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Monday, May 22, 2017
Honoring Veterans – Memorial Day and Year ‘Round

Honoring Veterans – Memorial Day and Year ‘Round

At Southland Insulators, it has always been our goal to give back to our military community. With Memorial Day upon us, we humbly thank the brave souls and their families who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Over the years we have been provided several opportunities to give back to current and former military members. These contributions have ranged from labor and material donations to building projects, to providing an Action Track Chair to a wounded veteran.  We would like to thank the following organizations for the opportunity to donate to their causes over the years.

We would also like to thank our vendor partners for their additional support, including Icynene, Johns Manville, and CertainTeed Saint-Gobain.

The story of American sacrifice continues each day, allowing each of us to live free in this country. This Memorial Day we wish you an enjoyable time with family and friends. We also hope you take time to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday.

From everyone at Southland Insulators, Happy Memorial Day!
God Bless the United States of America!

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Asthma Sufferers: Air Sealing Can Help

Asthma Sufferers: Air Sealing Can Help

Do you or a family member suffer from asthma or asthma-related attacks? It’s estimated that 26 million Americans are affected by asthma or asthma-related conditions.

Research shows asthma attacks are directly linked to air quality. The lungs of asthma sufferers are extra sensitive to triggers like pollen, dust, mold, chemicals in the air, and more. The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that the average person receives 72 percent of their exposure to poor air quality in their own home. When considering the significant amount of time we spend indoors, indoor air quality becomes even more important for those with breathing issues (and for everyone).

Air sealing your home can help improve indoor air quality. Air sealing keeps outside pollutants out of the home. This allows indoor air to be controlled and properly ventilated to help reduce asthma triggers inside your home.

Spray foam insulation is a great option to both insulate and seal air leaks. Spray foam provides an exceptional air seal, works as a thermal barrier (insulator) and helps control moisture issues. This improved air-tightness provides better control of indoor humidity, which reduces mold inside the home.

Have questions about your home’s indoor air quality? Contact our office to learn more.

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Monday, May 8, 2017
Why Spray Foam?

Why Spray Foam?

If you’re not familiar with the benefits of spray foam insulation, we’re here to help! Like other insulation products such as fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation, spray foam insulation reduces heat transfer between spaces in a home. Spray foam insulation goes one step further, sealing air leaks to prevent conditioned air from escaping.

Why does this matter?

Air leaks exist around the building envelope - the outer most layer of the home (exterior walls, rooflines, etc.). Air leaks through penetration points that that are found around recessed lights, plumbing stacks, electrical wires, attic hatches/doors, around chimneys and more. Sealing air leaks keeps conditioned air inside your home. When these are sealed conditioned air you’ve already paid for stays in your home. This results in your HVAC system working less, which keeps money in your pocket.

When installing spray foam insulation, the building cavity is insulated and air sealed in one pass. This means one installation provides thermal barrier and seals penetration points. Air sealing can be performed in combination with other types of insulation, requiring additional labor on the project. If not applied precisely, this air sealing won’t have the desired effect. With one spray foam application, you are assured air leaks are completely sealed.

Have other questions about spray foam? Contact our office today!

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Monday, May 1, 2017
Windows or Insulation? Read This First!

Windows or Insulation? Read This First!

When considering home upgrades, many homeowners consider two projects: insulation or windows. There are many conflicting messages about which is the best investment. Before you get out your wallet, read below so you can make the best choice for your home.

One factor in saving energy is sealing the building shell – the outer most part of your home including walls, roofline and attic, etc. Sealing the building shell will keep conditioned air inside the home will keep energy costs in line and make your home more comfortable. Windows comprise a small portion of the shell of your home and won’t provide the same energy benefits as air sealing and insulating.

Another factor in saving energy and considering insulation versus window is your home’s natural airflow. Air inside a home naturally flows from ground to sky. A home loses 70% of energy through the attic and roof – far more than is lost through windows or doors.

