When it comes to superior wall insulation in Rockford, IL, there’s only one place to go to: Comfort 1st Insulation. We prioritize high-quality residential insulation services for any residential property.
Our team conducts professional commercial and residential insulation installation and removal, energy assessments, attic restoration, ice dam control, and fresh air ventilation systems. There’s no project too big or too small for us to handle. Not only does professional insulation keep warm air inside the commercial building and cold air out, but it also saves you a lot of money from high utility bills.
Just like any other part of your home, attic insulation requires special attention. Animals leave waste and odors that lead to the deterioration of the insulation in the attic. The odors alone can increase the activity of pests and other unwanted wildlife, offering the perfect opportunity to take advantage of our professional insulation services in Rockford, IL.
Restoring your attic to its original (or better) condition means a more comfortable and energy efficient home. We seal gaps, replace insulation, utilize or upgrade existing attic ventilation, and ensure the removal of other unwanted material or pests.
Garage insulation is a popular choice among people here in the Midwest for several reasons. Firstly, having insulation in your garage means that it will stay much warmer during the cold winter months here in Illinois.
Having an insulated garage year-round gives you more time to enjoy your home comfortably. Secondly, insulation in your garage can help prevent pipes and shared ceilings from bursting and becoming damaged. During the cold winter months, if you have insulation covering your exposed water lines in your garage, they are much less likely to experience issues when it gets colder.
Third, insulation can help prevent carbon monoxide from seeping into your home’s main space. Automobiles give off carbon monoxide as they run and can pose a potential threat to the safety of your home and family. Having a well-insulated garage can help keep unwanted gases within the garage and out of your house.
Retrofit insulation is the process of adding insulation to an already insulated building when the existing insulation has lost it’s R-Value or effective insulating properties. Insulation is inserted into the walls through small holes drilled one yard above the floor and one foot below the ceiling. An insulation blower machine or spray foam machine is used to fill the walls with spray foam or any type of loose fill material such as rockwool, fiberglass, cellulose or denim.
After the walls have been retrofitted with insulation, a small plastic cap is inserted into the hole and the area is skim coated and repainted to match the wall. Exterior walls of the home may be filled by removing pieces of the siding and then covering the area.
Spray injection foam provides an air seal and may be able to reach parts of the inside wall unreachable by a loose-fill blow-in product. Spray foam is higher in cost due to it’s special capabilities which may not be the best option for a home owner on a budget. However, a fiberglass loose-fill is a very affordable product and can offer comfort, moisture control and sound dampening at a much lower cost.
Contact our team of trained certified technicians for a free assessment and quote. We can go over price options with you and make a plan to fit your budget.
If the insulation within your home has been improperly installed, damaged, or lacks efficiency, we will give you the option to allow us to remove it. Many homeowners prefer to start fresh after damages from leaking, disasters, or even existing poor insulation.
Rim Joist Insulation
Joists are the main elements that create the frame of a home’s ceiling and floor. Generally, ceiling and floor joists are built out of engineered or 2x lumber. The joists are placed about 16 inches on center apart. The wood that wraps around the edge of the floor framing is called the rim joist or band joist. Looking at the outside of a home as it is being framed, the rim joist is the solid band of lumber spanning along the side of the floor frame.
The main purpose of a rim joist is to give stability and strength to the other floor joists. Floor joists are held into the rim joists by nails which prevent the boards from falling over to the side and tie the flooring system together. The rim joists keep the floor joists upright and level.
Many homes are improperly insulated on the rim joists, allowing cold air around the foundation to easily enter the home. Insulating rim joists prevents drafts, cold temperatures, moisture, mold, pests and structural damages.
When a home has uninsulated rim joists, the only layer between the interior and exterior of the home is the housewrap, sheathing (which is only about 1/2 in – 3/4 in thick) and the siding. Rim joists are considered above grade and should be insulated to a minimum of R-20 in climate zones 5-8 and a minimum of R-13 in climate zones 1-4. Rim joist insulation is now required by most current building codes.
Pole Barn Insulation
When insulating a pole barn, many products are available, each of which offer special attributes and qualities. Depending on the section of the pole barn being insulated and whether or not the walls are going to be finished over top of the insulation, can help determine which product is best for the project.
Contact Comfort 1st Insulation’s certified technicians for a free assessment and evaluate the optimal insulation products and procedures for your pole barn.
