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Wall Insulation vs Attic Insulation

Insulation

Insulation for your property

We read about insulating our attics and water pipes all the time, especially right before winter.  What about the walls though, do you worry about your wall insulation, or do you know if the walls have any insulation? If you’ve drove by houses being built, you see they add insulation before the exterior siding goes up and before the inside of the is completed. What about afterwards though?

Which does the most good, wall insulation vs attic insulation, are both necessary? The average home should be insulated in the attic/roof, in the middle (walls), and low (basement/crawlspace). All three of these areas are important in the comfort of your home.  We realize this can be expensive to do, but when insulation projects are done properly, they will provide an ROI over time. 

When you’re getting quotes to have your attic insulation updated, ask the cost of having wall insulation included. Many times, an insulation contractor will offer some discount when you have more of your house insulated.  However, after getting the quote, you still feel like you can’t afford the initial cost, start from the top and work your way down. This time, the attic, next time, the walls, and last the basement/crawlspace. 

How do you insulate a wall?

Exterior wall insulation of an existing house can require removing the siding, or you can achieve exterior and interior wall insulation using blown-in insulation.  Exterior wall insulation is a great defense against the loss of cool air in the summer and heat in the winter. Unfortunately, if your home was built prior to 1980, it probably doesn’t have any wall insulation unless a previous owner had it installed. The amount you’ll save energy expenses will well repay you for the cost of having wall insulation installed. 

Professional insulation installers will use special equipment that will cellulose or fiberglass fibers through a hose the contractor has stretched into your attic.  If access to inside the walls isn’t possible through the attic, they will cut holes into the drywall inside your home and blow the insulation through them, then patch the hole up. 

Shredded cellulose and fiberglass blown-in insulation is shredded and will fit in the crannies, nooks, and the irregular areas around plumbing and wiring. This can be one of the best ways to insulate an existing home. 

If you’re wanting to do your own insulation, saving money on the labor a contractor would charge, you can find several videos online that will show you how to install wall insulation. Some big-box home improvement stores offer free classes on various home improvement projects, keep your eye on their calendar for insulation classes! 

What is the best insulation for walls?

R-value is the standard unit of measurement for the effectiveness for all types of wall insulation. The higher the R-value numbers, the better the insulation level against cold or heat.  The R-value is determined by the density, thickness, and type of material of the insulation. 

For wall insulation in 2×4 walls, typically an older home, you should use R-13 or R-15 kraft-faced fiberglass insulation. This comes in rolls that fit between the studs of a 2×4 framed wall. For wall insulation in 2×6 walls, R-19 or R-21 kraft-faced fiberglass insulation is recommended, which comes in rolls too. This will fit the 2×6 walls to ensure insulation without leaving it too loose to be ineffective or too tight that the walls can’t breathe. 

What is the cheapest wall insulation?

For inexpensive insulation, fiberglass batts are recommended. This is still an effective insulation material, but it must be handled with care during installation because any tear will diminish the quality of the insulation.

Fiberglass batting insulation comes in packaged in rolls in a standard thickness between 16 inches, sometimes in 24 inches. It fits between joists and studs, popular for using in attics of new construction or anywhere there aren’t any obstructions. Fiberglass batt insulation costs up to $200 for a 500-square-foot area if you’re doing the insulation job yourself. If you hire a contractor, you can pay up to $300 for the labor in addition to the material. 

What are the wall insulation benefits? 

You can expect the following from investing in wall insulation for you home: 

  • Reduce heat loss in winter
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Reduce energy bills
  • Prevents mold

Is it OK to insulate interior walls?

Yes, in fact, many homeowners will do interior wall insulation for a sound barrier between rooms, even though it isn’t a total soundproof, it does reduce the sound significantly. Interior wall insulation can increase the privacy for bathrooms and home offices too. 

spray foam insulation in attic

Is internal wall insulation worth it?

Exterior wall insulation is standard for residential construction, but not the interior walls. Many homeowners have found it to be worthwhile on a personal note for the following reasons: 

  • Sound Absorbency: Interior wall insulation can reduce the transmission of sound throughout the home. Sounds from running water, television, and washing machine are just a few sounds that homeowners are constantly trying to minimize. 
  • Cooling and Heating Efficiency: Cooling and heating is approximately half the energy cost of any home. With interior wall insulation, you lower the energy expenditure as it holds the heat inside each room during the winter and cool air in the summer. 
  • Control Moisture: When moisture is trapped within the walls, it begins to mildew the walls, mold grows, and everything begins to rot. With interior wall insulation, that moisture is controlled, minimizing this from happening. Whatever amount of insulation you can have installed, or do it yourself, will help your home’s comfort level and energy expenses. Yes, attic, basement, crawlspace, and wall insulation costs money, but the return of that money will be realized in your utility bills each month.

Call 214.205.1200 today for your insulation needs.

Benefits of Roof Coatings

industrial building

What does roof coating do?

It isn’t a secret that having a durable, solid, weatherproof roof is important to any structure. What most people realize is how much abuse a roof gets from the climate and environment. From rain and sunshine to hailstorms and windstorms, over the years, a roof degrades, losing its effectiveness. And if the damage, wear, and tear aren’t addressed in a timely manner, a roof becomes a hazard. That is one of benefits of roof coating – it prolongs the life of a roof.

Unless you’ve had to have a roof coated, very few people are aware of what a roof coating is, what it does, and the benefits it provides. There are many types of roof coatings, each prolonging the lifespan of the roof while protecting it from the climate and environmental threats.

Factors like excessive water, high winds, and UV light are the major culprits to wearing the effectiveness of a roof down. Roof coatings contain a top level of resin and is formulated to provide roofs protection from the damaging effects of climate, environment, and weather. A roof coating provides more protection and strength than a few coats of paint.

