Three Cheers For The Red, White, Blue… And Green!

4onthe4thWhat’s more American than good old fashioned ingenuity?

Getting something done yourself, particularly that saves your family money, can be very rewarding. So, got a few free hours over your 4th Of July Weekend?

These 4 projects are quick and easy, and can have you celebrating independence from high utility bills!

Here are your “4 on the 4th” – Easy Weekend Projects!

1. Rim Joists
The rim joist, where your foundation meets the sub-floor, is often left uninsulated by builders. And that is a big problem.

Damp, outside air comes in through the rim joists and then travels up to through the substrate. It leaves your floors cold in the winter, and can lead to moisture problems in the summer.

Luckily it only takes 1 inch of closed cell foam to stop the air leakage and resist moisture penetration.

2. Garage Ceiling
So many houses these days have living space over a garage.

It’s a great way to conserve space, but it can bring outside temperatures, noises, and odors into your home.
Fiberglass can’t stop these problems because it can’t stop air leakage, but spray foam can.

Starting with just 1 inch of foam you can stop the air leakage and finally feel like you live in a home and not above an auto mechanic.

3. Metal Building
If you have a metal shop you already know how hot they can get in the summer. Plus, they aren’t just hot, metal buildings are also prone to condensation.

Luckily you can apply 1 inch of closed cell foam and get moisture resistance and an R-Value of 7.

4. Statue Of Liberty
Yes, you read that right! Spray foam is a trusty tool of Hollywood set designers because it is durable, easy to apply, easy to sculpt, and easy to paint.

You can work wonders with wood framing, chicken wire, spray foam, and an artistic vision.

So, what project would you like to do this holiday weekend?

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It’s Getting Hot Out There… Is Your Home Ready?

insulation_summerIt’s summer!

And while life may be slowing down for the kids, it’s heating up outside, and the pressure is on to get those DIY projects done before your overworked HVAC starts affecting your wallet!

So, you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and whip your home in to shape!

Here are 4 ways to make sure that insulating your home will lower your bills and be the easiest project you do all summer. Win win!

1) Don’t Waste Time Waiting Around
You can’t start a project until you have your materials, and Foam it Green offers extremely fast ship times nationwide and local pickups if you live in the Chicago area.

2) Avoid Annoying Extra Trips to the Store
Foam it Green low pressure spray foam kits are self contained, so you don’t need any extra equipment. All you need is what comes in the box! Plus, we even throw in 17 freebies on orders of $250 or more.

3) Knock it Out Right the First Time
Your Foam it Green foam sprays green so that you know it is on-ratio, and will cure properly. In other words, green means go!  Other foams spray a neutral tan whether they are on-ratio or not. Why guess, when you can know for sure! Go green!

4) Get Answers from Real People
In a world of robots, automated recordings, online forms, and chat boxes, speaking to a real person is a rare treat. And that is where Foam it Green stands apart. You call when you need us, we answer and help, it’s that simple. Oh, and did we mention that we offer our live, real person support 24×7?  We’re here for you… always.

So, what summer project will you tackle first?

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Get Your RV Ready For The Road with Spray Foam

foam it green cargo vanRoad trips are the classic American vacation, and with good reason.

You get to chart your own destination and spend time with the people you truly care about.

But if you don’t have your ducks in a row, your fun family vacation could quickly devolve into a hot, sweaty disaster.

If you’ve seen National Lampoon’s Family Vacation then you know what I’m talking about!

If your RV is insulated, it’s probably with fiberglass. But, the problem with fiberglass is that it can’t stop air leaks.

The hot summer air can come in through the fiberglass, while the cool, conditioned air escapes straight outside.

Fiberglass will likely leave you with the air conditioner cranked up and a still sweaty, and cranky, family!

To keep your RV or travel van cool this summer, just add spray foam!

Foam it Green closed cell spray foam is easy to apply, has double the R-Value of fiberglass and stops those pesky air leaks. You will be amazed how much of a difference it makes, with just 1 inch of foam.

So, for a cool road trip this summer, just add foam!

