Insulation and Windows

Insulation and Windows

Comments from Customer

"I recommend Kurt to anyone. He went above and beyond. Excellent free diagnosis of our problem and great workmanship and products."

Dave S.

Comments form Kurt

Insulation and ventilation are keys for winter living in Michigan. The diagram shows how poor designs can lead to the creation of ice-damming which can severely water-damage a home.

Our customer came to us for window replacement. Their heating bill was far too high. Upon arriving at their home, I could tell that windows were only part of the problem. The frozen waterfall in front of the home could not be plainer. I ran an infra-red inspection of their home to show the homeowner insulating problems between floors and behind knee-walls.

I gave instruction for the homeowner to solve these problems themselves. They did so effectively and economically. We love this business.

They love their new Polaris Ultra-weld windows and are saving a bunch of energy dollars.

Kurt

Concrete Block Insulation

Concrete Block Insulation

Comments from Customer

"You solved my problem and made it look so easy. I guess you have done this before. I will recommend you to everyone."


Mary V.

Comments from Kurt

"Some walls are impossible to insulate." That is what our homeowner was told.

These walls are constructed as follows -- exterior concrete block for structure. Then 2x4 framing with tongue-and-groove knotty pine interior.

With nothing but air space, these walls are cold in winter.

We have used many types of insulating materials in the past: Cellulose, Fiberglass, Poly, Air Krete; and we prefer the product Retro-foam. It is the most "green" of all the foam products and has the finest insulating characteristics. We use this in walls, closed spaces, attics, concrete block, between floors, and cathedral ceilings.

As you can see from the block-fill pictures, the foam will find its way into all of the cracks (where previously air had entered the home). To finish a block fill, we clean the wall and mortar our drilled holes.

The interior fill required some carpentry. To fill a wall such as this, a larger hole must be drilled in order to ensure complete success. We snapped a line, drilled, filled, stained some bigger trim and custom fit it for the room.

Taking into consideration the limited efficiency of the concrete surrounding our foam and the bridge conduction of framing members of the wall, the new estimated insulation rating of the entire wall space exceeds R-35 (with little to no air infiltration).

We love it when we can make an old home outperform a new one. Pay attention builders.

Insulation and Ventilation

Before

Before

The attic was given an insulated boost with Retrofoam while maintaining its own ventilation.

After

After

Knee wall storage areas were converted from simply storage, to insulated/ventilated storage.

A "cold" deck provides an isolated air exchange system under the roof deck from the ventilated drip edge to the ridge vent.

Comments from Customer

"This was the solution we were looking for. The crews were great and Kurt gave us a wonderful design."

Margie F.

Comments from Kurt

This project was undertaken to solve the problem that 1 1/2 story houses have with insulating, ventilating, overheating in summer and icing in winter. The gable drip edge flashing is in crown-molding fashion giving it the necessary coverage for a cold deck but adding a beautiful historical quality as well.

Crawl Space Encapsulation

Before

Before

After

After

Comments from Customer

"I had Kurt out for a window quote. He installed for me, great windows, but also solved the dreaded crawl space problem.

Goodbye mice, and winter cooled floors!"

Margaret E.