Roof coatings have elastomeric properties that seal cracks and seams, conforming to the effectiveness of the roof type. There are several benefits that can be expected from roof coating costs:

  • Saves Money— When a roof is needing frequent repairs for cracks and leaks, it becomes an expense that most building owners do not want to endure A onetime cost of roof coating is more cost-effective way of commercial flat roof maintenance. 
  • Saves Energy—A reflective roof coating is an energy-efficient tool. It reflects the sun’s UV rays and the heat that generates so that the interior of the building is easier to keep cool. This is a big bonus for this area of the country where summers are brutally hot. Every building with roof coating contributes to reducing their part in the urban island heat effect, an environmental of today due to population and structure increase that generate heat.   
  • Extends Life —A professionally installed and maintained commercial flat roof will have an average life span of ten years.  With a roof coating, that it can extend lifespan of the existing roof another ten years or longer. Roof coating minimizes cracks, leaks, helps    reflect the sun and more. Having a roof re-coated on a routine basis will maintain that integrity even longer. 
  • Slows Damage – Roof coating slows the humidity and mildew from spreading mold while adding an extra layer of protection that we’ve discussed here, extending the life span of the roof.

Does roof coating stop leaks?

Yes, applying a roof coating will stop a small leak temporarily. That level of protection is just one of the many roof coating uses. The roof on a structure’s principal purpose is to be the frontline of protection against harsh weather, however, the roof needs a level of protection too. A roof coating is applied to make a roof a watertight barrier to keep water from seeping under the membrane and under the decking, into the structure.

Do roof coatings work?

If a flat roof or low-slope roof has already started leaking, roof coating may slow the leak or temporarily stop it, but it isn’t the permanent fix. When it comes to helping with energy expenses, yes, a professionally installed roof coating will help lower those costs. A good roof coating will extend the life of a flat roof while minimizing the factors that can damage a roof.     

worn roof in need of a coating

What is the best roof coating?

There are several types of roof coating on the market today, but the three most used are:

  • Acrylic Roof Coating – Has a longevity proven and will contract and expand with the heat, making the roof more resistant to UV ray deterioration.
  • Silicone Roof Coating – This is a single layer of roof coating that hardens when exposed to water. A resistance to rain or snow.
  • Polyurea Roof Coating – This roof coating is formulated with varying characteristics and won’t corrode from the chemicals used to make it water-resistant.

How long does roof coating last?

The lifespan of a roof coating will have many factors. With a professional roof coating installation, depending on the type of coating used, the thickness of the coating, the climate, environment, and weather where the structure is located are all factors. You can expect ten years lifespan from the roof coating. 

The roof of any structure will have a longer lifespan based on the maintenance and upkeep. Roof coating is a part of the maintenance and when it is installed will determine how much it helps the existing roof. The type of roof coating, the thickness, and how it is installed will determine how much lifespan it adds to the roof and has itself. For roof coating in Dallas and Lubbock, TX, call 214.205.1200 today.

Can You Use Spray Foam Insulation in Existing Walls?

Wall Insulation Being Sprayed On.

Can you use spray foam in existing walls?

Whether you have a newly built home or you’re beginning a renovation, you might discover that the insulation in your walls is inadequate. You may even find your home has no insulation at all in your walls. One of the best ways to improve wall insulation is to put in spray foam, and it is not impossible to add spray foam to existing walls without tearing up the walls.

If there is no insulation in your walls, adding spray foam is a fairly easy process, requiring you to basically drill a few easily patched holes in your walls. The foam is simply sprayed into the holes until a section is filled. Then you move on to the next section. This method actually works if insulation is already present, as the foam will just fill in spaces where the other insulation isn’t present. If insulation is present, you’ll want to check to see if it is damp or moldy. Should this be the case, unfortunately you may have to cut out some portions of the wall to remove the old insulation.

When you want to install spray foam wall insulation in Dallas, TX, turn to the professionals at Foam Tech. We are the spray foam experts. You can reach us in Dallas at 214-205-1200 or in Lubbock at 806-441-4636.

How much wall insulation do I need

When you are trying to calculate how much wall insulation you’ll need, several factors will come into play. First off, you’ll need to know the square footage of the walls in question. Secondly, you’ll have to determine what type of insulation you’re going to use, as well as how much and what type of insulation is present. You will also need to know the R-value of the insulation that’s present, as well as what you’re installing. Ideally, you’ll want R-38 insulation at a depth of about 12 inches. Several calculators are available online that can help you determine how much insulation you’ll need to put in your walls and throughout the rest of your home.  

What is the R value of 2 inches of spray foam?

There are two types of spray foam you can use for wall insulation, open cell or closed cell. Of the two, closed cell tends to have a higher R-value per inch than open cell. Closed cell foam normally has an R-value of between 6.5 to 7 per inch, while open cell has an R-value ranging from 3.5 to 3.6 per inch.

Is spray foam the best insulation?

Spray foam is becoming widely used as insulation. Closed cell spray foam in particular is valued for its high R-values, which fall between 6.5 to 7 per inch. Some of the other reasons why spray foam is being used include:

Advantages of spray foam insulation

  • The foam seals up areas other insulation doesn’t cover, preventing air and water seepage.
  • Open cell spray foam, in particular, works really well when it comes to noise reduction.
  • Helps reduce the amount of pollen and allergens that get into walls.
  • Helps prevent insects and small rodents from getting inside the home.
  • Can stop mold and mildew growth.
  • Sturdiness of the walls is improved.
  • It lasts longer than other types of insulation.
  • It reduces energy consumption so it is better for the environment.

Can I spray foam myself?

