Garage Insulation R Value
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Asbestos Insulation Removal

Asbestos removal may become an issue when a material contyaining asbestos is damaged, crumbling or flaking in your home. Read on to learn more about what to do and the costs associated with the removal of asbestos.

Asbestos was used very widely in building materials before the start of the 1970’s. In reality it is actually a carcinogen but can often be found in older buildings among pipe and duct ventilation, vermiculite attic insulation, wall and ceiling acoustic tiles, cement floor tiles and siding as well as floor tile adhesives.

However it is wise that is the asbestos containing materials are in your home are undamaged, leave them alone. According to the Environmental Protection Agency it is far more dangerous to disturb them. In fact in the majority of states you must disclose if asbestos is in your home prior to its sale. But if you are planning a remodel, removing the asbestos will be the best thing you can do if you are going to disturb it in any way.

Asbestos Removal Basics

The first thing to do is to have the material you suspect containing asbestos tested and then have it professionally removed.

  • Speak with the asbestos program in your region as well as the asbestos administrative department in the state where the property is or you can contact OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) regional office to establish the local regulations and requirements for your area.
  • Find accreited asbestos contractors and inspectors who are trained and licenced in the testing and removal of safe asbestos.
  • Conflict of interest can be avoided by having suspect materials tested by a certain company and the removal completed by a different company.
  • Preparation is key. It may be the case you and your family will have to move out of your house on a temporary basis while the asbestos is being removed from the property.

Getting A Contractor

There is nothing infra dig about using a flooring, siding or roofing contractor for this as long as they are trained and well practices in the removal of asbestos. Before the commencement of work, you will want to ensure you have a written contract clearly expressing the local, state and federal regulations the contractor is obliged to follow including the clean up of your premises and the disposal of the asbestos. At the end of the job, get written evidence from the contractor that the above procedures were completed correctly. Have a licensed asbestos inspector perform a follow-up check as a final step.

Asbestos Removal Costs

An initial inspecton for asbestos costs an average of $600 with prices ranging from $400 to $800 for the US in 2019.

Asbestos removal costs do vary depending on how much needs to be removed. But you can expect an average minimum fee of $2,250 with averages varying on the low to high end at between $1,500 and $3,000.

Total asbestos removal in a home measuring 1,500 square feet with asbestos in the floors, walls, ceilings, pipes and roof averages $25,000 with costs ranging from $20,000 to $30,000 for the US in 2019.

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

Garage Insulation R Value
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What R-Value of Insulation to Use for a Garage?

A lot of people usually don’t think of insulating their garage when they are insulating their house but doing so goes a long way in reducing energy costs for the whole house as it offers an additional buffer.

Insulating the Garage

When you have a room built over a garage, it becomes vital to insulate the ceiling of the garage to avoid the heated area above it from losing its heat. When you insulate your garage, use insulation with the exact same rated R-value as that was installed in your home’s ceiling and walls.

While insulating your garage won’t make it essentially warmer unless you include a heater, it will help to provide additional insulated space for the home. A great deal of people enter and exit the home through their garage, the additional insulation will help make the car start easier in the morning. Use the same insulation to insulate the garage that was used for the exterior walls of the home. If the walls and ceiling are closed in, think of using a loose fill type of insulation, as this type of insulation uses a machine to push the insulation where it needs to go through a hole in the sheetrock. Insulate the garage’s ceiling by using the suggested R-value for your area as advised by the Department of Energy.

Exterior Walls

If your exterior walls were constructed from 2-by-4 inch studs, the maximum insulation that can be installed into the wall while keeping its R-value is R-13 or R-15 as these are each made to fit a recess at a depth of 3 1/2 inches. Because insulation fits the width and depth of the recess between studs, when you condense insulation to fit the space, you take away its insulating properties — the trapped air between the fibers.

Ceilings

When you have a room over your garage, its floor rests on boards supported by joists. If the joists are 10 inches deep, the recess can take high-density R-30 insulation, which is 8 1/2 inches thick, more than adequate enough for floor insulation. If the rafters are open to the garage, (boards that support the roof) use R-38 insulation between the them at the roof, if they are at a depth of 10 inches. To add additional insulation inside the garage, using sheetrock install a ceiling and allow access to the space between the new ceiling and the roof. This allows you to add the required insulation. While some ceilings in the southwestern part of the United States require a minimum of R-19 insulation, most attics or ceiling areas require a minimum of R-38 in the ceiling.

