How much does insulation cost?

The cost of insulation varies and is determined by factors such as: Climate in your area, Type/style of home, Age of your home…

Insulation Cost at Delmarva Insulation

The cost of insulation varies and is determined by factors such as:

  • Climate in your area
  • Type/style of home
  • Age of your home
  • Whether existing insulation needs to be removed

Older homes are typically more expensive to insulate because they may not be insulated to current standards. Costs vary with the different types of insulation. It is important to choose the best insulation option for the area of the home you are insulating.

  • Fiberglass insulation is one of the least expensive insulation options. Fiberglass batts are easily installed in open walls, ceilings or other small space. Blown-in fiberglass insulation can be added to open attics or dense packed into closed areas like finished walls.
  • Spray foam insulation insulates and seals air leaks in one application. The cost of spray foam insulation is higher than the other choices but can save you money in energy costs.

Call Delmarva Insulation now to get an insulation estimate for your upcoming project!

What is spray foam insulation?

Spray foam insulation is created by two materials that react when mixed together. This reaction causes the materials to expand when sprayed…

Spray Foam Installation in Delaware

Spray foam insulation is created by two materials that react when mixed together. This reaction causes the materials to expand when sprayed into place. This expansion fits snugly into the space being insulated, giving it a high thermal insulating value with almost no infiltration of air. Spray foam insulation insulates and air seals in one step. It expands when applied to completely fill a space.

There are two types of spray foam insulation:

  1. Open cell spray foam is an insulator and air barrier. Its name comes from its porosity which allows air to fill the empty spaces. Open cell spray foam is vapor permeable, stops air infiltration and reduces sound transfer.
  2. Closed cell spray foam, also an insulator and air barrier, is denser than open cell spray foam. Because of its density, it has a higher R-value than open cell spray foam and can help with building stability during storms. Additionally, closed cell spray foam is more moisture resistant than open cell. Closed cell spray foam is commonly installed in crawl spaces where moisture content is higher.

Some benefits of spray foam insulation include more comfort inside your home, less air infiltration, durability and energy savings.

Call the experts at Delmarva Insulation to schedule your free estimate for spray foam installation.

What is R-value for insulation?

The R-value determines the insulation’s resistance to heat flow, also known as thermal resistance. The higher the R-value is, the greater the thermal…

R-value for insulation

The R-value determines the insulation’s resistance to heat flow, also known as thermal resistance. The higher the R-value is, the greater the thermal resistance of the insulation. R-value can vary by the type of insulation, insulation thickness and its density. For some insulation types, the R-value can be affected as the insulation ages or if it comes into contact with moisture.

The insulation material’s effectiveness when resisting heat flow is also dependent on where it is installed. For instance, the R-value of a ceiling or wall will vary from the R-value of the insulation itself due to heat flow through studs and joists.

The amount of R-value you may need for your home will depend on the climate in the area you live in, the area of your home you want to insulate and the type of your HVAC system.

Contact Delmarva Insulation with your questions about what type of insulation to install in your home.

How to identify asbestos insulation

Years ago, asbestos was used in almost everything including insulation. Asbestos insulation was installed in many homes built in the 1950s and 1960s. Asbestos was officially banned in 1989…

insulation containing asbestos

Years ago, asbestos was used in almost everything including insulation. Asbestos insulation was installed in many homes built in the 1950s and 1960s. Asbestos was officially banned in 1989 by the Environmental Protection Agency. If your home was built before 1989 there is a chance that it could have asbestos insulation.

Asbestos insulation can be found in two forms – a loose gray material or wrapped around the outside of pipes. Be sure to not come into direct contact with or breathe asbestos. If it is disturbed, asbestos can release microscopic fibers that can infiltrate your lungs. If you are examining your own insulation that may be asbestos, wear protective clothing, mask, safety goggles, gloves and a respirator.

To identify whether you have asbestos insulation, you will need to have it analyzed. Take a small sample and put it into a sealed container. Then send the sample to an EPA certified lab for analysis.

If the lab results determine that you do have asbestos, do not try to remedy yourself. Hire a professional to remove all asbestos so your home is safe to live in.

Commercial and Multifamily Insulation

As Delaware’s largest independent insulation contractor, Delmarva Insulation has the privilege of working on some of the largest multifamily and commercial insulation projects in the region.

Commercial and Multifamily Insulation
Multifamily Condominium with installed insulation

Insulation for Residential & Commercial

As Delaware’s largest independent insulation contractor, Delmarva Insulation has the privilege of working on some of the largest multifamily and commercial insulation projects in the region. Delmarva Insulation is the right choice to insulate commercial and multifamily projects across Delaware.

Benefits of using Delmarva Insulation:

  • We are licensed and insured. We are properly certified to handle commercial and multifamily insulation work.
  • We are experienced. We have experience working on a variety of high-profile multifamily and commercial insulation jobs. We can handle your project.
  • Our large installer base. We have the staff to handle your install in a timely fashion.

We recently completed work on a multifamily condominium insulation project in Lewes, Delaware. This 40,000 square foot project called for sealing air leaks with fire caulk to help control the spread of fire while also stopping air transfer. Our team applied fire caulk on all top plates and bottom plates, on all corridor and party walls, as well as on all penetrations.
After air sealing, fiberglass batts and blown-in fiberglass insulation were installed to reduce
heat transfer and achieve the proper R-value.

Commercial and Multifamily condominium
Commercial and Multifamily condominium with installed insulation by Delmarva Insulation

If you are looking to hire a company with extensive multifamily and commercial insulation experience, Delmarva Insulation is the right choice!

Contact Delmarva Insulation today for a quote

Do You Have Moisture Problems in Your Crawl Space?