A final factor in saving energy is r-value. R-value is a measure of the amount of heat flow a product resists. The higher the r-value, the better it reduces heat transfer. The r-value of windows can vary based on the number of panes, air space between panes, etc. and can be around 1.5 to 2. Upgrading attic insulation to current code results in an R-38. Add this r-value with the prior data about heat flow in a home and it’s easy to see how a fresh blanket of insulation is a great investment.

When looking at bottom line, the choice is clear. According to Home Advisor the average cost to upgrade windows in our area is $5,372. The same report shows the average cost to upgrade fiberglass insulation in our area (before air sealing) is $1,511.

Ready to add insulation to your attic? Contact us to schedule your free estimate.

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Friday, April 21, 2017
America's Green Insulator Reaches Major Milestone in 2016!

America's Green Insulator Reaches Major Milestone in 2016!

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When you think of the construction industry, what is one thing that comes to mind? If its garbage and construction scrap, you are not alone. According to the EPA, renovation of existing structures and keeping them up to date generates over 40 percent of total construction and demolition debris. Combine renovation waste with the debris from new construction and the volume continues to rise.

In 1998 our leaders instituted a recycling program - far before  "going green" was popular. The goal of the program was to dramatically reduce the waste generated through insulation projects. 

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Our extensive recycling program includes:
  • Our team bringing back all trash and scraps from jobs they install, rather than filling a dumpster at the project location. 
  • Fiberglass insulation pieces are separated from other scrap. These pieces are ground up to make blowing wool for installation in attics.
  • Cardboard is separated and compacted for recycling.
  • Through our partnership with Rewall, the plastic bags from our batt and blow-in fiberglass insulation is recycled into interior wallboard.
  • The 50-gallon steel drums from their foam division is dripped dry and crushed to six inches high and recycled as scrap steel.
  • All wood pallets received from various manufacturers are returned to Greenfiber, a cellulose insulation manufacturer, to reload their product on for future deliveries.
  • We regularly deliver loads of 5,000 to 8,000 pounds of plastic from insulation packaging to recycling centers rather than to landfills.
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We are thrilled at the results we've seen from these efforts - and the huge milestone we are about to reach! In 2016 we are approaching 1 million pounds of plastic that has been sent to recycling - that's 1 million pounds of plastic kept out of landfills! 

Interested in seeing this first hand? We welcome the public to visit our location to learn more about our recycling program. To schedule a tour, please call during normal business hours.

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Considering home improvements? Insulation rates the highest in ROI.

Considering home improvements? Insulation rates the highest in ROI.

For the second year in a row, Remodeling Magazine ranked “adding attic insulation” as the top “bang for the buck” home improvement project. The report included the 29 top remodeling projects done in a home, ranking average cost against return on investment during resale.

The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report shows adding attic insulation delivers over a 100% return on investment – the only home project that returns more than the project cost. The second-place return on investment project, replacing a front entry door, came in at just over 90% return on investment.

Visit Remodeling Magazine’s report for more information and to see how other projects rank.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Supporting our Veterans - an Update

Supporting our Veterans - an Update

This year, Southland Insulators is proud to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. In lieu of a large celebration, we decided to make two special donations back to the community.

Our team made a donation to The Independence Fund to purchase an Action Track Chair for a wounded veteran. We are pleased to share an update about the donation to The Independence Fund. We recently learned that the Action Track Chair donated by Southland Insulators was received by an Army Corporal named Bret. Bret was injured in 2011 in Afghanistan.

In addition, we worked with Castlewood Builders and the Gary Sinise Foundation to insulate a new home for Captain Luis Avila, a veteran who was severely injured in service to our country. ON Veteran’s Day, there will be a special ribbon cutting for the Gary Sinise Foundation for Captain Luis Avila’s new home. We can’t think of a better way to honor our Veterans.

For more about our original donations and our 30-year history, click here to read our original blog post.

Congratulations to Bret and to Captain Avila. God Speed to them and their families.

Gerald R. Palmer, President
Southland Insulators

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