Monday, March 13, 2017

Looking to upgrade your home with energy-efficient features? These five ideas will contribute to energy savings in your home.

#1 Exterior Doors   
Choosing the right exterior door for a home should be a carefully thought-out decision. When choosing a door for your home, first consider the doors' energy-performance ratings. This rating scores how well each door preserves the energy in your home by trapping heat or cool air inside.

#2 Insulation  
Insulating and air sealing your existing home is the number one way to reduce energy bills, save money, and reduce your home's carbon footprint. We have the tools (spray foam insulation, air sealing, and crawl space insulation to name a few) to make your home more energy efficient and more comfortable and keep your energy dollars from going out the window.

#3 Exterior Colors
The color of your home can greatly contribute to the heat inside it. A light exterior will help the home stay cooler, while a darker color will better maintain heat.

#4 Cool Roofs
Cool roofs are designed to reflect sunlight and lower roofing temperatures. Cool roofs are made from a type of reflective material within roofing materials such as tiles, shingles, paint or other substances. This energy-saving technique is ideal for houses in warm climates where air conditioning costs are high all year around.

#5 Flooring
The type of flooring you choose to place in your home can also save energy and money. Carpet traps heat and keeps your home warmer during the cold winter months. Choosing the right flooring for your home is an inexpensive way to save on climate-control costs.

Contact Us today for a free in-home estimate to make sure your insulation is doing it's job!

What’s this “R” thing all about when it comes to insulation? The "R" in R-value measures an insulation product’s resistance to heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater resistance to heat flow and better thermal performance of the insulation.

R-value is important in determining how much insulation is needed in each area of your home (see our chart below). Depending on the area of your home you’re insulating (walls, crawl space, attic, etc.), different R-values are necessary.
Did you know R-value isn’t the most important factor when it comes to heat loss? More important than the R-value of the insulation in your attic, crawl space and walls is the air escaping in those areas through tiny (or sometimes not-so-tiny) penetration points.

Conditioned air (that you are paying to treat) is leaking out of your house from places like under your bathtub where a plumber cut a large hole for the pipes, where wood floor trusses of your house rest on the concrete blocks of your foundation, and an often repeat-offender is around recessed lighting.

If losing heated (or cooled) air isn't bad enough, the escaped air is replaced by unconditioned air from the outside of your house. That means more work for or air conditioner or furnace to bring your house back to your desired temperature. This is where power of spray foam insulation comes in. With this one product, your home is insulated and air sealed. It's a one-two punch in energy efficiency and lower heating and cooling bills for you. Check out this insulation chart to compare R-values across products.

Sound good? Give us a call and we can help with your project.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Spring means warmer weather and sunny days ahead. It’s also the time for winter melting and showers. Having your crawl space in proper condition will help keep water out of your crawl and help maintain the structural integrity of your home.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when checking out your crawl space:

One key to keeping water out of your crawl space is to move water away from your foundation. Making sure water properly drains away from your home will give water somewhere to go, rather than having it find a path of its own – into your crawl space.

It’s very common for cracks to form on the walls of a crawl space. Sealing these points will help water and pests out of your crawl space.


Insulating and conditioning your crawl space helps maintain the temperature of the floors in your home. It also creates additional storage under your home, increasing your home’s usable space. Spray foam insulation is a great product for insulating crawl spaces – in one application it insulates and seals cracks and other penetration points.

With spring moisture on the way, now’s the time to check out your crawl space. Contact our office for your free estimate. Have other crawl space or insulation questions? Give us a call!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Air sealing is the process of reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of a home. It is an important step to reduce energy costs, reduce drafts and cold spots, help to keep out pests and allergens, and increase the overall air quality in your home.

Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. For years, it was believed that air leaks created proper home ventilation. Today’s building science proves this isn’t the case. Uncontrolled air leaks can cause too much or too little air to enter or leave the home. Either situation can result in poor indoor air quality.

Although air sealing is a very important part of home energy efficiency, it doesn’t eliminate the need for proper insulation. Foam insulation is a perfect solution to both insulate and seal air leaks.

Foam insulation expands when applied and completely fills a cavity. The product is applied as a liquid and expands to 100 times its volume. This means that the product fills cracks and crevices in a cavity, and expands to seal these gaps. With one application, your home is insulated and air sealed!

Interested in learning more about spray foam and getting an estimate for your next project? Contact us today and learn more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Protecting your crop or livestock from the elements and pests is an important part of any agricultural business. Properly insulating your agricultural building can mean the difference between profit and loss.

Delmarva Spray Foam has vast experience installing spray foam insulation in a variety of agricultural buildings, including poultry houses.

We recommend installing Quik-Shield 180 from SWD Urethane in poultry houses. Why?
  • It’s properties help increase the building strength in addition to insulating and sealing air leaks.
  • The product is beetle-resistant, which helps minimize pest infiltration.
  • It is “peck proof” to help prevent damage to the installed product and maintain its integrity.
  • It is manufactured in dark colors to help create dark living space, which has been show to increase poultry growth rate.
Are you looking to add insulation to your poultry house, or upgrade your current insulation? Contact us for a free estimate.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Existing homes can lose up to 35% of its energy efficiency through poorly insulated walls. This not only affects your home’s energy efficiency, it affects your home’s comfort.

Most homeowners don’t know foam insulation can be added to the exterior walls of their existing home. Where historically spray foam insulation could only be applied in open cavities like open walls or attics, today’s injection foam can be added to exterior walls of existing home. This means older or existing homes can benefit from the air sealing and insulating benefits of foam insulation!

Handi-Fill Wall Seal was specifically designed to safely and completely fill closed wall cavities to insulate and stop air leaks. During product application, Handi-Fill Wall Seal in injected into the cavity through a small hole.

To ensure the cavity is not over filled and the injection foam is properly filling the entire space, an infrared scan is performed during installation to show the installer how the foam is going in place. This allows the installer to adjust the volume of foam that’s being applied to ensure the cavity is properly filled.

Injection foam can be installed in spaces as small as 1/2 inch at an R-value of 3.4 per inch. Handi-Fill Wall Seal will not settle or shrink over time like some insulation materials. This ensures a true air seal preventing air movement and uncomfortable drafts.
Contact us to learn if Injection Foam is a solution for your home, or  click here to download the Handi-Fill Wall Seal brochure.

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