If you want to add spray foam as wall insulation or anywhere else, you can benefit a great deal from it. It’s not, however, recommended to install the foam yourself. In fact, even with kits you might be able to purchase at a big box store, you’ll find instructions saying “For Professional Use Only.” Materials like the paint used to seal the foam can catch fire if there is an open flame nearby. Spraying the chemicals also requires at minimum safety goggles and masks, though many professionals also wear protective suits. Unless you know how to handle the materials and have safety equipment, it’s usually best to get a professional to install the insulation.

Is wall insulation fireproof

While the individual chemicals used with spray foam can be flammable when being applied, if an open flame is present. The material can be combustible, so a thermal barrier is placed between it and the wall when used as wall insulation. The thermal barrier will prevent the foam from catching fire.

Can wall insulation get wet

One problem homeowners can face once insulation is installed is the possibility that the insulation can get wet if there is a leak and moisture gets past any vapor or moisture barriers in the walls. Fiberglass insulation is very vulnerable to damage from water and wet insulation needs to be removed as it could lead to mold or mildew growth or even cause structural damage or rotting. Both open- and closed-cell spray foam are highly water resistant. Open cell foam tends to dry very quickly, while closed cell foam will not absorb water. 

Do you have to leave your house during spray foam insulation?

Unfortunately, when you have spray foam insulation installed in your home, whether it’s wall insulation or attic insulation, you will have to leave your home for about 24 hours, until the spray foam has dried and hardened. The chemicals in the foam can be toxic when you’re not wearing protective gear like professional installers do.

Technician Sprays Wall Insulation.

Is wall insulation worth it

No matter what kind of wall insulation you install, you’ll benefit from it. Your home’s overall energy efficiency will improve, which will save you in utility costs. This is particularly true with spray foam insulation. If you want spray foam wall insulation in Dallas, TX, the professionals at Foam Tech for expert installation. Schedule a service appointment by calling us either in Dallas at 214-205-1200 or in Lubbock at 806-441-4636.

How is blown in insulation installed?

blown in insulation in attic

With blown in insulation, is it safe?

After last summer and this past winter, and the outrageous electric bills that came from keeping the building comfortable, you’ve decided your property needs new insulation. Last time, you and some buddies did it, rolling it out and securing it, as you itched and scratched. That was a long time ago. Since then, blown in insulation has come out, and it is a significant change!

An enormous part of your energy expenses are cooling and heating, and much of it goes up through the roof. That is where blown in insulation, or any type of insulation comes into play. It reduces the energy needed to keep your property comfortable, which reduces energy costs too.

They make most insulation for buildings from fiberglass, including blown in insulation, which is made from plastic filaments that are fortified with recycled glass which has been spun into fibers. It is the glass content that slows the spread of the cold, heat, and sound, reduces energy costs by as much as forty percent. It is also moisture-resistant, resisting fungus and mold.

Yes, when fiberglass blown in insulation is installed properly, it is perfectly safe. If you are installing it yourself, there are precautions you must take when handling it. Such as long pants, long sleeve shirts, gloves, goggles, and a respirator mask.  

When fiberglass insulation is disturbed or moved, tiny particles release into the air and when they can get in the skin pores and cause irritation, itching, and rashes. When inhaled, they can cause coughing, respiratory problems, and nosebleeds.

Is blown in insulation any good?

Yes, when it comes to which is more efficient, blown in insulation wins hands down. When it comes to ease of installation again, blown in insulation is the winner. Installing the blown in insulation versus the batt type insulation is easier, which makes it faster for the professionals. Any type of insulation is an investment, but the blown in insulation will have more ROI over the years when it comes to energy bills.

Is blown in insulation better than rolls?

Yes. Blown in insulation is more effective than other types of insulation, like fiberglass batt. Even having the same R-value, because there are no seams with blown-in insulation as there is with batt insulation, is more than 20% more efficient. 

Another bonus to blown in insulation is there is little to no need for human touch. They blow in it with a machine that has large hoses, and a tank filled with the loose insulation. When batt insulation is installed, it takes man-power hours, sometimes a whole day, of rolling it out in the attic, cutting to fit, and then securing it.

What type of blown in insulation is best?

When you insulate your property, you may be surprised at the different types of insulation on the market and whether blown in insulation or spray foam is the best way to go.  Hands down, spray foam insulation is the most popular know because of the ease to have it installed. Spray foam is more expensive than the other blown in insulation types, but it offers more.

  1. It is Class One Fire Rated for attics because it does not facilitate fire.
  2. It doesn’t retain water, so it doesn’t promote mildew and mold.
  3. It creates a tighter it air seal which helps lower energy bills
  4. It insulates the roof deck and for an unvented attic, it creates a semi-conditioned area.

The biggest downside of spray foam blown in insulation is that requires a professional to install it.

How long does blown in insulation last?

Having new insulation or upgrading existing insulation is an extensive project both physically and financially. Before property owner commits to this, they not only want the best pricing possible, comparing rolled batt insulation to blown in insulation, they want to know will it last. Blown in cellulose insulation has a life expectancy of twenty to thirty years in the right condition. Meaning, there are factors that can affect life expectancy, such as air leaks. If there are air leaks in the attic or the walls, even with the blown in insulation, the air will still leak. Blown in insulation like cellulose, a fluffy material settles over time as much as 20 percent. On a positive side or cellulose, you can add more after it has settled. Cellulose blown in insulation is largely made from recycled newsprint, making it more susceptible to moisture, so any attic leak will damage this blown in insulation.

measuring attic insulation for efficiency

How do I prepare my attic for blown insulation?

Even if you are having a professional insulation contractor install your blown in insulation, there are some things you need to do before they arrive on installation day.