Insulating your pole barn is an important step in making the building comfortable and energy efficient. There are several sections of a pole barn that should be insulated, including the walls and roof. Insulating these areas can help reduce energy costs, improve air quality, and increase the livability of the space.
Insulating the walls and roof of a pole barn establishes a more comfortable and energy efficient building. The best types of insulation for these areas are fiberglass batt insulation, and spray foam insulation. Each type of insulation has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to consider all of your options before making a decision.
Basement insulation is important to install as it prevents pests, blocks drafts, creates warmer floors in winter, lowers utility payments and creates a steady temperature year round.
An uninsulated basement lets in moisture, mold, cold energy, drafts, pests and mildew. Once the basement is properly insulated, cold temperatures are blocked from ever entering the the structure, which creates a comfortable living environment from the ground floor up.
Basement insulation has many benefits such as creating warmer home temperatures, reducing moisture, and blocking out pests. Insulated basements also provide warmer floors in the winter and cooler floors in the summer.
An insulated basement prevents health problems caused from mold, moisture and mildew. Insulation stops mold growth by sealing any cracks or holes in the structure in which moisture could seep through.
Once insulated, the basement helps maintain a stable consistent home temperature year round. Also, an insulated basement can be used for storage, another bedroom, an office or workout room. Basement insulation improved property value and makes the home more appealing to potential buyers.
Crawl Space Insulation
The crawl space is one of the most forgotten places in your home, although it holds many important components. Plumbing, electrical lines, and vents are all found in your crawl space. But what else is lurking in there? Open and untreated crawl spaces can breed mold, odors, and gases that seep into your living environment. As much as half of the air that we breathe in our home comes from below grade, making it crucial that this area stays dry and safe.
A poorly insulated crawl space is also to blame for cold floors in the winter. Cold air can infiltrate your home through vents, foundation walls, and gaps or cracks in your crawl space foundation.
Insulating the walls of your crawl space and closing it off from the elements by sealing all air leaks is the key to conserving energy, keeping out moisture, and protecting plumbing pipes and HVAC ducts from freezing temperatures. In addition to air sealing and insulating, a vapor barrier covering the ground will keep your crawlspace dry. A vapor barrier is a thin layer of impermeable material used in construction to prevent moisture from damaging a building. Comfort 1st Insulation can help you understand why your home’s performance may be declining or low by performing a Home Energy Assessment. If you think you don’t need it or want to know more, we’ve listed the Top 8 Benefits of Receiving the Home Energy Assessment to keep you informed.
Mobile Home Insulation
The walls of a mobile home are incredibly thin, allowing hot or cold temperatures to become easily transferred between the inside and outside of the home. Adding insulation to a mobile home increases comfort, keeps cooler temperatures in summer, warmer temperatures in winter, prevents mold or mildew, reduces moisture and blocks out pests.
Insulating the crawlspace of a mobile home prevents frozen pipes, keeps floors warmer and prevents cool drafts from entering the home. Most importantly, insulating the attic prevents warm air from rising up and escaping during winter, keeping the interior feeling cozy and preventing the HVAC from overworking.
The walls of mobile homes can be retrofitted with loose-fill blown-in insulation or injection foam. The attic, crawlspace and skirting may be insulated with batts and rolls. New construction walls may be insulated with batts and rolls as well.
Multifamily Building Insulation
Comfort 1st Insulation provides expert multifamily building insulation services for new construction and retrofits existing buildings. Choosing to insulate a multifamily building is an important decision that improves the welfare and comfort of the tenants as well as lowering their energy payments.
Multifamily insulation provides sound control which is extremely important for the peace of tenants. A tenant may move out or stop paying rent if their unit is too noisy, which makes proper insulation absolutely essential.
Insulation is also one of the best ways to keep out moisture, mold, drafts, and pests. Any holes or cracks in the walls are covered and blocked by the insulation which improves the health of tenants and keeps out pollutants and pests.
Finally, multifamily insulation protects the owner’s investment. By adding adequate insulation, the building is protected from any structural damages that can result from moisture, pests, or mold.
Multifamily building insulation keeps tenants comfortable, reduces energy payments, muffles noises, increases comfort and prevents pests. Insulation improves property value and increases the quality of the rental units.
Insulating a multifamily building protects the investment, as insulation prevents mold and moisture, which cause structural damage.
Most importantly, insulation keeps tenants healthy by preventing airborne pollutants, drafts, mold and mildew, which could lead to health issues. The happier the tenants, the more likely they are going to continue to rent and even refer friends or family to the multifamily building complex.