Builders and homeowners trust the experience, knowledge and performance of SRI from planning through construction. Our 25+ year commitment to serving customers in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, and South Carolina set us apart. Here are some additional resources to help you make the right decision when choosing your next installation partner.
Why invest in insulation?
With so many ways homeowners can spend money on their home, why should you invest in the best insulation system for your home and its air sealing benefits? Here are just a few reasons:
1. Insulation and air sealing are key components of any green building program.
2. The cheapest energy is the energy that isn’t used. By properly insulating and air sealing, you are keeping energy you have already paid for in your home.
3. A leaky home is not the same as a properly ventilated home. Ventilation is fresh air that enters a house in a controlled manner to exhaust excess moisture and reduce odors and stuffiness. Air leakage, or infiltration, is outside air that enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Relying on air leakage for ventilation can result in too much or too little air entering the home.
4. Is your home built on a crawl space? A leaky house with a moldy, dusty, or pest-occupied crawl space might allow that air to move up into your home which brings those contaminants with it, into the air you breathe.
5. Proper insulation and air sealing reduces energy use and annual energy bills (up to 10% of a home’s total utilities)
6. Reducing your home’s heating and cooling reduces the wear and tear on your HVAC system.
Already have gutters?
Here are five signs it may be time to replace your gutters:
1. Cracks – If you have visible cracks in your gutter there may be smaller ones as well allowing for water to flow wherever instead of properly through the gutter. This can lead to washed out landscaping, pooling water around your foundation, and damage to your siding. This completely defeats the purpose of your gutter. If you see cracks it may be time for a gutter repair or replacement.
2. Broken Seams – Broken seams can have similar effects as cracks in your gutter. Broken seams will allow for the water to flow to undesirable locations leading to ineffective gutter which can cause damage to your home.
3. Peeling Paint – Are you seeing peeling or bubbling paint on the exterior of your home? This could be caused by excess moisture. If you see this on multiple areas of your homes exterior check the gutter, it may be a sign it is time for gutter replacement.
4. Rot and Mildew – If you have mildew or moisture problems in your basement or crawlspace, malfunctioning gutters may be to blame. Water accumulation near your foundation seeps into the ground and potentially into your basement or crawl space. If that is already the case, it is time to inspect your gutters for damage and possibly consider replacement.
5. Maintenance – Tired of cleaning your gutters year after year? Cleaning out your clogged gutters is important for maintaining the life of your gutter. If you are tired of the yearly hassle of cleaning out your gutters call us for a gutter clean out or for information on adding leaf guard to your gutter system.
Problems With Your Crawl Space?
Poor Air Quality – This issue can cause health issues in your family. If there is any type of mold or pollutant in your crawl space it can affect the air quality in your home. If your family is having breathing issues or really bad allergies you may want to check and see if there is any mold or anything else in the crawl space that might be causing the health issues.
Critters – Unfortunately, crawl spaces can be the perfect home for unwanted guests. They will move in for the following reason; Crawl spaces are damp and can be the ideal living situation for pests. Crawl spaces that have any leaking heating ducts attract different pests during cold months. If there is any wet or damp wood it can provide a food source for termites and other wood eating insects. Properly air sealing and insulating your crawl space can prevent any unwanted guests intruding your home.
Lost Energy Dollars – If the integrity of your home’s structure and indoor air quality aren’t enough to convince you to insulate and air seal your crawl space, consider what it’s costing you not to. An unfinished crawl space affects your monthly energy bills. An unsealed crawl space can lead to:
– Cold floors in the winter
– Uneven temperature between rooms
– High heating and cooling bills