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Cool Down Your Metal Shop, Once And For All

video still of metal shopRaise your hand if this has ever happened to you.

You wake up early on a beautiful summer day and head out to do some work in your shop. You’re excited to start the day working on a project, but once you walk through the door of the shop you are hit with an unwelcome surprise.

The morning sun has heated the metal roof, giant beads of water are falling from the roof, and it’s unbearably hot.

How on earth are you supposed to get excited about working in your metal building if you’re on the verge of a heatstroke?

This is a common problem facing DIYers, farmers, mechanics and just about everyone who works in a metal building. So many people have metal buildings that they just can’t use in the summer because of the extreme heat and moisture problems.

Well, enough is enough. Today we’ll show you how easy it is to keep your metal shop cool with spray foam insulation!

Note: If you have fiberglass in your shop, it could be doing more harm than good. Fiberglass has a low R-Value, can’t stop hot air from coming in and can’t stop condensation. To make matters worse, fiberglass absorbs condensation up like a sponge. Yuck.

Foam it Green closed cell spray foam is the ideal insulation for metal buildings. It only takes 1 inch (thickness) of foam to stop air leaks, resist moisture penetration and get twice the R-Value of fiberglass.

And you can apply the foam yourself. So why not take a few hours to upgrade your insulation and re-claim your shop?

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Fiberglass Vs. Spray Foam: The Ultimate 10 Round Smackdown

Insulation.

You never see it, but it affects your wallet, your comfort, and even your very health.

With so much riding on what’s in your walls, let’s take a look at the hottest two competitors for insulation in today’s market: Fiberglass vs Spray Foam.

Ding, ding! A 10 round battle of benefits. Let’s begin…


01
Dirt, Dust and Allergens

 Are you sniffling and sneezing all year round? Your fiberglass insulation might be the cause.

Fiberglass is a porous insulation made, literally, of shards of glass. It’s porous nature gives it that fluffy texture which allows it to insulate. But unfortunately, because of its porous nature, it also traps dirt and dust.

When fiberglass gets dirty, it is less able to insulate effectively, so the dirtier it gets, the lower the R-value gets.

Chances are that your old insulation may look like a 50 year old furnace filter. Gross!

allergies_insulationAs air blows through the dirty fiberglass it dislodges
dust and allergens, and circulates them through the air in your home.

This dirty air circulating in your home may be the cause of your chronic sinusitis, or unexplained headaches.

And if you have indoor allergies to start with? Forget about it. That filthy air could make your home unlivable. Not to mention that it isn’t insulating that well either, so not only are you spending more on antihistamines, you’re also paying more out every month to your utility company!

Spray foam insulation, on the other hand, has been preferred by people with indoor allergies for decades. Closed cell spray foam is too dense to allow dirt to collect so it keeps your home’s air clean and healthy.

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Moisture and Mold

Could mold be hiding in your insulation and making you sick?

Remember that fluffy, porous texture that we discussed in #1? Well, that same trait also leads to an inability to resist moisture and condensation.

Once condensation gets inside your fiberglass, that can lead to mold. Plus, moisture greatly degrades the ability of fiberglass to insulate. It settles and sags, and your R-value plummets as your bills rise.

Fiberglass is like a condensation petri dish! And that is terrible news for your health, and your wallet!

A Harvard University study found that over 50% of American homes have mold. Could your home be one of them?

indoor-air-pollutionFor the health of your family you should find out. Mold in damp wall insulation can cause headaches, asthma, memory loss, and even lung tissue damage.

But that’s not all.

If there’s mold hidden behind your walls it won’t just make you sick, and raise your utility bills, it get’s even worse

You see, mold doesn’t like to stay put in one small area, it likes to spread out and make itself at home.

So you can bet on that mold eventually spreading to your studs and drywall. Removing mold and rebuilding damaged structural elements could cost you thousands of dollars.

But, you don’t have to live in fear of mold! Closed cell spray foam resists the moisture penetration that causes mold.

