider the long-term savings in energy bills. Over time, the insulation will pay for itself through reduced heating and cooling costs.

The Environmental Impact

Properly insulating your basement also has environmental benefits. By reducing energy consumption, you are contributing to lower greenhouse gas emissions, playing a part in combating climate change.

A+ Insulation provides expert insulation services, ensuring that your basement is properly insulated for maximum benefit. Investing in basement insulation is investing in the comfort, efficiency and value of your home.

Fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection and insulation cost estimate for your basement.

Our Insulation Contractors Reveal Their Top Insulation Techniques for Garages and Bonus Rooms

Many Kansas City homes have often-overlooked and under-appreciated extra square footage: space over the garage that could be turned into a bonus room, whether it’s a quiet home office, a lively play area for children or a serene guest retreat. Then there are those houses that have much-used rooms, like baths and bedrooms, above the garage.

Finished or unfinished, this space can turn any homeowner into Goldilocks. In the summer, this space is too hot. In the winter, it is too cold. But with garage insulation, home insulation and the help of a professional insulation contractor, your bonus space or room can feel just right.

Why is Maintaining a Temperature so Hard?

One significant hurdle with bonus rooms is temperature regulation. Their unique position above the garage makes them vulnerable to extreme temperature variations.

At the heart of this temperature challenge is insufficient insulation. The garage’s air, whether it’s cold or warm, infiltrates the bonus room, disrupting its thermal balance. To achieve consistent and comfortable temperatures, a holistic approach to insulation is necessary – adding insulation to the bonus room, adjacent areas and the garage itself.

Garage Insulation: Your First Step in Making a Comfortable Bonus Room

Insulating the garage is important, but especially so when it’s not climate-controlled. The air from an uninsulated garage directly impacts the temperature of the room above.

If you don’t have an insulated garage, your insulation contractor will fill you in on all your material choices, as well as the pros and cons of each. To get you started right now, here’s a short list.

  • Fiberglass Insulation: An economical choice, fiberglass is user-friendly for DIY projects, providing adequate thermal resistance for unheated garages.
  • Rigid Foam Insulation: Best for garages being converted into living spaces, rigid foam excels in blocking heat transfer through structural elements.
  • Cellulose Insulation: Made from recycled materials, cellulose insulation is an eco-conscious option, ideal for unfinished garages. Its loose-fill nature allows it to fill nooks and crannies easily.
  • Spray Foam Insulation: Offering the highest thermal resistance, spray foam creates a comprehensive barrier against air and moisture but comes with a higher price tag.

A More Comfortable Room Above the Garage Starts in the Garage

In some cases, even with an insulated garage, the bonus room may still experience temperature issues. This is often due to inadequate or improperly installed garage ceiling insulation. Upgrading old insulation to spray foam, which fills all gaps and creates a complete seal, can significantly control any temperature fluctuations.

Then Look at the Bonus Room’s Insulation Materials, Quality and Quantity

Proper insulation of the bonus room itself involves focusing on the insulation found (or not found) in these three areas:

  1. Floor Insulation: This is particularly important if garage ceiling insulation isn’t feasible. A combination of underlayment and floor insulation provides thermal resistance and bonus benefits like soundproofing, floor leveling and moisture protection.
  2. Exterior Wall Insulation: Insulating the external walls with fiberglass batts or spray foam helps minimize heat exchange. Ensuring a snug fit and covering all potential air leakage points are crucial. Your insulation contractor should do this as part of the job. Good insulation contractors, like A+ Insulation, search for and fill in all spaces, even behind electrical outlets, lights and such.
  3. Knee Wall Insulation: Often neglected, knee walls play a significant role in what temperature a room is and holds. Proper insulation and air sealing in these areas can greatly enhance the room’s overall comfort.

Garage Insulation Works Better Together with Home Insulation

A+ Insulation’s contractors understand that home insulation does work room by room, but works far better when rooms are well insulated in conjunction with each other. Comprehensive home insulation solutions encompass the entire home, ensuring energy efficiency and comfort in all seasons. From attic to basement, proper insulation is a cornerstone of a comfortable, energy-efficient home. Not to mention, your heating and cooling bills will go down by up to 30 percent.

Fill out our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection and insulation cost estimate for your bonus room.

What to Look for When Choosing the Right Insulation Installer

If anyone knows the value of a comfortable and energy-efficient home, Kansas City homeowners do. Whether you’re cozying up for a fall football game or keeping cool during hot summer days, your home’s insulation is a work horse for maintaining your home’s temperature.