  • Seal It Up: Blown in insulation, or any type of attic insulation is only as good as we seal the attic. To get the most energy-efficiency for the money you’re spending, take the time to seal cracks and block holes. Buy a good quality caulk and pieces of cut 2×4 boards and spend some time in the attic sealing cracks and holes. However, stopping that air exfiltration and infiltration is good, you also need to make sure your attic has ventilation. Every attic needs a certain amount of fresh air to provide your building with a healthy living environment. You want controlled air in your attic that will work with your blown in insulation.
  • Clean It Up: If you use your attic for storage, remove all of it. If you haven’t used your attic, take a tour and look for anything previous owners may have left, you may find an unexpected treasure.  Check the electrical wiring, duck work, roof vents, and any recessed lighting. Make the repairs yourself or have it done before the installation day of your blown in insulation.
  • Get Prepared: As we have mentioned, it needs ventilation in an attic. It keeps hot air from getting trapped and the moisture of that hot air creating mold and causing wood rot. The eaves should be prepared with attic ventilation baffles, so the airflow isn’t blocked. Install barriers around heat-producing things like the chimney, furnace, recessed lights, and stove flues.  Even with a blown in insulation that has a high fire rating, you don’t want to make any changes.

Attics are the only place to have insulation installed. Blown in insulation for walls can do a lot for your building’s energy bills too, especially on the north side!  You might have blown in insulation for the crawl space under your building, especially if you’re don’t have carpeting. Looking to create a quiet environment? Consider having blown in insulation for soundproofing added to your space. When you are ready for new insulation, reach out to the professionals of Foam Tech at 214.205.1200!

Is Silicone Roof Coating Good?

silicone roof coating

Is Silicone Roof Coating Good?

Are you considering a silicone roof coating? You might be wondering whether or not you should select a silicone roof coating versus another type of roof coating, such as acrylic. Silicone roof coatings are surprisingly good for the environment because they are solvent-free and they have minimal VOC levels. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. VOCs have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Thus, if having an environmentally friendly roof is important to you, silicone will be less harmful to the atmosphere, and less harmful for your roofing crew to apply. Because silicone is moisture-cured and solids-based, it can be applied to your roof at practically any temperature. Silicone roof coatings often don’t need a primer as well.

How Long Does Silicone Roof Coating Last?

A silicone roof coating will last approximately fifteen years, or 15 years numerically. With the help of a professional roofing company, a silicone roof will last the duration of fifteen years and will have a minimal need for repairs. Of course, it is always good to have a good roofing company on hand if severe weather affects the roof. If you own a commercial building, it will be important for you to keep the contact information for a reliable roofing company in case of such weather emergencies. 

How Do You Apply Silicone Roof Coating?

The process of applying a silicone roof coating is fairly straightforward. However, each step will need to be thoroughly reviewed in order to make sure you are accommodating the right space, time and materials for the process. Please review the following steps to learn more:

  • A clean roof. The natural first step to the silicone roof coating process is to have a perfectly clean roof. That means the entirety of the roof must be swept, and all dirt and debris must be removed. This step is critical and will determine the solidarity of your roof coating. Thus, special attention must be made to ensure that your roof is completely clean.
  • Severe cracks and tears must be addressed. If your roof has any cracks or tears, each of these breaks must be inspected and treated according to proper roofing methodology. In order for the silicone roof application to be seamless, each of the cracks must be repaired and sealed
  • Silicone roof coating is applied. Consult the roofing manufacturer’s instructions. Is a primer required? If not, using a paint roller and brush, you can begin the spread the coating onto the roof. Please make sure to work in 6’ to 8’ areas. You do not need to do the entire roof at the same time. The coating should be even and thick.
  • Allow the roof to dry and cure. The curing time will differ based upon what the product is, so please consult the manufacturer’s instructions.

How Much Does Silicone Roof Coating Cost?

For a silicone roof coating, you can expect to pay anywhere between a dollar and a dollar fifty for the pure material cost per square foot. For labor costs, you can expect to pay fifty cents to a dollar per square foot. These prices are according to the 2020 roof coating and sealing costs available through the internet.

How Often Should You Coat a Flat Roof?

If you are wondering how often you should coat a flat roof, the true answer depends upon the material that was used, the quality of the application, and whether or not regular roof maintenance has been effectively utilized. For roofs that have been built up with layers of roofing felt and asphalt or coal tar, the roof should be coated every two to four years. As previously mentioned, silicone roofs only need to be replaced every fifteen years.

Silicone Roof Coating Reviews

Many commercial property owners want to know not only how a silicone roof performs, but how silicone as a material can be relied upon in storms and extreme temperatures. For these answers, it’s always best to rely on real customer reviews. 

What is Silicone Roof Coating

A silicone roof coating is essentially silicone that has been modified to be sprayed directly upon an existing roof system. The technical name for a silicone roof system is Silicone Restoration Membrane, known by the acronym SRM.

Can You Paint Over Silicone Roof Coating

If you are wondering whether or not you can paint over a silicone roof coating, please be aware that the process is difficult, if not impossible. It’s very difficult for most kinds of paint to stick to silicone, save for oil-based paint. Generally speaking, oil-based paint will dry within six to eight hours. The manufacturer’s instructions will be more specific

silicone roof coating

Spraying Silicone Roof Coating

If you need assistance with a silicone roof coating, it is always preferable to rely on an established, insured roofing company. In order to find one in your area, please refer to your friends and neighbors, or conduct an internet google search.

With many years of experience, Foam Tech  is uniquely qualified to perform silicone roof coating in Dallas, TX. Call us today at 214-205-1200 for Dallas, or 806-441-4636 for Lubbock. We hope to hear from you soon!

What is the best roof coating?

flat membrane roof

Quality roof coatings

As the owner or maintenance manager of a commercial structure, do know when roof coating vs replacement is best? If you decide to go with a roof coating, do you know which one that will provide the benefits of roof coating and sealer, especially if you’re needing roof coating to stop leaks.