There is no way for moisture to collect in spray foam and nowhere for mold to hide. You can even look for foam with an ASTM G21 certified rating, which prevents mold growth on the face of the foam.

 

03Pesky Pests

We already know that fiberglass traps dirt, but there may be something more sinister lurking in your walls. Bugs and rodents just love fiberglass.

You may even have creepy crawlers in your fiberglass this very minute!

Insects can crawl straight through fiberglass insulation. And once they’ve made their way in, they may decide to set up shop.

mouse getting out ot her hole in a luxury old-fashioned roonAnd mice?

Fiberglass is both a tasty snack and the perfect home. Heck, fiberglass looks almost exactly like the nests they create for themselves.

That’s all well and good for them, but when pests move into your walls they bring along a whole host of health hazards.

Animal droppings are unpleasant enough as it is, but they can also spread bacteria, viruses, and infections. They can even pack a double whammy by bringing insects along with them.

If this information doesn’t have your skin crawling by now, I don’t know what will.

Luckily, you can avoid these tiny terrors by insulating with spray foam.

Spray foam insulation is extremely dense so those critters can’t push their way into your home, and it has no nutritional value.

 

04Noisy Neighbors

A rebellious teenager in the apartment next door, a construction site in front of your house, an airplane flying overhead… With bad insulation, these perfectly normal occurrences can feel like they are so loud they are in the room with you.

Fiberglass does not stop airflow so it can’t do a thing to stop all of those intrusive sounds from making their way straight into your home.

Luckily, with spray foam you can finally enjoy Peace and Quiet.

Both open and closed cell spray foam can significantly muffle that noise.

That’s because spray foam blocks sound transfer by stopping airflow.

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05The Test of Time

Lots of things sag with age, but insulation shouldn’t be one of them.

One of the flaws of fiberglass is the way it is secured into place. Fiberglass batts are stapled into stud cavities around their edges, and loose fill fiberglass is blown in to wall cavities.

The problem here is that since they are not fully adhered into place, they sag.

iStock_000025071621LargeLoose filled fiberglass settles into place, fiberglass degrades and can slowly sag out of place.

And when that happens you can be left with ZERO R-Value in some parts of your home.

And zero R-Value = lots of drafts and huge energy bills.

Spray foam cures within minutes to a rigid form, so it doesn’t sag or settle. This means you never have to worry about the hands of time affecting your insulation.

 

06Safety – Look But Don’t Touch!

While fiberglass might look like a nice, cozy blanket, it is in fact spun glass. And like broken glass, it is something you should avoid touching at all costs.

Handling fiberglass can leave you with cuts or rash-like redness on your skin.

But that isn’t the only danger. Cutting fiberglass (which is almost always required to properly fit fiberglass batts into non-standard stud bays) produces a dangerous dust. This dust can be inhaled, or get into your eye causing infections and irritation.

That is some scary stuff, especially since children who may not know about fiberglass’s dangers could be drawn to the cotton candy-like insulation.

To learn more about fiberglass safety concerns check out this fact sheet from the Illinois Department of Public Health: http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/fiberglass.htm

With spray foam kits it is safe to the touch the foam just an hour after it has been applied. With fiberglass you have to wear protective gear anytime you move it.

 

07Sneaky Smell

Have you ever walked down the fiberglass section of your local hardware store and thought you smelled cotton candy?

Chances are it wasn’t just your mind playing tricks on you.

Fiberglass doesn’t just look like cotton candy, it can also smell like it.

candy_insulationFor years fiberglass manufacturers used the dangerous chemical Formaldehyde as a binder.  In an effort to remove the chemical from their product one fiberglass company replaced it with what they called a “bio binder”.

Suddenly, customers began reporting that their fiberglass smelled sweet; like candy or cookies. And for some, that smell never left.

The company hasn’t reported the ingredients of the bio-binder, but some have speculated that it may be maltodextrin. That would certainly explain the sweet smell.

Some homeowners have had to remove the offending fiberglass because the scent was so strong it gave them headaches.

Spray foam is a great alternative for those with sensitive noses.