It’s not just about the insulation material itself, but also about the skill with which it’s installed. That’s why finding the right insulation installer is as important as finding a great mechanic or doctor. Here’s what Kansas City homeowners should keep in mind.

Check for Certifications and Specialized Training

Would you let a lawncare person work on your car? Probably not, so why compromise on certifications when it comes to your home insulation installation? The right insulation installer will have the necessary credentials, proving mastery over insulation materials and how to install them. Look for certifications from recognized industry organizations and endorsements from insulation manufacturers.

Members of our A+ Insulation team have certification as master craftsmen and from industry organizations, including High Performance Insulation Professionals and OSHA.

Evaluate Years and Breadth of Experience

In the home insulation world, experience matters. A company that’s worked with the seasonal shifts and architectural styles of Kansas City for decades will have a deeper insight into what insulation types work best and where. But don’t just consider how long they’ve been around—explore the differences in their projects. Have they insulated historic homes, modern structures, attics, basements, walls and everything in between?

A+ Insulation has been in business since 2004. We’ve installed insulation in homes and commercial buildings of all sizes, shapes and ages across the Kansas City metro.

Assess the Types of Insulation They Install

Not all insulation is created equal, and not all installers are skilled at installing every type. Your home might be best suited to spray foam, fiberglass, cellulose, soundproofing or a combination of materials. The right installer will not only have experience with a range of materials, but will also guide you to the best choice for your specific needs.

A+ Insulation is dedicated to providing the best quality service to all of our customers. Below is a list of some of the residential and commercial insulation services we provide:

Sift Through Customer Reviews and Testimonials

In our digital world, a company’s reputation is often just a click away. Check out reviews on Google, Yelp or the Better Business Bureau website. Remember, an occasional negative review is normal, but consistent issues highlighted by customers are a red flag. Positive stories of excellent service, on the other hand, are a promising sign.

Read what our customers think about our insulation work.

Verify Insurance and Licensing

You wouldn’t want to foot the bill for someone else’s mistake, so ensure your insulation installer carries the proper insurance and holds the required licenses. This is non-negotiable as it protects you from liability and ensures the company meets industry standards.

Of course, A+ Insulation maintains insurance and licenses to protect you from liability, and can provide you with copies of policies.

Experience Their Customer Service

First impressions matter. Pay attention to how the insulation company communicates from the get-go. Are they prompt, respectful, and helpful? Do they provide a comprehensive home assessment and a transparent quote? A company that values good customer service, like A+ Insulation, is likely to take your satisfaction seriously throughout the entire process.

We think it’s just as important to train our customer service staff as it is our insulation installers, so expect them to understand what customer service really means.

Compare Price Against Value

Cheapest isn’t always best, especially when it comes to long-term investments like home insulation. Get several estimates and weigh each against the proposed value. Consider the quality of materials, the reputation of the brand and the thoroughness of the proposed service. Investing a bit more upfront can often save you money and headaches down the line.

“From the beginning I knew Mike and his team would do a great job. When Mike came to give 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 girl) what he was going to be doing. While we were up there, he found exposed wires and lighting that needed to be taken care of before the insulation could be put down due to it being a fire hazard. He even offered to do these things for us. His staff was friendly, and cleaned up when they were done. I could have paid less with another company, but you pay for what you get. Peace of mind is priceless.”

Dawn V., Kansas City

Look for Local Climate Expertise

Kansas City’s extreme temperature fluctuations can affect your insulation needs. A local insulation expert knows how the humid summers and chilly winters can influence your home’s energy efficiency and will recommend solutions and materials that are tailored to our climate.

Give A+ Insulation a Chance to Share Our Insulation Expertise and Installation Skills

Choosing the right insulation, you’re investing in a comfortable, energy-efficient future. Choosing the right insulation installation company protects that investment.

Take your time and do your research. When you’re ready, request a free, no-obligation insulation inspection and quote.

Pink Fiberglass Insulation: A Safe and Effective Way to Insulate Your Home?

Pink fiberglass insulation has been a staple in countless Kansas City area households for decades, thanks to its affordability, versatility, and effectiveness at insulating against heat and cold. Not to mention the abundance of older homes in our area. However, it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with this material, especially when handling or installing it.

How Fiberglass Insulation Works

Fiberglass insulation is made up of tiny glass fibers that are bonded together with a resin. These fibers trap air, creating a barrier that slows the transfer of heat energy. This makes fiberglass insulation an effective way to keep homes cool in hot Kansas City summers and warm in the winter, saving homeowners money on their energy bills.