Spring rain and winter thaw in the Delmarva Peninsula can uncover previously unnoticed problems in your crawl space. Improper drainage…

Crawl space before insulation

Crawl Space Insulation & Drainage

Spring rain and winter thaw in the Delmarva Peninsula can uncover previously unnoticed problems in your crawl space. Improper drainage can lead to more significant problems including structural damage, infiltration of pests and mold.

Moisture Control

Controlling the moisture in your crawl space is a priority in keeping it dry.

Moisture control begins around the exterior of your home and many problems can be avoided here early on. Installing gutters is fairly inexpensive compared to the benefits. Gutters direct the rain water away from the foundation and away from your crawl space. If you are unable to install gutters, hire a professional to grade the ground around your home so water flows away from the structure.

After external issues have been handled, closely inspect the inside of your crawl space. Dirt floors should usually be sealed with a material such as polyethylene because, even if they look dry, they can discharge moisture into your crawl space.

Take care of your crawl space issues now before they create a larger problem with your foundation or your health.

SPRING IS HERE! CHECK YOUR CRAWL SPACE

Spring is coming! That means more sunny days and warmer temperatures. It also means winter melting and spring showers.

Spring is here! That means more sun and warmer days. It also means melting snow and spring showers. Make sure your crawl space is in proper condition to help keep water out and maintain the structural integrity of your home.

When preparing your home for spring, keep these things in mind when checking your crawl space:

INSULATION
By properly insulating and conditioning your crawl space, you can help the floors in your home maintain a constant temperature. If you decide to insulate your crawl space, consider spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulates and seals cracks and any other penetration points in one application. If you decide to completely seal your crawl space (also known as a conditioned crawl space) you could add storage space to the square footage of your home.

CRACKS
It is common for cracks to form in the walls of a crawl space. You can assist in keeping water and pests out of your crawl space by sealing these points. Spray foam can help by insulating and air sealing in one step.

DRAINAGE
Keep water out of your crawl space by moving it away from your foundation. By ensuring that water can drain away from your home, it will not enter your crawl space looking for maid service. If water pools around your home, consider contacting a professional to address issues with grading around your home.

Spring showers and winter melting are here! Now is the time to examine your crawl space. Contact our office to schedule a free estimate. Have other crawl space or insulation questions? Give us a call!

Attic Insulation Options: Good, Better and Best

When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky,…

When it comes to home insulation, the first area that comes to mind is the attic. Airflow in buildings moves from ground to sky, naturally pulling conditioned indoor air up and out of a structure. Proper attic insulation helps keep conditioned air inside your home and helps keep your home comfortable. To help you choose the best attic insulation option for your new home, we’ve rated three popular methods:

Good: Blown-in Fiberglass
Adding blown-in fiberglass insulation to a new attic is a quick and easy way to increase R-value. This basic method of attic insulation is a cost effective option.

Better: Blown-in Fiberglass with Air Sealing
Insulating and sealing air leaks dramatically improve the energy efficiency of a new home. The first step is to seal penetration points around the attic floor. After air sealing is complete, a blanket of blown-in fiberglass insulation is installed. This method helps keep conditioned air inside the home and adds R-value.

Best: Spray Foam Insulation
Installing spray foam insulation in the attic of a new home provides optimal energy protection. Spray foam is installed along the roofline to create a thermal barrier along the attic ceiling and seal any air leaks. This application provides the best energy benefits available in one easy step.

Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month visit this website cccleanindiana.com. Wondering which insulation method is right for your new home project? Have questions on one of the methods or other insulation options for a new home? Contact our office today!

Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes

It is well known that our area of the country has been facing cold temperatures! We have been inundated with phone calls…

Tips to Prevent Freezing Pipes by Delmarva InsulationIt is well known that our area of the country has been facing cold temperatures! We have been inundated with phone calls from builders and homeowners who are dealing with frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are an inconvenience and can cause serious damage. When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, water volume in the pipe can expand up to 10%. This causes increased pressure on water pipes and valves, and can cause pipes to burst.

It is important to protect pipes from exposure to cold temperatures. Here are three ways to protect pipes from freezing:

  1. Add insulation to walls that are affected by water pipes. This can include the addition of dense packed fiberglass, spray foam or injection foam insulation to external walls.
  2. Cover exposed pipes in attics or crawl spaces. Foam insulation can protect water pipes from cold temperatures, and it is water resistant which makes it ideal for use on water pipes.
  3. Seal gaps around basement rim joists or seal your crawl space. This will assist in keeping cold air away from pipes. It will also help the main floor of your home retain an ambient temperature.

If your home has frozen water pipes or you want to prevent future damage, contact our office to schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was the strongest storm to make landfall in the Texas Coastal Bend area since Hurricane Carla in September 1961. The flooding resulting from Harvey’s flooding is one of the worst weather disasters in U.S. history. It’s estimated the storm damage will amount to up to 1000 billions of dollars.

Even though Hurricane Harvey is off the front page of daily news, there’s no doubt the impact of this storm is far from over. The real heavy lifting of recovery and reconstruction is underway, and will continue for quite some time.

With many connections to the Houston area, the founders of Delmarva Insulation and its affiliated companies have been moved to assist. To this end, Delmarva Insulation along with Delmarva Spray Foam, DeVere Insulation, DeVere Insulation Home Performance, Foam InSEALators, Liberty Insulation, Southland Insulators and The Fifth Fuel have donated $28,000 to help with recovery efforts, learn this here now.

Bob and Carolyn DeVere along with Jerry and Nancy Palmer have selected two Texas charities to receive these funds – Samaritan’s Purse and Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries. Each organization received $14,000 to aid in their mission of helping local families recover from this tragedy.

We are proud to support our local communities and support others during times of tragedy. If you are moved, we encourage you to donate to one of these Houston-based organizations to help with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.