Spray foam insulation has only a mild scent at the time of application. After installation, the scent quickly dissipates.

Check out more about the curious, sweet-smelling fiberglass here:

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/smelly-fiberglass-batts

http://www.jlconline.com/insulation/overbaked-fiberglass-batts-linked-to-odor-problems.aspx

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08Metal Buildings

If you’ve got a metal building then you know how important it is to have good insulation. Metal buildings are prone to condensation, which can lead to rust and corrosion.

Retrofitting an existing metal building with fiberglass is very difficult.

KC metal buildingEven if a metal building has been fitted with fiberglass in the typical manner (using plastic sheeting to support it), condensation tends to build behind the plastic, degrading the fiberglass and your R-value along with it.

Moreover, the moisture collection breeds mold, and can sometimes even create a water bubble that releases and makes a huge mess.

Therefore, fiberglass, since it cannot stop air flow and can absorb moisture, is already poorly suited for metal buildings. Then when you consider how quickly the fiberglass is likely to degrade, you can see that it makes a very poor choice for metal buildings.

That’s why more and more Americans are turning to spray foam for their metal buildings and more.

Closed cell spray foam is ideal for these projects because it adheres directly to the metal, and it prevents moisture penetration so you don’t have to worry about condensation or metal corrosion.

 

09Installation & Odd Spaces

Fiberglass batts are made to fit in standard 16″ or 24″ on center stud cavities.

The only problem with that is that 50% of stud cavities are not standard width!

For the fiberglass to work at all it has to tightly fit into place. If you are insulating a non standard wall cavity you need to  measure the batts, cut them and then staple them into place.

Your only other option would be to squish the fiberglass into place, but that just isn’t effective.

Who wants to shove rolls of glass shards into a small space and attempt to staple them in place without dropping anything? No one.

On the other hand, if you can use a garden hose, you can install spray foam insulation. It’s just that easy.

Good spray foam insulation kits are extremely simple to use, and are pre-pressurized so you don’t need any extra equipment to install the foam, you simply pull the trigger and you are good to go.

And insulating with spray foam isn’t just easier than fiberglass, it’s also faster. Much faster.

10REAL Value

Fiberglass has an R-value of only 3 to 3.5 per inch. And, in reality, fiberglass’s real life r-value is much lower than that.

R-Value is tested in an air tight, moisture free lab environment. But since fiberglass can’t stop air leaks, it begins losing r-value from the moment you take it out of it’s package.

And because fiberglass is porous, it can not stop air leakage, no matter how much you use.

When you have air leaks, the outside temperature can creep into your home, while the air you have paid to condition escapes out.

Many people think of drafts as a nuisance. But air leakage is a much larger and more expensive issue than you may realize.

25- 40% of what the average American pays for on their energy bills is air that has escaped straight out of their homes.

The US Department of Energy found that in 2010 Americans wasted roughly $58.3 Billion dollars because of air leaking out of our building envelopes.

And we aren’t just wasting money, we are wasting precious natural resources to heat and cool air that escapes out of our homes.

Luckily, stopping air leaks is easy with the right insulation.

Spray foam insulation is an air barrier, so it stops air leaks dead in their tracks.

Closed cell spray foam has an R-Value of 7 per inch and since it resists air penetration that’s what it stays.


In Closing: Be Good to Yourself

The winner of this bout was, likely, clear to you from round one.

Sure, fiberglass has had a nice long run since it was introduced early last century. In it’s day it was a real champion; introducing insulation to homes that previously had none.

But, along with VCRs, rotary phones, and parachute pants, fiberglass’ day has come and gone, and the modern green world demands a better choice: Spray Foam.

Spray foam insulation knocks out the competition because it protects your wallet, your comfort, and even your health.

So, now that you’re aware of the the fastest, easiest, healthiest insulation on the market, who will you help to save up to 40% off of their energy bills?

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This Weekend Project Will Keep Your A/C Bills Low All Summer

We are just a few weeks away from seriously hot weather, so it’s time to celebrate summer!