For example, in the winter, fiberglass insulation prevents heat from escaping from a home by creating a barrier between the warm interior air and the cold exterior air. The tiny glass fibers trap air, creating a layer of insulation that slows the transfer of heat energy. This helps to keep the home warm and comfortable, even when the outdoor temperatures are cold.

In the summer, fiberglass insulation works in the opposite way to prevent heat from entering a home. The tiny glass fibers trap air, creating a layer of insulation that slows the transfer of heat energy from the hot exterior air to the cooler interior air. This helps to keep the home cool and comfortable, even when the outdoor temperatures are hot.

Health Risks of Fiberglass Insulation

While fiberglass insulation is generally safe when properly installed and maintained, it can pose a health hazard if it is disturbed or inhaled. The tiny glass fibers can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs. In some cases, exposure to fiberglass insulation can lead to more serious health problems, such as:

  • Asthma attacks
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia

Long-term exposure to fiberglass insulation has been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, particularly in people who work with the material on a regular basis.

Safety Guidelines to Follow When Working with Fiberglass Insulation

To minimize the risk of exposure to fiberglass insulation, it is important to follow these safety guidelines:

  • Wear protective clothing, including long sleeves, pants, gloves, goggles and a face mask when handling or installing fiberglass insulation.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area to reduce the concentration of airborne fiberglass particles.
  • Avoid disturbing existing fiberglass insulation whenever possible. If you must disturb fiberglass insulation, wet it down with water to minimize dust.
  • If you get fiberglass insulation on your skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water. If you get fiberglass insulation in your eyes, flush them with water for at least 15 minutes. If you inhale fiberglass insulation, seek medical attention immediately.

Choosing Professional Fiberglass Insulation Installation

For homeowners who are concerned about the health risks of fiberglass insulation or who do not have the experience or equipment to install it properly, it is best to hire a professional insulation contractor. Professional insulation contractors, like our A+ Insulation experts, have the knowledge and experience to safely and effectively install fiberglass insulation, minimizing the risk of exposure to homeowners and their families.

Pink fiberglass insulation is a popular and effective insulation material, but it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with it. By following safety guidelines and considering professional installation, homeowners can minimize the risk of exposure and enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient insulation.

Alternatives to Pink Fiberglass Insulation

While pink fiberglass insulation is a popular choice for homes, there are a number of alternative insulation materials available. Two of the most common include spray foam and blow-in blanket insulation. These alternative materials offer a number of advantages over pink fiberglass insulation, including:

  • Improved energy efficiency: Spray foam and blow-in blanket insulation can provide better insulation than pink fiberglass insulation, which can lead to lower energy bills.
  • Reduced air leakage: Spray foam and blow-in blanket insulation can help to seal air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings in your home, which can also improve energy efficiency and reduce noise levels.
  • Improved durability: Spray foam and blow-in blanket insulation are more durable than pink fiberglass insulation and are less likely to sag or settle over time.
  • Better indoor air quality: Spray foam and blow-in blanket insulation are less likely to release irritants into the air than pink fiberglass insulation, which can improve indoor air quality for your family.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is a type of insulation that is applied as a liquid and expands to form a solid foam. It can be used to insulate attics, walls, crawl spaces and other areas of your home. Spray foam insulation is very effective at sealing air leaks and providing insulation.

Blow-In Blanket Insulation

Blow-in blanket insulation is a type of insulation that is made from a variety of materials, including fiberglass, cellulose and mineral wool. It is applied using a special machine that blows the insulation into the desired location. Blow-in blanket insulation is less expensive than spray foam insulation, but it is not as effective at sealing air leaks.

Which type of insulation is right for you will depend on your budget and your specific needs. If you are looking for the most effective insulation available, spray foam insulation is a good option. However, if you are on a budget, blow-in blanket insulation is a good alternative. If you’re on the fence, consult with an A+ professional insulation contractor to get the best advice for your home.

When It Comes to Pink Fiberglass Insulation, Go with a Pro

Pink fiberglass insulation is a popular and effective insulation material, but it is important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with it. By following safety guidelines and considering professional installation, homeowners can minimize the risk of exposure and enjoy the benefits of energy-efficient insulation.

If you are considering using pink fiberglass insulation in your home, contact us to learn more about our services and to get a free estimate.

A DIY Spray Foam Insulation Kit vs. Hiring Professional Insulation Installers: Which is Right for You?

