Checking your home's insulating system is one of the fastest and most cost- efficient ways to use a whole-house approach to reduce energy waste and maximize your energy dollars. A good insulating system includes a combination of products and construction techniques that provide a home
with protection against air infiltration and moisture control . You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing your heating and cooling needs by up to 30% by investing just a few hundred dollars in proper insulation and weatherization products.
Adequately insulated homes save money for homeowner's every month. It helps us conserve vital energy resources for our children and for the future. Energy-efficient houses help the environment through lower rates of air pollution emissions from plant and on-site combustion of fuels for heating, air-conditioning and ventilation.
Polyurethane foam has the highest
R-value of any code approved, closed cell insulation. This seamless
building envelope seals your home to protect from air and moisture
infiltration and pest. Foam expands to fill cracks, and expands
around windows, sills and door frames. Polyurethane has superior
adhesion with high compressive strength helping to add greater shear
quality and structural integrity to your building.
Concrete filled Foam Block
of the best house construction methods is foam block concrete walls.
These houses are not only super energy efficient, but they are extremely
strong. The heavy insulation and concrete mass inside the walls block
outdoor noise. With the concrete core and tight sealing foam blocks,
the homes are very airtight. These homes look like any other. Your
architect will actually have more styling flexibility due to the strength.
Interior and exterior walls can be finished with drywall, paneling,
and siding, brick or stucco.
These are large, often four-foot-long, hollow foam blocks. They are
usually made of polystyrene insulating foam like a cooler. Once the
blocks are stacked up to create the wall, concrete is pumped in the
top to fill the hollow block cavities. You can expect your utility
bills to be about half those of a code stick-built house. This results
from the high insulation level and the efficiency benefits of the
high thermal mass of the concrete. The overall building cost is only
about three to five percent more than a lumber stick-built house.
Hardie Paneling and Siding
Your home should be as dependable as it is beautiful. That's why our siding offers the best of what vinyl and wood have to offer. James Hardie gives you lower maintenance over the life of your home, but it doesn't sacrifice the charm, beauty and character of natural wood. James Hardie siding won't rot or
crack and is resident to termites. It also resists damage from rain, hail and flying debris. It can even be installed to resist hurricane-force winds. And offers pre-finished siding in a variety of attractive colors with up to a 15-year finish warranty. Perhaps the ultimate peace of mind comes from the fact that James Hardie siding products are fire resistant, with a limited transferable product warranty for up to 50 years
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) are multi-layered exterior wall systems that are used on both commercial buildings and homes. They provide superior energy efficiency and offer much greater design flexibility than other cladding products.
Developed in Europe in the 1950s, EIFS were introduced in the U.S. almost 30 years ago. They were first used on commercial buildings, and later, on homes. Today, EIFS account for nearly 30% of the U.S. commercial exterior wall market. EIFS typically consist of the following components:
Insulation board, made of polystyrene or
polyisocyanurate foam, which is secured to the exterior wall surface
with a specially formulated adhesive and/or mechanical attachment.
A durable, water-resistant base coat, which
is applied on top of the insulation and reinforced with fiber glass
mesh for added strength
An attractive and durable finish coat
typically using acrylic co-polymer technology, which is both colorfast
By insulating outside
EIFS reduce air infiltration, stabilize the interior environment and
reduce energy consumption.
EIFS can reduce air infiltration by as much as 55% compared to standard brick or wood construction. What's more, EIFS add to the "R-value" of a home or building.
The rich appearance of EIFS bears a resemblance to stucco or stone, but the systems are far more versatile than these and other materials. Not only do EIFS come in virtually limitless colors and a wide variety of textures, but they also can be fashioned into virtually any shape or design.
Unlike wood, stucco and other siding materials, EIFS rarely need painting. Most EIFS systems are specially formulated with 100% acrylic binder, which gives EIFS superior resistance to fading, chalking and yellowing. As a result, the systems tend to maintain their original appearance over time. And since the color is integral to the finish coat, even if the surface is scratched, the same color appears beneath the abrasion.
The systems are designed to be very flexible, which makes them highly crack resistant. When walls expand or contract due to rising or falling temperatures, EIFS are resilient enough to "absorb" building movement and thus avoid the unsightly cracking problems that are so common with stucco, concrete and brick exteriors.
EIFS are among the most water-resistant exterior surfaces you can put on a house.
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)
Extra roofing protection for vulnerable areas. Use for valleys, eaves, flashings, hips, ridges and rakes, and around dormers and skylights.
Self-adhesive backing seals to the deck.
SBS-modified asphalt coating helps seal around nails for a watertight finish.
Can be used in new construction or in reroofing requiring a complete tear-off.
Helps extend the life of your roof.
Provides extra protection under any type of roofing: tile, wood shake, asphalt, slate or metal.
Fiberglass mat is stronger and provides better tear resistance than saturated felt.
Easy to install - even for do-it-yourselfers.
Skid resistant surface for better traction and safer application.
Modified Bitumen Roll Roofing
Side Wall Paneling
Wood Grain Siding