Archives: Insulation

DOW Announces Game Changer for Foam Board Fire Safety

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation

Dow Announces Development of a new Polymeric Flame Retardant Technology for Polystyrene Foam Building Insulation Products Today I received a very interesting and exciting press release from the folks at DOW. They are developing a fire retardant for XPS and EPS Foam Insulation Products. This is likely to have a huge impact on the building…

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DIY Basement Insulation Video

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Insulation

Insulating Basement Walls with XPS Foam Board Insulation I’ve written quite a few articles about basement insulation and showing folks how to use foam board products instead of fiberglass. I recently made a quick video highlighting the approach on using XPS Foam Board Insulation to insulate basement walls. The video talks about insulating the rim…

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Rim Joist Insulation – Insulating Options

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation

How To Insulate Rim Joists We’ve written a number of articles on insulating basements including; insulating basement walls, insulating basement floors and basement insulation options. In this article I want to focus on rim joist insulation and the options that are available. Rim Joist Spray Foam Spray foam insulation is the best way to insulate…

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How To Build Attic Stair Cover | Big Energy Savings

By Todd Fratzel on Energy Conservation, Insulation

Attic Stair Cover Insulated attic stair covers can reduce your heating and cooling energy consumption drastically. If you have an attic access hatch or a set of pull down attic stairs chances are good that you also have a tremendous amount of heat loss through that opening. We all know that heat rises and we…

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Certainteed BIBS Insulation System

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation

Blow-In-Blanket® System with OPTIMA® Fiber Glass Insulation Recently I had the pleasure of trying a new insulation system on one of our projects. We’re using the Blow-In-Blanket System with OPTIMA Fiber Glass Wall Insulation by Certainteed for a major addition to a private school. Blown In Wall Insulation We’ve been using more and more blown…

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DIY Foam Insulation

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation

DIY Foam Insulation for Basements Basement Insulation is one of the toughest things to accomplish correctly for a reasonable price. The best approach for insulating basements is having a professional install spray foam. However, it can be quite expensive and it’s a project best left to professionals which flies in the face of many of…

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Open Cell Vs Closed Cell Foam Insulation

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation

Open Cell Vs Closed Cell Foam It seems quite a few readers have questions about the difference between open cell and closed cell foam insulation.Understanding the difference between open cell and closed cell foam insulation is the most important step in determining which product is best for your next insulation project. Foam Insulation Porosity –…

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Prevent Mold Growth Under Fiberglass Insulation

By Todd Fratzel on Basements, Insulation

Missing Vapor Barrier Leads To Mold Growth Quite often we get emails from folks asking why their walk-out basement walls have mold growing on the inside of the exterior wall sheathing. Some folks even find frost under the fiberglass insulation on extremely cold days. The following is such an example and why this has happened.…

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