You want to make sure you choose roof coating you can walk on without concern of it causing problems. So how do you what is the best roof coating for a flat roof? There are several factors that can determine which of the four types of Elastomeric roof Coatings:

  • Butyl – This roof coating comes recommended for repairing a flat, low-sloping roof with built-up PVC or single-ply. It has a high resistance to ponding and performs a vapor barrier. 
  • Acrylic – This roof coating comes recommended for sloped roofs and because it is environmentally friendly and has a longer lifespan, making it a preferred choice over Butyl. 
  • Polyurethane – For EPDM rubber roofs, this is the recommended roof coating because a high PH rinse isn’t required. This roof coating works well on modified bitumen and single-ply.
  • Silicone – Silicone coating is recommended for polyurethane foam rooftops because it is best for repairing weather damage like UV rays. For an existing silicone-coated roof, this roof coating comes recommended.

Does roof coating stop leaks?

To stop a roof leak, silicone roof coating provides a perfect solution, and you don’t have to patch one hole at a time, just coat the entire roof with the silicone.  

How do you stop a flat roof from leaking?

The odds of a commercial structure having a flat roof are likely. Why? Because they are cheaper to build and easier to maintain. However, if you don’t keep up with maintenance, you may find a swimming pool inside the building one day after heavy rain. The only thing worse would be a plumbing emergency that has flooded your building.

If you have taken possession of the building recently, you may not even be aware the was a problem with the roof which would show you didn’t perform true due diligence of the building’s condition.

Once you notice you have any size of a roof leak, it is important to get it repaired quickly. The longer it goes unrepaired, the more damage it can cause. Sometimes roof leaks can do repairs yourself, however, if you have any of these issues, seek the services of an experienced flat roof contractor:

  • Roofing felt has large holes
  • Existing roof surface has cracks
  • Debris has punctured the roofing surface

To determine if the leak is something you can fix take follow these steps: 

  1. Find the source of the leak. Where the leak is coming through inside isn’t necessarily where the leak is on the exterior. Measure from where you see the leak on the inside to the closest wall.
  2. Climb up to the roof and using the measurement you took from inside, start looking where the leak could be from the exterior. Signs to look for are damaged membrane around the flashings and plumbing vents.
  3. Remove the debris from where you suspect the leak and anywhere else on the roof. If you notice any normal wear and tear, this indicates the roof has simply reached its end of life.
  4. Dry around and on the area of the leak. We know flat roofs for ponding water and any repair work is not possible until the leak area is dry. Otherwise, repair on a wet area will trap the moisture and mold will start growing.
  5. Identify the damaged area, such as blisters on the flat roof, which indicates that air or water has seeped in between the roofing layers. Look for cracks, a sign of UV ray damage. Knowing what kind of damage that the roof has incurred will tell you how it needs to be repaired. If the damage is severe, call a professional roofer.
  6. Cut our the damaged and then apply roofing cement between the layers of the roofing material. Apply even pressure to the area where the roofing cement is applied, then nail it down. As soon as you have the leak temporarily fixed, call a roofing contractor for a permanent repair or a replacement roof.

They may apply a layer of roof coating and along with your temporary patch, it could extend the roof for a short while so you can budget a full replacement.

How do you waterproof a roof?

Follow these steps to help you waterproof the roof so that the contents, your employees, and customers are safe.

  1. Measure the length and width of all roof surfaces.
  2. Using a push broom and pressure washer, ensure all the dirt and dust are removed.
  3. Apply elastomeric roof coating with a paint roller.
flat white roof in need of coating

How long do roof coatings last?

The average life span of properly applied roof coating can be ten years. Things that can affect the longevity of roof coating are things like the climate, environment, and lack of maintenance.

Roof coat that has been applied properly and regularly, along with regular inspection and maintenance, can extend the life of a flat roof by 10 years. This is one expense that a building owner should not skip in order to keep their building in good condition.  For roof coating in Dallas, TX, call 214.205.1200!

How Long Does Spray Foam Roofing Last?

Spray foam roofing

How Long Does Spray Foam Roofing Last?

Spray foam roofing is an admirable form of roofing for many reasons. But how long does it last? According to national estimates, twenty to thirty-five years is an appropriate estimate for spray roofing lifetime. Ultimately, like many roofs, the overall timeline is determined by maintenance, weather, climate, and traffic. The more a roof is exposed to the elements without repairs or maintenance, for instance, will limit the overall lifetime. It is important to note that when the protective coating on a roof is removed, and the roof is cleaned and foam roofing reapplied, the new coating is essentially a new roof. 

How Much Does Spray Foam Roofing Cost?

An average roofing installation price for a spray foam roof can be anywhere within the range of six-thousand to seven-thousand two-hundred dollars. The overall price tag will be determined based upon the size, slope, and pitch of the roof. Property owners can expect to pay two dollars and fifty cents to three dollars per square foot. As you may suspect, this translates to two-hundred and fifty to three hundred dollars per square. 

What is a Spray Foam Roof?

Spray polyurethane foam roofing, also known as spray foam roofing, is truly unique. It’s known as a material that is sprayed as a liquid so that it can expand as a foam. It can create a solid layer across an existing roof. The foam itself is created by coupling two liquids, which are known as a polyol/resin and an isocyanate. It is applied by being sprayed onto the existing roof substrate. Because the foam expertly adheres to many surfaces, it can be installed on any roof slope. This is an admirable quality.

Does Spray Foam Stop Leaks?

