Traditionally, spring is the busiest time for builders and contractors. It’s a busy time for Greenstamp too. Our crew has been in Middleton, RI applying spray foam insulation into a home renovation project. This winter, the home will be energy efficient and the owners will see a significant reduction in heating costs.
The team at Green Stamp, in partnership with the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, donated insulation and expertise for a home in Brewster MA. This home was built in one week for a family in need by members and partners of the Habitat of Humanity of Cape Cod.
We are proud to be part of this the mission to “build strength, stability and self-reliance through homeownership.”
Thank you to Robert Scott Button, owner of RSBvideo.com for the Oscar worthy time-lapse video of our 3rd Home Builders Blitz! The drone footage, hyper-lapse, and great music is amazing. The 15-minute "movie" beautifully represents the professionalism of our members. Thank you Scott! Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod
Posted by Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod on Thursday, September 28, 2017
Greenstamp successfully completes the insulation of the Poolside snack bar to help make the chefs and workers as comfortable as the poolside guests!
Greenstamp works with several types of foam on the market. We are certified to spray foam insulation from manufacturers like, Coribond(c), Demilec(c), and Gaco Western Foam Systems. We will evaluate and recommend the best product for your project’s specific need or requirement.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation is a versatile material and proven solution to a variety of construction challenges like:
- Creating of a complete air barrier
- Controlling moisture and condensation
- Stopping rodent and insect intrusion
- Preventing mold
- Inhibiting ice formation
- Eliminating squeaky building components
- Reducing convective currents in walls or attics
- Reducing outside noise
- Adding structural strength
All these benefits translate into:
- Energy efficiency (a high R-value per inch)
- Cost-savings, it reduces the cost of installing multiple products to achieve one thing
- Peace of mind, it keeps unwanted things out
OPEN CELL AND CLOSED CELL
The selection of Open Cell SPF versus Closed Cell SPF depends on the project and what is needed in terms of its performance or specific application requirements.
Open Cell SPF produces cells which do not completely close when applied. Air is allowed to fill the space inside the material. It is often installed in the same way unfaced-fiberglass insulation is used. In terms of cost and R-value, Open Cell SPF is the more efficient use of polyurethane foam. In other words, as an air barrier, it uses minimal material to create maximum affect.
Closed Cell SPF produces tiny cells that are completely closed making it a denser, heavier, and stronger material. Its composition is better for preventing vapor and moisture penetration. It is often used in basements, crawlspaces, unvented cathedral ceilings, wine cellars, and other areas of high moisture potential. Despite the higher R-value, Closed Cell SPF requires more material, is more expensive and has a higher cost per R-value.
Based on our evaluation of your project, Greenstamp will help you determine the best and most cost-effective solution.
Spray foam insulation is a spray-applied liquid plastic that expands many times its size. It is commonly installed as insulation and air or moisture barriers. Also known as spray polyurethane foam (SPF), spray foam is durable and maintains its physical properties over time. SPF has been used for over 60 years and is an extremely stable, long-lasting and a versatile material.
SPF is also among the ‘greenest’ insulation alternatives, as it requires minimal energy to transport and install. As a single product, depending on the project and formula, SPF can take the place of 3-4 other products like air barriers, sealants, vapor retarders, and weather barriers. Furthermore, studies have found that it does not release toxic gases or leach harmful chemicals into the air or soil.
Proper technical training and specialized equipment is used to apply the spray polyurethane foam in order to get the best results.
- Return on Investment. It’s the best investment you’ll ever make. Air leakage is responsible for up to 40% of your heating loss. Imagine spending less than a $1000 to have a professional crew come in and, in half a day with no mess, reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 32% (or 80% of 40%)?
- Rebates, rebates, rebates. If you’re like most of the country, you’ll also get up to $2000 back in government sponsored rebates. So, it’s not only good business, but it’s basically free. Imagine investing in the stock market and both getting to physically enjoy your investment and being able to realize an immediate return on your investment. How often does this happen?
- Whole House Comfort. It will make your home more comfortable. Drafty windows and doors make for uneven heating throughout the house. So, you end up with some places that are too hot and others that are too cold. Imagine your home heated evenly throughout so that you could put your bed right next to your windows. It’s possible, it really is.
- Painless and Immediate. It’s quick, quiet and clean. About 80% of air sealing of a home can be done by a team of trained professionals in half a day or less. You’ll realize the differences immediately.
- Noise Reduction. Air sealing doesn’t only keep cold air out, it also keeps out noise. So, your house will be more comfortable and quieter.
- Improve Indoor Air Quality. It can also keep out mold and pollen. So, if you’ve got allergies or are sensitive to mold, your home can finally be a safe haven.
- Prevents Ice Dams. Ice dams are caused by air leakage to the underside of your roof. This air is heated and melts the snow on top of the roof. The melted snow then drips down the roof until it refreezes causing those beautiful icicles hanging off the gutter. While they definitely are pretty, the damage they cause is extremely well known.
- Damage Control. Most frozen pipes could have been prevented with air sealing. If you’ve ever had a pipe freeze and a pipe break, you understand how valuable that can be.
- Pest Control. Air sealing can also keep out unwanted guests, such as birds, bugs and rodents.
- Prevents water damage. Water will follow the same holes that the air comes in through. When that water comes in, it often hides in the wall cavities destroying the building materials and acting as a breeding ground for mold and termites. If you air seal using the right materials, it will stop the air, the water, the mold and the pests.