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How to insulate yourself
from losing energy.

We know you want to save money, save energy and feel comfortable in your home and business, but did you know that insulation can help you accomplish all three goals?

Eighty percent of all homes, for instance, built in the last thirty years don’t have enough insulation. Most experts agree that, by adding the proper amount of insulation, you can reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 20%.

The best news is that insulation is inexpensive, and the energy savings can quickly make up for the investment.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homes in middle Tennessee should have an attic R-value of between R-38 and R-60. If your attic’s R-value is less than 38, you probably need more insulation. (R-value is a measure of thermal resistance of a substance.  The term is most commonly applied to measure the amount of insulation.)

Adding insulation is one of the best steps you can take to achieve long-term savings and efficiency for a lifetime.  Call us today, and we can measure the amount of insulation in your home or business and will give you a free estimate at the same time.

Open cell foam insulation

Open cell is a type of foam where the tiny cells are not completely closed. Open cell is less expensive because it uses fewer chemicals. It is a very good air barrier but does not provide any type of water vapor barrier. It is much more sponge-like in appearance. It is often used for interior walls because it provides sound reduction. It is not recommended for outdoor applications.

Light Density Open Cell: • Spray-in-place AND Air Barrier • Vapor Permeable • ―Breathes‖ • Flexible • Does not sustain mold*  • Drains water through • R-3.7 per inch

Closed cell foam insulation

Closed cell foam insulation is much denser than open cell. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure. It is a very good air barrier as well as a water vapor barrier. It is often used in roofing and crawlspace projects or other outdoor applications, but can be used anywhere in the home.

Medium Density Closed Cell: • Spray-in-place Insulation AND Air Barrier • Low Vapor Permeance  • Vapor retarder • Rigid • Does not sustain mold* • Rejects bulk water (even submerged)** • R-6.0+ per inch

Crawlspaces

If you’re like many homeowners,
your crawl space is currently damp and possibly moldy.

Most homeowners view their crawl space as that creepy area in the basement that is fertile ground for horror movies. However, when sealed the right way, your crawl space can be a dry, safe place to store the overflow of old yearbooks from your basement. But if you’re like many homeowners, your crawl space is currently damp and possibly moldy.

 

Crawl space encapsulation has a come a long way.

Roscoe Brown installs a polyethylene barrier to line your crawl space floor and foundation walls, and we insulate your foundation walls. Next, we leverage your existing HVAC system to heat and cool your crawl space to the same temperature as the rest of your home. This solution will improve your home’s efficiency and lower your energy bills.

 

Here are 3 good reasons to consider crawl space encapsulation for your home:

 

Your Home’s Structural Integrity

Wet, moist crawl spaces not only mean hazardous mold, they also result in weakening your wooden floor joists. Roll a marble across the floor above your crawl space. If it’s not level, you may already have a compromised foundation.

 

Energy Efficiency

Most crawl spaces vent to the outside, which results in cool air coming in during the winter, and hot air filling your crawl space in the summer. With the outside air banished from your crawl space, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to keep your family comfortable, resulting in energy savings.

 

Preventing the Insect Invasion

For termites, wet wood is a five-star restaurant of gastronomic delight. While predators avoid moist, wet spaces, rodents and insects love them. The polyethylene barrier we install seals off the moisture that attracts these pesky pests.

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