Garage Door Insulation

Use specialized foil-backed blanket insulation to fit the inside of your garage door. A lot of garage-door insulation has an R-value between R-8 and R-12, because it is thin enough to fit the space. This will add insulation to the garage door without hindering its functionality. Another option is purchasing a pre-insulated garage door that might have a higher R-value. If you insulate the garage without insulating the garage door will allow any heat collected in the room to escape through the door.

Best Way to Insulate Garages

When insulating your garage, it’s up to you to determine what type of insulation material works best for your garage.

Your overall goals and expectations and what they are will help you choose the insulation that works best in your situation. If you need a conditioned space that will keep cold air out of your home or extra room, a material that creates an air barrier will benefit you most.

Cellulose and fiberglass insulation don’t provide the kind of air barrier you are looking for in this scenario, so a foam insulation is a better alternative.

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922 or 623-931-0637.

What Does Asbestos Insulation Look Like
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What Does Asbestos Insulation Look Like?

When it comes to asbestos, it rarely needs introduced at this point. The majority of homeowners need to be educated on the general danger of breathing and disturbing asbestos fiber. Older buildings and homes may have asbestos within products from hot water piping insulation to furnace insulation, even floor tiles. Typically, it is recommended to simply leave it as-is without disturbing it. Otherwise, hire a professional asbestos removal company.

However, there are loose-fill wall and attic insulation which can contain asbestos. If you’re insulation is the batt style insulation, as the loose fill insulation has the higher risk as it’s loosely poured into wall or joist cavities. You may also find thousands of loose particles within walls or under attic flooring. These are the insulation types that pose the most risk.

So, how do you identify if your attic insulation contains asbestos? Below we will discuss specifics about loose fill insulation which could contain asbestos.

Vermiculite Attic Insulation

Vermiculite attic insulation is the main source of concern with asbestos dangers, although asbestos is not in every brand. Vermiculite insulation alone is not dangerous, being a pellet style mineral, which expands with higher temperatures. In addition to building insulation, vermiculite is commonly used with gardening for loosening soil.

More specifically, vermiculite insulation which was mined in Montana by the Libby company is one to watch for. It was sold under the brand Zonolite, for about 70 years.

Because Zonolite had been contaminated with tremolite, it resulted in being a health hazard. Tremolite is similar to asbestos. About 70% of U.S. vermiculite attic insulation originated from the Libby mine, while 30% came from other sources.

Loose Fill Insulation Could Contain Asbestos If:

Your home was constructed prior to 1990. The Libby mine was closed down in 1990, meaning any homes that were built and/or remodeled prior to their closing date could have attic insulation containing asbestos. If your home was constructed after their closing date, it reduces the chance of asbestos containing insulation, but there’s still a chance overstock insulation was used a while after closing.

  • Zonolilte is often a silver-gold or gray-brown color, which is another way to identify the insulation particles.
  • Zonolite particles have an accordion style texture. This texture is the result of particles puffing due to heat.
  • Zonolite will lay flat against a joist cavity, and remain firm. Loose fill fiberglass often fluffs and appears more like a snow drift.
  • Zonolite is a lightweight mineral, and reacts with high temperatures that result in puffing particles.

Is Loose Fill Soft, Gray and Lack Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely cellulose insulation, which contains a higher amount of recycled paper, without minerals. A closer inspection indicates this gray puffy material has no minerals, but appears like gray shredded paper. This means cellulose insulation does not contain asbestos and is a safe insulation, blown into the cavities.

Is Loose Fill Fluffy and White, With Some Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely fiberglass fill. Due to being a byproduct of glass, it has some shine in light. The texture is fluffy, similar to that of cotton candy. When it comes to breathing, fiberglass can be annoying, and known to cause cancer.

Is Loose Fill Puffy, Gray and Fibrous?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely rock wool, a mineral based loose fill. It is commonly found in fiber bundles, with a cotton style look. Rock wool comes in brownish white, off white, or white. Rock wool insulation is fabricated from belted basaltic rock and dolomite, with binders being added. Raw materials get exposed to temperatures up to 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit, making it melt. Then, fibers are spun from the molten material. It is common for rock wool to be found as a woven insulation batt or loose insulation. Similar to fiberglass, it should be handled carefully, but rock wool is not known to cause cancer.