One of the really interesting things about spray foam is the fact that using expanding polyurethane foam is actually a great way to stop water leaks. This is because the foam itself will adhere and expand to fill any existing cracks. The application of this foam will also help prevent future leaks. Before using spray foam for any application, make sure to consult an expert and do some research. It also pays to know how to apply spray foam correctly. Please make sure that you are using proper methodology if you are considering using spray foam for a leak. Water plays an important role in many aspects of a property. If your pipes are clogged, hydro jetting may be the answer. 

Can Spray Foam Rot Your Roof?

The question of whether spray foam will rot your roof is perfectly acceptable. After all, some homes with open-cell spray foam insulation that has been installed on the underside of OSB roof sheathing have exhibited signs of moisture. However, the answer to whether or not spray foam will rot your roof is definitive: no.

Is Spray Foam Roofing Good

This is an excellent question. To find out more, please review the following bullet points.

  • Straightforward roofing installation. Spray foam roofing is recognized to be fairly easy to work with and manipulate. These roofs are installed by spraying a liquid onto the existing roof and waiting for it to expand into a foam.
  • Energy-efficient. Believe it or not, spray foam roofing has thermal, air and moisture barriers. These barriers have a very high R-value per inch. That means that spray foam roofing has great insulation, which translates into hopefully lower energy bills.
  • Seamless. Spray foam roofing is quite literally seamless. That means that there are fewer opportunities for roof leaks.
  • Flexible. Spray foam roofing has the remarkable capacity of being rather flexible. That means that when the building inevitably shifts, there won’t be significant damage to your roof.

Where to Buy Spray Foam Roofing

If you are interested in procuring spray foam roofing for your roof, the best place to call is an established, licensed and insured roofing company. By going to an authority on roofing installations, property-owners can be sure to receive a quality roofing installation. If an unqualified individual takes on the task of applying spray foam roofing, you can expect to see some errors. Some things, such as roofing, should be left to licensed and insured experts. 

How to Apply Spray Foam Roofing

Spray roofing is installed only once the entirely of the roof is cleaned and prepared. The substrate does not need to be stripped, instead, it can be prepared by cleaning it thoroughly with air pressure or a vacuum. All dirt, dust, and contaminants must be removed. Then, the contractor can lay down the polyurethane foam. This foam expands twenty times in size to form a solid and seamless surface. Once that layer has completely formed and dried, it can then be coated in a layer of elastomeric silicone or acrylic coating with granules embedded.

Spray foam roofing

Spray Foam Roofing on Mobile Home

In many areas of the country, there are roofing companies that will spray mobile homes with SPF roofing. In order to receive a roof inspection and quote, please be sure to contact a reputable roofing company that is licensed and insured. The more experience your roofing company has with such processes, the less likely there will be errors in installation.

Scheduling an appointment for your spray foam roofing has never been easier. Our staff at Foam Tech are ready to take your phone call at 214.205.1200. Discover more about what spray foam roofing in Dallas, TX, and Lubbock, TX can do for you!

What is silicone roof coating?

flat roof with silicone coating

Protect your roof with a coating

A silicone roof coating, also known as Silicone Restoration Membrane, is a substance that is applied onto a roof directly using special silicone roof coating spray equipment.  The substance will fill in any blisters, cracks, and seams. Building owners and maintenance managers will have a silicone roof coating applied on their building’s roof to extend its lifespan. It is not intended this process to insulation or underlayment but is a good as an additional layer against the climate and elements.

Is roof coating any good?

There are two types of roof coatings: acrylic and silicone. Both are good in certain climates and environments. With both having good qualities and bad qualities, the brief descriptions can assist you in making a choice which is better for your structure. Acrylic roof coatings provide the best value with a good balance between performance and price. It is good in most climates because of is reflectiveness and UV resistance. For installers, it is an easy material to work with. The cons to acrylic roof coating are the thickness wears down which could allow moisture on the roof below.

Silicone roof coating is good on buildings where ponding water may exist, and it weathers better than other roof coatings. There is little to no erosion with a silicone roof coating, and it won’t get brittle or hard. The cons to silicone roof coating are that it will lose its reflective ability over time as it holds dirt and the rain washed that dirt away along with the reflectiveness. If re-coating it, it must be with like-silicone or totally remove and re-coat with a new product.

How long does silicone roof coating last?

The most redeeming quality that silicone roof coating offers is the mileage you get from it. When a correct thickness of silicone roof coating and annual inspection and maintenance performed, it can last 15 years. 

Does roof coating stop leaks?

While roof coatings may possibly stop minor leaks, it should not be applied to identify the leaks. Experts suggest that leaks be identified, and any repairs needed to be made prior to applying a roof coating.

Is silicone roof coating worth it?

With flat roofs, silicone has rapidly become the go-to product, and the many benefits if offers explain why:

  • Little to No Erosion: Silicone roof coating provides a high level of durability that weathers well over its lifetime. This material will stand up to most of what Mother Nature dishes out, which eliminates any premature maintenance expense.
  • Cures Naturally Outdoor: A silicone roof coating does not require any special considerations when it comes to curing because moisture helps it to cure. Installing in high humidity is preferred by most contractors because of this, and in some cases, the need for a primer is eliminated.
  • Provides Puddling Protection for The Structure: Flat roofs are known to have water puddles, which can be problematic with erosion or leaking or seepage into the structure. Silicone roof coating has tremendous resilience and will hold water in place until it either drains or evaporates. This is a money saver and time saver because fewer manhours for maintained is required to remove standing or clean-up/repair water leaks or seepage.
  • Minimal Expense for Preparation and Installation: The silicone roof coating restoration membrane will provide substantial savings when applied to an existing substrate that is dry and stable.
  • Extends the Roof Lifespan: When silicone roof coating is applied to a roof in relatively good condition, it can extend the lifespan of that roof. It fills in areas that are vulnerable such as cracks, seams, and splits without requiring extensive labor.
  • Energy Expenses Are Reduced: Silicone roof coating is often referred to as a “cool roof” because of its reflectiveness the white coloration provides. Energy bills have been reduced by more than 30% when silicone roof coating is applied because most of the sun’s rays are reflected, keeping the building at a comfortable temperature.
  • Savings on The Installation: Because silicone roof coating can be installed quickly, the daily functions of the business aren’t interrupted.