Do you feel a chilly draft blowing its way through your home, or do you notice a sudden spike in your heating bills each fall? If so, it might be time to consider improving your insulation, especially if your home is older and doesn’t have newer, thicker, more effective insulation. Once the decision is made to tackle better insulating your house, inevitably, the next question is should you purchase a DIY spray foam insulation kit or should you hire professional insulation installers? Let’s look at the pros and cons of DIY and hiring a professional, so you can make an informed decision.

Just how important is insulation in your home? Insulation is a workhorse for your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. When installed correctly, it creates an impenetrable barrier that locks in your home’s warmth during winter and keeps it cool during summer. It’s like a blanket that wraps around your home, ensuring the optimal indoor climate while keeping energy costs at bay. Considering the job insulation has to do, it’s important it’s installed right. Otherwise, you’re not going to benefit as much as you could from your home insulation in terms of your personal comfort and money savings.

Taking the DIY Approach to Insulation Installation

The popularity of DIY home improvement shows has convinced many homeowners to consider the DIY spray foam insulation kit. Not only does this give you the satisfaction of conquering a home improvement project yourself, but it can also save you some money. DIY insulation kits are generally cheaper than hiring professional installers. Plus, you can work at your own pace, fitting the project into your schedule as you see fit.

Pros of a DIY Spray Foam Insulation Kit:

  • Personal satisfaction of tackling a home project
  • Saves money over hiring professional installers
  • Take on insulation installation one area at a time on you schedule

However, installing insulation isn’t as simple as it may appear. You need a certain level of skill and knowledge to get it right. If the insulation isn’t properly applied, it could lead to poor energy efficiency, costing you more in heating and cooling bills in the long run. There’s also the question of safety – insulation materials can be hazardous if not handled correctly. It’s crucial to wear appropriate protective equipment, such as a mask and gloves, and to work in well-ventilated areas.

Cons of a DIY Spray Foam Insulation Kit:

  • Not as easy to apply as shown on TV, especially in larger areas
  • Improper installation could lead to more drafts and less efficiency
  • Insulation material needs to be handled properly for personal safety

Hiring Professional Insulation Installers

On the other hand, hiring professional insulation installers has numerous advantages. Our pros are trained to install insulation quickly, efficiently, and, most importantly, safely. Our insulation technicians have the training and certification to deliver an A+ job every single time. Members of our teams have certification as master craftsmen and from industry organizations, including High Performance Insulation Professionals and OSHA. From the roof to the crawl spaces to the garage, our experienced insulation pros will carry out diligent, efficient work.

A+ Insulation’s installers understand the best types and amounts of insulation for different parts of a home. This level of expertise minimizes the risk of mistakes or oversights that could hamper the effectiveness and cost savings of your insulation.

Moreover, professionals have access to high-quality spray foam insulation materials and tools that might not be included in a DIY kit, and would be too expensive to purchase as a homeowner, especially since home insulation can and should be a one-time project. And while professional insulation services come at a cost, you’re essentially investing in the optimal energy efficiency of your home. When done properly, insulation can lower your utility bills by up to 30%.

Pros of Hiring a Professional Insulation Installer

  • No learning curve on the pro’s part, so insulation is installed quicker
  • Comfortable with accessing all areas of your home from roof to basement
  • No guessing which type and how much insulation to install where (a professional can explain why another type of home insulation might be better for a certain area)
  • No buying insulation installation equipment you’ll likely use once
  • Professional insulation installation can increase money saved on energy bills

Download a handy guide on what to look for when hiring an insulation contractor.

Weighing Your Options

When deciding between a DIY project and hiring a professional, consider your comfort level with home improvement tasks, your budget and the complexity of the job.

For smaller projects or those with straightforward insulation needs, a DIY kit might be sufficient. It’s an affordable option that provides you with the flexibility to manage your budget and time invested. But remember, DIY insulation requires careful handling, and the job can be more complicated than it initially seems.

On the other hand, if your project is complex – perhaps you have an older home with many nooks and crannies, or you’re dealing with areas that require special attention like attics or basements – hiring a professional installer is probably your best bet. While this option requires a larger investment, the result is high-quality, professionally installed insulation that ensures maximum energy efficiency—and you haven’t lifted a finger, crawled in an attic or wasted a weekend.

Ultimately, the choice between a DIY insulation project and hiring professional insulation installers comes down to your individual needs, skills and circumstances. Whether you choose to install the spray foam yourself or enlist the expertise of a seasoned professional, the key is to ensure your home is insulated correctly. This way, you can keep those expensive, annoying drafts out, maintain a comfortable home environment and save money on your energy bills in the long run.

If you’re unsure about your comfort level with installing insulation, give A+ Insulation a call and we can come to your home and give you advice specific to your home and goals, as well as a free quote!