However, one thing that keeps many homeowners from a carefree attitude, and even an extra vacation, is high A/C bills. Yikes!

If you are dreading the sudden increase in bills, there’s no need to fear!

You can banish high energy bills once and for all wish a little bit of spray foam, and a quick weekend project.

Insulating your attic with spray foam is a small project which yields big results.

Up to 40% of all air leakage in a home is into the attic, so sealing this crucial area will make your home cooler this summer and lower your bills.

It’s the best of both worlds!

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Discover How Spray Foam Can Help You Set Sail This Summer

Many of our customers have used Foam It Green to fill pontoons, create marine coolers, and all sorts of other applications on their boats.

Our closed cell spray foam meets the Code of Federal Regulations safety requirements for water absorption, resistance to fuel, fuel vapor, bilge cleaner and oil.

You can replace flotation foam in a hull cavity with our regular rise closed cell foam by removing the deck, and spraying the foam between the stringers.

Then, once the foam is cured, level the surface of the foam and replace the deck.

Another option is to inject Foam It Green’s closed cell slow rise foam into the cavity through holes drilled into the deck. If you choose to insulate with this method make sure that weight is put on the deck surface in order to prevent any distortion caused by the expansion of the foam.

Foam It Green also works great for insulating ice chests, coolers, bait boxes and fish holds.

We even had a customer who converted a hollow rubber storage bench into a marine cooler with our slow rise foam.

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Don’t Buy the Hype! Learn What “Green” Really Means

Here at Foam It Green we couldn’t be more excited that environmental awareness is growing in popularity.

Going green cuts back on waste, conserves natural resources and, most importantly, makes the world a healthier place for future generations. When you make efforts to go green, you show your commitment to the future.

But, unfortunately, not all companies see it that way.

Some companies see the green movement as a trend that they can exploit for profit. They simply add the word “Green” or “Eco” to their packaging in order to drum up sales.

At the International Builders Show this year in Las Vegas, almost every major brand proclaimed itself green, but there were few substantial changes to the product or the way they did business.

Now, take a moment and ask yourself, do you think meatloaf is a vegetarian recipe because it contains half a cup of onions?

Would you believe a company that marketed meatloaf that way?

No, you would laugh at the absurdity of the claim, and the company would be mocked on the headline news.

Then why is it that many products can get away with claiming they’re “green” based on an added ingredient?

Cleaning products are great examples because they don’t claim to have a green benefit like saving energy. So, if the ingredient doesn’t have a green effect, then what does make it green? The way it’s produced?

That’s what these companies would like you to think, but the net ecological effect of including natural ingredients is notoriously hard to calculate.

Is it better to grow more lemons for a cleaning liquid than use X chemicals (or worse still, just add the lemons too)? Are biofuels better for the environment even if they drive deforestation?

An analysis of this give and take is very difficult to come by, so why go with these less effective ingredients?

Speaking of vegetarian, soy is a product which is commonly seen as ”green”, despite the fact that it is one of the most genetically modified crops in the world.

But, the reality of soy matters much less than the public perception. And some spray foam companies are using that cache to sell insulation.

Soy-based spray foams are popular now because they clearly have a natural ingredient. However, most soy-based spray foams still require lots of petroleum in their production. Whoa, I bet that wasn’t clear in the marketing, was it?

So, now you know that soy isn’t as ”green” as most people think, and soy-based foam requires additional petroleum for production.

But, it must be more effective then, right?

Wrong.

Almost all of them are open cell foams. Now why does this matter? Because open cell foams have a lower R-value, they’re less able to seal out air and they retain moisture.

In just 1 inch, closed cell foams seal out the air leaks that are wasting up to 40% of the energy used to heat and cool our nation’s buildings. Now you see why the U.S. Green Building Council loves closed cell spray foam insulation. usgc

They believe that a little petroleum used to save a lot of petroleum to heat and cool homes is well worth it.

Energy efficient windows would still be green if their production requires embodied energy and resources, because they save much more energy than it costs to make them.