The biggest benefit of all that each of these contributes to is the money and time saved. As the owner or a property manager, this reflects the most with bottom-line concerns.

silicone roof by store

Can you paint over silicone roof coating?

Manufacturers design silicone caulk to the last longer and perfect for areas exposed to water. It is less prone to degrade over acrylic or latex caulks and will resist mildew. It doesn’t discolor and adheres well with flexibility while drying transparent. Transparency is the key to being aesthetically attractive. However, the water-resistance nature requires special preparations for painting it.

Silicone roof coating has many benefits, as we have covered, and is a popular choice in a flat roof coating. However, there are cautions to know of, such as when wet, it is very slippery, in part because it is water-resistant. Any contractors that require roof access to install or repair equipment, such as the HVAC system, should wear slip-resistant shoes.

When having a silicone roof coating applied, be sure the roof is dry because any moisture will compromise the adhesion to the roof. If the existing roof is a dry cap sheet roof, experts recommend it to apply a base coat of silicone with a second coat afterward. Although not required, sometimes using fabric or tape on loose seams for reinforcement is recommended by experts. Want to get started on your silicone roof coating in Dallas or Lubbock, TX? Dial 806.441.4636 and 214.205.1200 today!

What is the Best Insulation for the Attic?

A Technician Sprays Foam Insulation.

Is spray foam good for attics?

If you are considering insulating your attic with spray foam, you will want to consider spray foam attic insulation benefits and its disadvantages. Here are some of the pros and cons to using spray foam in your attic.

Spray foam attic insulation pros and cons:

Pros

  • Provides a difficult-to-break airtight seal in the attic that prevents airflow and condensation. It also does not absorb moisture.
  • Creates an insulating barrier that’s at least 30% more energy efficient than other types of insulation.
  • Deters mold and mildew growth, as well as pest infestation.
  • Lasts for decades, and does not lose its R-value, or the measure that rates how well insulation resists heat transfer.
  • It strengthens the roof and improves its ability to withstand winds.

Cons

  • It may not be able to reach every cavity, which can decrease its overall efficiency,and increases the risk of water damage.
  • It can sometimes shrink as it ages and pull away from framing.
  • Requires skilled technicians to install correctly.
  • May not meet insulation code standards in some areas.
  • Installation costs may be higher than other types of insulation.

Overall, spray foam insulation has more benefits for your attic than it does disadvantages. If you are considering installing spray foam insulation in Dallas, TX, consult with the professionals at Foam Tech. Schedule an installation by calling 214.205.1200.

Spray foam insulation can be used for both residential and commercial buildings. While spray foam is useful for keeping moisture out of your attic, if your business has a plumbing leak, you’ll want to find a plumber that specializes in commercial plumbing to repair leaks that could affect the whole building.

Will adding insulation attic make a difference?

Any insulation in your attic is better than none, whether it’s fiberglass or spray foam. While most homes have attic insulation, that insulation may not be adequate when it comes to maintaining your home’s energy efficiency. Keeping your home comfortable requires a lot of energy, and upgrading the insulation in your attic is one way to reduce energy use and heat loss. Without adequate insulation, you can lose up to 20% of your conditioned air through your attic and roof.

The best way to determine if you have enough insulation is to measure its R-value, or its resistance to heat transfer. Most home builders and HVAC experts recommend an R-value of 30, which means your attic should have at least 8.5 inches of insulation on the attic flooring, as well as insulation around all attic openings.

How much does it cost to insulate an attic?

The costs are going to vary depending on the size of your attic, the kind of material used, and how much is used. The average cost in the U.S. to install insulation runs between $1,700 and $2,100. Loose fill or blown-in insulation is the cheapest to install. A bag of this type of insulation can be bought for about $12 and will cover about 40 square feet. Batt fiberglass insulation that’s rolled onto the attic flooring costs about $0.40 per square foot. If you are applying spray foam and wondering, “How much does it cost to spray foam insulate an attic?” the answer is that spray foam insulation costs $1 to $1.20 per square foot for open cell foam and about $1.25 to $1.50 per square foot.

Spray foam attic insulation vs. fiberglass

Usually, most homeowners will tend to choose between spray foam insulation and fiberglass insulation when it comes to installing insulation in their attics. Almost 85% of all homes in the U.S. have fiberglass insulation. While it’s cheaper to install, it’s often less effective than spray foam, especially in extremely cold weather. Fiberglass insulation is also prone to air leakage, whereas spray foam insulation is generally airtight. Fiberglass also has a lower R-value than spray foam, at 2.2 per inch compared to 3.5 per inch for open cell spray foam or 6 to 7 per inch for closed cell spray foam.

Is spray foam insulation worth it?

While spray foam insulation generally costs more to install than other insulation, it often makes up for it in the long term in energy efficiency. Spray foam attic insulation energy savings range between 15% to 50% on energy bills. You’ll also notice a distinct difference in comfort levels inside your home. Because spray foam seals up spaces when properly installed, it keeps more of your conditioned air inside the home. This also causes your air conditioner or heater to run less, while still keeping your home comfortable.

How thick should spray foam insulation be in attic?

How thick you apply spray foam insulation will depend on where it’s going to be applied, and whether you are using open cell or closed cell foam insulation. In general, for open cell spray foam insulation you should spray in about 6 inches of foam on the roof deck. With closed cell foam about 4 to 5 inches should be sprayed on the roof deck.