Call A+ Insulation for all of your insulation questions and needs at (913) 281-2250.



Understanding the Different Types of Unvented Cathedral Ceiling Insulation

As a homeowner in Kansas City, you probably already understand the significance of insulation in maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient home, especially if you’re the one in charge of paying the utility bills. While you may have already tackled insulation in your walls and attic to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, one crucial area that often goes overlooked is the cathedral ceiling.

With its unique design and challenges, proper insulation for unvented cathedral ceilings is essential for maximizing comfort and energy savings. Cathedral ceilings are common in many Kansas City neighborhoods. Hello, 70s and 80s. Cathedral ceilings are easily confused with vaulted ceilings (also quite popular in some Kansas City neighborhoods, depending on the age.)

Cathedral ceilings are characterized by symmetrical slopes that follow the pitch of the roofline, meeting at a peak and creating a triangular shape. On the other hand, vaulted ceilings feature arched or curved sections that create a series of arches or curves across the ceiling plane, often with irregular or varying slopes. While cathedral ceilings have a distinct triangular shape, vaulted ceilings emphasize the presence of arches or curves. Both designs add architectural interest and a sense of openness to a space, but they differ in their specific structural elements and overall aesthetic.

Unvented Cathedral Ceilings or Hot Roof Designs

There is another construction option for cathedral ceilings called unvented, sealed, dense-packed, or hot roof design. The term hot-roof is misleading. The roof is not that much hotter than a normal roof, maybe 1 to 5 degrees hotter in surface temperature. A hot roof is one where the insulation is directly attached to the roof sheathing so there is no ventilation required. Don’t attempt this roof insulation with fiberglass or cellulose insulation; it’s not allowed by building codes.

This blog refers to unvented or hot roof designs.

The Importance of Unvented Cathedral Ceiling Insulation for Kansas City Homeowners

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: Kansas City’s diverse weather patterns, from hot and humid summers to frigid winters, make insulation crucial for maintaining a comfortable indoor environment while reducing energy consumption. Unvented cathedral ceilings, commonly found in older or custom-built homes, present unique challenges when it comes to insulation. However, selecting the right insulation for your cathedral ceiling can significantly enhance your home’s energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and provide year-round comfort for you and your family.

What are Your Best Options for Insulating an Unvented Cathedral Ceiling?

Spray Foam Insulation: Spray foam insulation is a highly effective option for homeowners in Kansas City seeking optimal insulation performance. It boasts exceptional thermal resistance and the ability to create an airtight seal, making it ideal for unvented cathedral ceilings. By preventing air leakage, spray foam ensures consistent temperatures inside your home, regardless of the season.

Foam Board: Foam board is generally placed on top of the exterior roof sheathing. Where spraying the inside with foam doesn’t require you to redo the roof, insulating with foam board does require that the roof be removed. If you are replacing your roof, that’s the ideal time to add foam board insulation. Otherwise, the spray foam may be your best choice.

Remember when we mentioned above that unvented cathedral ceilings, commonly found in older or custom-built homes, present unique challenges when it comes to insulation? That’s why it’s important to choose the right insulation company to handle your specific type of ceiling. Here are four things to look for when choosing your insulation contractor:

  1. Experience and Expertise: Look for an insulation company with experience working on unvented cathedral ceilings. They should have a proven track record of successful installations and possess the necessary expertise to tackle the challenges associated with these unique spaces.
  2. Certifications and Licenses: Ensure the insulation company holds the necessary certifications and licenses. This demonstrates their commitment to quality workmanship and adherence to industry standards.
  3. Customer Reviews and Testimonials: Read reviews and testimonials from previous customers to gauge the insulation company’s reputation. Positive feedback and satisfied customers are indicators of their professionalism and service quality.
  4. Energy Efficiency Expertise: Find an insulation company that understands the importance of energy efficiency. They should be able to provide guidance on insulation options, recommend the most suitable materials for your cathedral ceiling, and help you maximize energy savings.

Download a handy guide on what to look for when hiring an insulation contractor.

Insulating your unvented cathedral ceiling is the best way to maintain a comfortable and energy-efficient home. Choosing the right insulation, such as spray foam or foam board, can significantly enhance your home’s energy efficiency, reduce utility bills, and provide year-round comfort. Equally important is selecting a reputable insulation company with the necessary expertise and credentials.

If you’re unsure about your cathedral ceiling, give A+ Insulation a call and we can come to your home and give you advice about insulating your cathedral ceiling as well as a free quote!