Likewise, it requires less energy to make closed cell spray foam kits.

Moreover, they save much more energy because they seal out air like no other insulation.

In closing, we need to out-smart the companies who are sticking “Eco” or “Green” on their product without much thought and without changing their ways.

Maybe more natural ingredients make something Greener, but environmental impacts are not always clear to end consumers.

The cleanest and clearest way is to ask about the environmental impacts themselves: does it save more energy, does it reduce our carbon footprint, or reduce our demands on the earth? If so, then that’s green.

And if that green product saves you a little green too, what could be better?

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How Much Savings Can You Expect From Spray Foam?

Have you been reading up about spray foam insulation for months, and are wondering how it can save you so much money?

And is that savings worth the price difference between it and traditional batting?

Here is the skinny on how spray foam gives you a fat wallet, and how Foam it Green can work with any budget.

You don’t have to hire expensive contractors, you don’t have to take the day off from work to let a team of workers into your home, and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg. You also don’t have to settle for the less-effective fiberglass option.

With a quick read through this post, you will discover how you can get fantastic results with spray foam, no matter what your budget is.

How to Get Your Money-Saving Insulation Project Started.

  1. Prioritize. Start your insulation project by thinking about where you can get the most bang for your buck. A good rule of thumb is to insulate areas with the most air leakage. Stopping air leakage will significantly reduce your energy usage, since the air you pay to condition won’t be able to escape outside.
  2. Use the Hybrid Method. If you want to get the benefits of spray foam but want to save some money, you can combine insulation types and get fantastic results. It only takes 1” of closed cell foam to stop air leakage, resist moisture penetration, and get an R-value of 7. So use 1” of foam, then you can cover it with fiberglass to bulk up on R-value.
  3. Look at the ‘Big Picture’. Sure, it’s easy to see a lower price tag on fiberglass and think it’s cheaper, but take a moment to think about what that fiberglass will really cost you.

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First, fiberglass often has to be replaced, because it collects dirt, dust, moisture and even pests. Just imagine how the air filter in your furnace would look if you didn’t change it for 50 years; that could be what your old fiberglass looks like! Scary. Closed cell spray foam, however, is far too dense to allow dirt, dust, moisture or pests to collect. You just apply it once, and you’re done.

Second, fiberglass will cost you up to 40% more on energy bills, compared with spray foam. That’s because fiberglass is practically like a sieve; air travels straight through it. Spray foam, on the other hand, stops air leakage so you can significantly cut down on your energy use.

In closing, there’s no denying that spray foam is cheaper in the long run and more effective than fiberglass. And, spray foam insulation is well within your grasp.

So, want to get your project started? Check out some of our project planning website features, or give us a call!

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All About Attics!

Spring is finally here and it’s the perfect time to roll up your sleeves and make some upgrades to your home.

So after you finish spring cleaning, why not get to work and made some easy insulation upgrades?

To get the most bang for your buck, we recommend insulating your attic.

Getting an air tight seal and high R-Value in your attic can reduce your bills by a whopping 40%.

We could write pages and pages of information about why insulating your attic is important, but instead we would like to show you!

So, here are the Top 5 Attic insulation videos to get your project started:

  1. Two Easy Ways to Insulate your Attic
  2. To Baffle or not to Baffle
  3. Fact or Fiction: Open Cell Foam Prevents Leaks
  4. Easy Insulation Tips for Drywalled Ceilings
  5. Overhead Project Advice in Under 5 Minutes

With these 5 videos you’ll get the info you need to start insulating, and start saving on energy bills.

To learn even more, check out our attic project guides, and our large collection of customer testimonials.

 

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http://www.sprayfoamkit.com/videos-a-how-tos/projects-how-to-insulate-an-attic-floor-with-foam-it-green

http://www.sprayfoamkit.com/videos-a-how-tos/projects-how-to-insulate-attic-rafters-with-foam-it-green

http://www.sprayfoamkit.com/why-choose-us/customer-reviews?project=Attic&state=all&gender=all&product=all

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