A Technician Insulates a Roof With Spray Foam.

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Whether you want to add insulation or replace it, if you want the best value you should consider installing spray foam insulation in Dallas, TX. For installation services schedule the experienced professionals at Foam Tech by calling 214.205.1200.


The Commercial Building Improvements You Can’t Afford to Miss

Contractor Completing Building Improvements

What Qualifies as Building Improvements?

Building improvements are defined as capital events that substantially extend the life of a building. These improvements may also increase the value of the building and are recorded as an addition of value to the existing building. This occurs if the expenditure meets the capitalization threshold. Simply put, a building improvement is an investment in the building that increases its value or extends its useful life. While building improvements can radically change the functionality or value of a property, a leasehold improvement is an investment in a property that is undertaken to profit a tenant. Examples of building improvements include installing a new roof, renovating a kitchen or common lobby, or improving the existing pipelines underneath a building.

Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings

Improvement for commercial buildings and energy efficiency are tied, hand-in-hand. A commercial energy audit identifies the places where buildings are using or losing significant energy. The best improvements to commercial buildings are the ones that are both cost-effective and beneficial for the long-term. One of the improvements that building owners may overlook is upgrading their plumbing. Plumbing tunneling should be considered if the pipes beneath the building are experiencing clogs or plumbing problems. Please consult the following list to preview a few simple ways to improve a commercial building.

  • Improve lighting. According to a leading study, installing better light fixtures in more areas is one of the most cost-effective and dramatic ways to enhance a space.
  • Replace doors. The doors of a building can add a uniquely appealing dimension to space. This approach is usually applied to multi-family buildings, but can also be used to great effect in upscale office buildings.
  • Updating appliances. One of the ways to both produce a positive improvement and increase the energy efficiency of a building is to update the appliances. Stainless steel refrigerators, microwaves, and dishwashers are considered more alluring than dated counterparts.
  • Roof coating. Responsibly applied roof coatings are one of the affordable ways for improvements to be made.

Leasehold Improvements Examples

Leasehold improvements are generally understood to be an improvement that is made to a leased building for the express purpose of benefitting the tenant. Leasehold improvements are commonly used in commercial real estate to retain a particular tenant or to appeal to a certain type of business. An example of a leasehold improvement is an architectural modification or replacement of a permanent fixture in the tenant’s space. Changes made to the ceilings, or updating the flooring and walls can be considered leasehold improvements. If an alteration is made for the benefit of multiple tenants in the building it is not a leasehold improvement.

Who Pays for Commercial Tenant Improvements?

Modifications or additions to commercial property to make it suitable for a tenant are a natural part of the leasing process. There are four ways that a landlord can go about paying for commercial leasehold improvements. The first way is a tenant improvement allowance. In this scenario, the landlord gives the tenant a specified allowance for the work needed. Another way is through rent discounts. This route is fairly straightforward, and utilizes free rent, or a rent discount, to the tenant, who will oversee the improvements. In the building standard allowance, or “build out” process, the landlord offers a package of improvements for every tenant. Each improvement not included in the standard build-out must be paid for by the tenant. Finally, the turn key is the final way to pay for improvements. The tenant must submit a design plan to the landlord, showing the improvements and cost estimates. In this scenario, the landlord pays for and oversees all the work.

Types of Leasehold Improvements

There are many different types of leasehold improvements. It is important to remember that particular leasehold improvements will have a wide range depending on who the tenant is. For example, a normal leasehold improvement in a retail space would be to partition a large, open space into smaller, more streamlined areas. This specifically designed space could be used for purposes such as for dressing rooms or cashier counters. Perhaps the installation of retail shelving is part of the equation. Replacing an old parquet floor with marble or tile is an example of a leasehold improvement. As long as the tenant and landlord equitably agree to terms that are firmly defined, the leasehold improvements are endless.

Commercial Building Depreciation

Owners of commercial real estate may not realize the full potential of tax deductions through depreciation. If you are an owner of a piece of commercial real estate, you can reduce your tax bill by depreciating the value of the property over a specific period of time. The internal revenue service depreciates residential rental buildings over 27.5 years. For retail and other commercial structures, the number is 39. What does this mean? It means that every year that a property owner owns a commercial or residential rental property, they deduct the depreciation from their income tax.

Do Building Improvements Qualify for Bonus Depreciation?

In the last several years, there have been some changes in the tax laws. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), bonus depreciation under Sec. 168(k) was dramatically modified to allow businesses to deduct 100% of the cost of the acceptable property when placed in service. It is subject to annual 20% phasedowns beginning in the year 2023. Congress may change this in the future, however at the time this article was written, this is the current law of the land.

What is the Difference Between Leasehold Improvements and Building Improvements?

There are some basic differences between leasehold improvements and building improvements. Leasehold improvements are all conducted within the parameters of the tenant’s space. They are designed to benefit the tenant. Building improvements occur outside of the tenant’s space – not exclusively, but with the provision that they are not for the sole benefit of the tenant. For example, if three kitchens on a floor are renovated for the benefit of different tenants, that would be considered a building improvement.

Building Improvements for Commercial Property

Building Improvements Depreciation

The internal revenue service requires commercial property owners to depreciate a building improvement over the same time frame that a building is depreciated. Usually, commercial real estate buildings have a 39-year-life, so it can take some measure of time to earn back the original investment. If it is at all possible to classify an improvement as a repair or as a leasehold improvement, more tax savings can be established sooner.

Your building improvements must be handled with professionalism. Our staff at Foam Tech are ready to assist. Please call us at 214.205.1200. Discover more about how building improvements in Dallas, TX can increase the value of your property.