Call A+ Insulation for all of your insulation questions and needs at (913) 281-2250.


Spray Foam Insulation or Fiberglass? Which is Better at Insulating Your Home?

When it comes to insulating your home, you can choose from a number of different materials designed to improve your energy efficiency and comfort. Two of the most popular options on the market today are spray foam insulation and fiberglass insulation. Both materials come with their own sets of advantages and considerations, making your decision one of personal preference and specific requirements. Having installed both types of insulation in homes and businesses across Kansas City, here are our insulation installers’ tips and advice for helping you choose between spray foam insulation and fiberglass.

What is Spray Foam Insulation?

Spray foam insulation has become very popular in recent years thanks to its exceptional insulating properties. It is a two-part mixture that combines isocyanate and polyol resin, creating a foam substance that expands upon application (which is fun to watch). The foam adheres to surfaces, forming a seamless barrier that effectively seals gaps and cracks, providing an airtight and moisture-resistant insulation layer.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation:

  • Spray foam insulation boasts an impressively high R-value, which measures the material’s resistance to heat flow. Its high R-value results in better insulation performance compared to fiberglass, effectively reducing energy loss and lowering your heating and cooling costs.
  • One of the greatest advantages of spray foam insulation is its ability to create an airtight seal. It fills even the smallest gaps and crevices, preventing air infiltration and enhancing the overall energy efficiency of your home. Bonus, it keeps out critters and bugs depending on where it is installed.
  • Spray foam insulation acts as an effective moisture barrier, preventing water vapor from penetrating your home’s walls and causing damage such as mold growth. This “barrier” contributes to a healthier indoor environment and protects your home from water and mold damage.
  • The dense nature of spray foam insulation helps minimize sound transmission, creating a quieter and more peaceful living space, especially if your home or business is located in a busy area.

Is Spray Foam a DIY Project or One for a Spray Foam Contractor?

Between mixing the materials, spraying it, the equipment required to spray it and the protection attire necessary, it’s recommended to hire a reputable spray foam contractor. Look for professionals with experience in installing spray foam insulation and proper certifications, like A+ Insulation. Ask for references and inquire about previous projects they have completed. A knowledgeable and skilled contractor will guide you through the process, recommend the appropriate type of foam, and ensure the insulation is installed correctly.

What is Fiberglass Insulation?

Fiberglass insulation has been around for decades and is popular for its affordability and ease of installation. It consists of glass fibers that are woven together and come in batts or rolls. Fiberglass insulation is widely available and can be installed in various areas of the home, such as walls, attics and floors.

Benefits of Fiberglass Insulation:

  • Fiberglass insulation is generally less expensive than spray foam insulation, making it a smart, yet still effective, choice for business owners and homeowners on a tighter budget.
  • Fiberglass insulation can be installed as a DIY project, if you’re confident in your basic handyperson skills. However, it can be frustrating and itchy to install, so it is recommended to have it installed by professionals to ensure proper fitting, coverage and just your overall comfort.
  • Fiberglass insulation is inherently fire-resistant, since it is manufactured from non-combustible materials. This provides an additional layer of safety for your home or business.

Still not sure which one is right for your home or business? Understandable. Here are three questions to ask yourself to help you make the final call.

  1. What is your budget? How much you are willing to invest in insulation right now? While spray foam insulation may have a higher upfront cost, it can provide long-term savings on energy bills.
  2. Where is the insulation being installed? Spray foam insulation is ideal for sealing gaps and providing complete coverage, while fiberglass is versatile and can be used in various applications.
  3. Is being environmentally friendly a priority? Fiberglass insulation contains a significant amount of recycled content, making it a more environmentally sustainable choice compared to spray foam insulation, which requires the use of chemicals during the installation process.

Just remember, there is no definitive answer as to which insulation is better. Both types have their advantages and considerations. Spray foam insulation offers superior insulation, air sealing, moisture resistance and noise reduction, but has a higher upfront cost. Fiberglass insulation, on the other hand, is more affordable, easy to install and fire-resistant, but it may not provide the same level of air sealing and moisture resistance as spray foam. A+ Insulation’s spray foam insulation experts can provide valuable insights and help you make an informed decision based on your goals and home or business.

Have more questions or need a quote for your insulation project? Learn more about A+ Insulation’s Fiberglass Batted Insulation or Spray Foam Insulation services or contact us today for a FREE quote!