What To Do If I Suspect Zonolite Vermiculite Insulation?

If you have loose fill insulation in your wall or attic that fits the visual aspects above, you can verify if it contains asbestos with a DIY asbestos testing kit. If you would prefer not to be around the insulation, to be on the safe side a commercial firm can be hired for testing insulation for asbestos. Generally, DIY kits can be purchased under $50, which may be a cheaper route.

In the event you find your insulation contains asbestos, it is best to locate an abatement company that has professional experience in handling asbestos removal, and never disturb the insulation. Although, asbestos removal is expensive, but if left it could cause many health issues for you and/or your family.

Phoenix Valley Insulation Removal

If you’ve got asbestos insulation in your property it poses a health hazard.  Barrier insulation provides insulation removal services in the Phoenix Valley and is an insulation installation contractor.  That means we can remove dangerous, damaged, or ineffective insulation and replace it with the highest performance insulation on the market.  From spray foam insulation to loose fill blown in insulation we will help you choose a cost effective and high performance insulation solution to help keep you comfortable all year long.

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How To Install Insulation in a Ceiling

To install insulation in a ceiling you can either hire professional insulation install or you can do it yourself.  The way to install the insulation will depend on the type of insulation you decide you want.

Warning: Always use personal protection equipment any time you’re handling insulation.  This goes for when you’re installing insulation and if you’re doing insulation removal.  The particulates insulation can put in the air are potentially harmful to your eyes, skin, and in particular your respiratory system.

Measure The Area Your Installing Insulation

The first thing you’ll need to do is calculate the space you’re insulating.  Take measurements to get the square footage of the area that needs insulation.  To calculate the square footage, take the length and multiply it by the width.  If you’ve got some areas that are taller than others take separate square measurements and considering buying 10% more insulation to cover irregular areas and waste.

Decide Which Type of Insulation

Your next job is to decide which type of insulation you want for your ceiling.  The best two types of insulation for ceilings are spray foam insulation and batt insulation.  They each have advantages for performance, cost, and ease of installation.

Spray foam insulation does outperform batt insulation, but it requires the trained hand of a professional for reliable installation.  Spray foam insulation R-Values are higher and as an added benefit spray foam seals off gaps and cracks.

Fiberglass batt insulation is less costly and easier to install for homeowners but will never have the same level of performance.  This means your conditioned air is staying in and outside air long with its pollen will stay out.

Purchase Insulation & Supplies

Next you’ll need to either hire a professional to install your insulation or buy the insulation and supplies.  Either way the insulation needs to be purchased and to install it tools are needed.  In the case that you’re installing spray foam a spray rig is needed along with ladders.  If batt insulation is being installed ladders will be needed along with, a measuring tape,  and heavy duty staple guns to attach the paper backing to the joists.

In either case personal protection gear is absolutely necessary for any type of insulation installation.  This means eye cover, facemask, and body covering.  Spray foam typically requires a protective body covering that prevents it from being spray on skin or ruining clothing.  Fiberglass batts will make you itch if you don’t wear long sleeves and pants.

Install Insulation in Ceiling

The way you install insulation in the ceiling depends on the type of insulation you decided to install.  There are much different methods to installing spray foam insulation vs. batt insulation.

Spray Foam Insulation Install

For spray foam insulation the installation consists of getting your safety gear on, preparing the spray rig, and then applying the spray foam in a consistent manner and depth.  This type of insulation goes on as a thing coating of liquid and quickly expands in volume filling up the area and any gaps or cracks.  Read more on how to install spray foam insulation.

Batt Insulation Install

If you’ve decided to install batt insulation you will need to measure and cut sections of the insulation to fit.  Utility knifes are the best tool to use to cut this insulation.  A great method for making the cutting easier is to compress the insulation down with a 2×4 section of wood to make cutting easier.

Next take your section up to the area between the joists and set the insulation gently in as far as it will go.  Fold out the paper edges to the insulation batt and affix them to the ceiling joist using your staple gun.  You should have a staple about every 7 inches.

 Phoenix Valley Insulation Installation

If you’ve got a business or home where you’d like to install insulation in the ceiling our team can help.  Our professional service makes the process easier, faster, and we get the job done right.  We install both spray foam insulation and batt insulation to give you the property owner the option for whichever fits your needs and budget best.  Our goal is to always provide exception customer service and install the very best insulation anywhere in Arizona.