The Importance of Proper Insulation for Soundproofing

Our home and commercial insulation installers talk a lot about the energy and money savings that come with better insulation when it’s properly installed. But, if you listen closely, you’ll hear (or better yet, not hear) other benefits. Soundproofing insulation reduces noise pollution, creating peaceful, more comfortable work and home environments.

Maybe you’ve seen movies or streaming series in which the villain blasts death metal music to torture some poor soul to the point of divulging secret information. Noise. Too loud. Too often or too continuous is detrimental to our well-being, both physically and emotionally.

Creating a peaceful and comfortable environment in homes or commercial buildings requires soundproofing insulation to prevent noise pollution. Sound-proof insulation helps block sound waves from easily travelling through walls, ceilings and floors, creating a soundproof (or at least much quieter) environment.

Residential Soundproofing Insulation

When it comes to installing sound-proof insulation, here are the six most common reasons homeowners choose to make the investment:

  1. Quiet noise from outside sources. If your home is located near busy roads, airports or construction sites, etc., you probably experience high levels of noise pollution. Soundproofing insulation can help reduce the impact of these annoying sources of noise.
  2. Increase privacy. Soundproofing insulation can provide a barrier against noise transmission between rooms or floors in your house. This can be useful in homes where multiple family members live or a home office is used.
  3. Enjoy a home theater. A home theater or entertainment room requires soundproofing insulation to prevent sound from escaping the room and disturbing others in other parts of the house, or even close neighbors. Also, sound-proof insulation blocks outside noise from interrupting your movie.
  4. Record in a home music studio. A music studio requires soundproofing insulation to prevent sound from escaping the studio and disturbing neighbors, as well as block external noises from being recorded.
  5. Improve health and well-being. There’s a reason that health spas are quiet. Exposure to high levels of noise can cause stress, anxiety and other health problems. Soundproofing insulation can help protect you and your family’s health and well-being by reducing noise levels.
  6. Last but not least, savings. Insulation also reduces energy costs and improves your overall comfort, temperature-wise.

Commercial Soundproofing Insulation

And when it comes to installing soundproofing insulation in commercial environments, the top five benefits are:

  1. Improved productivity. Excessive noise in the workplace can create distractions, making it difficult for employees to concentrate. Soundproofing insulation can help reduce noise levels and create a more comfortable and productive work environment.
  2. Protected confidentiality. In some industries, such as finance, healthcare or legal, confidentiality is crucial. Soundproofing insulation can help prevent sensitive information from being overheard by others outside the room or building.
  3. Met compliance standards. Some industries, such as music venues, recording studios or manufacturing plants to name a few, must comply with specific noise level regulations. Soundproofing insulation can help ensure that required noise level standards are met.
  4. Increased customer satisfaction. Some establishments, such as hotels or restaurants, prefer to keep excessive noise levels down to avoid an unpleasant experience for customers, which can result in negative reviews and less repeat business. Soundproofing insulation can help reduce noise levels and create a more enjoyable and relaxing experience for customers.
  5. Better health and safety. Exposure to high levels of noise in the workplace can lead to hearing loss, stress, and other health problems for employees. Soundproofing insulation reduces noise, helping protect employees’ health and safety.

Remember That Chapter in Your School Science Book?

Sound waves travel from the source to your ear. The noise you hear is louder or softer based on a lot of conditions. You probably remember that from your science book in school. Soundproofing insulation works by either blocking or absorbing sound waves. When sound waves hit an insulated surface, the energy is dissipated, and the sound is either reflected or absorbed, reducing the noise level.

Insulation’s effectiveness in blocking sound waves depends on its density and thickness, and the type of insulation material used also affects its soundproofing abilities.

A+ Insulation’s Experts Help You Choose the Right Soundproofing Insulation for Your Environment

When selecting insulation material for soundproofing your home or commercial environment, consider the level of noise to be blocked, the type of space being insulated and your budget.

Fiberglass insulation is great for absorbing high-frequency sound waves, while rock wool insulation is better at blocking low-frequency sound waves. Other materials like cellulose insulation, acoustic foam, or foam board can also be effective in soundproofing depending on the type of noise that needs to be blocked and where it’s to be installed.

Yet, even the highest quality soundproofing insulation won’t perform as well as it can without expert installation. Proper installation techniques are essential to ensure the insulation material is placed correctly and tightly, leaving no gaps that could compromise its effectiveness.

A+ Insulation offers unrivaled customer service, and our experts guide you through the process, from deciding on which rooms and areas to soundproof to assessing the noise levels after installation. We are able to retrofit soundproofing in existing homes or businesses that suffer from noise, as well as installing insulation for new constructions or renovations. For these structures, we use the “drill and fill technique” which involves drilling small holes in the wall and blowing in high density, sound-trapping insulation.

Give us a call today at (913) 281-2250 for more information or schedule an assessment and quote online.


Does Home Insulation Improve Your Resale Value?

As a homeowner, every time you think about investing in a home improvement, you mentally weigh the impact it might have on your home’s value when the time comes to sell. You might be considering one or a few of the most obvious home improvement projects to increase value, such as upgrading your kitchen or bathroom, installing new flooring or roofing, or repainting the entire house. However, have you considered improving your home’s insulation?

Ideally, the time to undergo an improvement project is early enough before selling to enjoy it yourself, but not so early that by the time you sell, the update is outdated and has to be updated again to be “move-in ready” for potential buyers. One home improvement that won’t go out of style before you sell, even it’s years down the road, is home insulation installation. And, you get the added benefit of the cost savings on your utility bills, so your new insulation can pay for itself over time.

Are Buyers Really Looking at Your Home Insulation?

Believe it or not, installing quality home insulation can positively impact your home’s resale value and overall attractiveness to potential buyers. You probably won’t hear buyers walking through a house talking about how beautiful the wall or attic insulation is, but good real estate agents point out key upgrades, like insulation, to buyers. Why?

Buyers are increasingly looking for energy-efficient and/or green homes that save them money on utility bills. Today’s buyers are facing all-time high home prices and higher mortgage interest rates, and they want to make a positive environmental impact. According to the National Association of Home Builders, energy efficiency ranks as one of the most desired features for new homes among buyers. While your home isn’t “new,” upgrading your insulation is a step toward energy-efficiency and helps level the field for buyers when comparing new-build to existing homes.

Along with your HVAC system and windows, home insulation is one of the most important components of a house’s energy efficiency. Insulation is designed to keep heat in during the winter and keep heat out during the summer. In turn, the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable living environment. Installing quality home insulation can help reduce energy bills by up to 30 percent, not to mention lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the HVAC system’s energy consumption.

By decreasing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home, insulation also helps create a more sustainable living environment. Sustainable homes not only benefit the environment, but they also help to improve the quality of life. A home that is energy-efficient is less expensive to own, and the savings on utility bills can be redirected towards other important expenses, which is very important to home buyers.

If your home is in a busy area, soundproof insulation also helps reduce any noise pollution that could turn buyers away.

Selecting the Right Home Insulation Material

When it comes to selecting the right home insulation material, there are several factors to consider, including the climate in the Kansas City metro, the size and layout of your home and your budget. The most common types of home insulation are fiberglass, cellulose and spray foam.

Fiberglass insulation is a popular choice for many homeowners because it is affordable and easy to install. However, it is not the most effective material for insulation. Fiberglass insulation can lose up to 40% of its insulating properties over time due to settling, moisture and air infiltration.

Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper and is treated with fire-retardant chemicals to increase its resistance to flames. It is an environmentally friendly option that is also affordable and effective. However, it can be difficult to install, and it can settle over time, reducing its effectiveness.

Learn more: An Insulation Contractor Explains When It’s Time to Replace Attic Insulation

Spray foam insulation is the most effective type of insulation available. It creates an airtight seal that prevents air leakage, reducing the amount of energy needed to heat and cool your home. Spray foam insulation is also moisture-resistant and can help to prevent mold and mildew growth in your home.

Hiring a Professional Insulation Installer in Kansas City

When it comes to improving your home’s insulation, the most important thing you can do is hire a professional insulation installer. Professional installers have the knowledge, experience and tools needed to ensure that your insulation is installed properly and meets the necessary standards. Our installers are certified, experienced and can help you select the right insulation material for your home and provide you with guidance on how to maintain your insulation over time.

Professional insulation installers can also provide you with documentation that shows that your insulation meets the necessary standards. This documentation can be important during resale inspections, as it demonstrates that your home is energy-efficient and has been properly insulated. If your home is more than 10 years old, chances are high it won’t pass today’s inspection standards for proper insulation.

The Bottom Line on Home Insulation and Resale Value

Installing quality insulation in your home can positively impact its resale value. Insulation is one of the most important components of a home’s energy efficiency and buyers are increasingly looking for green and money-saving options, like home insulation.

Whether you plan to stay in your home for years or thinking about listing it for sale in the near future, our licensed and knowledgeable insulation contractors can evaluate existing issues that need to be fixed and help you choose the right insulation – not to mention save you up to 30% on utility costs. Call us at (913) 281-2250 or visit to schedule a free, no obligation evaluation.