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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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Friday, November 18, 2016
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. 

America's Green Insulator - Southland Insulators
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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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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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Three Reasons to Seal and Insulate your Crawl Space before Winter

Three Reasons to Seal and Insulate your Crawl Space before Winter

Winter is around the corner. Unless you’ve invested this year in home energy improvements, your home will be as inefficient and uncomfortable this winter as it was last winter.

If your home has a crawl space, sealing and insulating your crawl space can dramatically improve your home’s comfort, reduce energy bills and improve the quality of air inside your home.

Today’s building science proves that what’s beneath our home affects the comfort inside our home. A home’s natural airflow is from bottom to top (from the ground to sky). As your home naturally breathes, air is drawn up from the basement or crawl space, through the living area and out the attic. This natural airflow means air from a moist crawl space (and everything in the crawl space) flows up and into your home’s living area.

Here are three reasons to insulate your crawl space before winter:
  1. Improved Air Quality
    Crawl spaces are naturally damp. As your home breathes, air from your crawl space flows into your home’s living space through penetration points around wiring, plumbing holes and more. This means the air in your crawl space is mingling with the air you breathe every day. Not only is this distasteful, it’s unhealthy. Air sealing and insulating your crawl space will improve the air quality will help keep pollutants out of your home.
  2. Lower energy bills
    Does your furnace run more than you’d like during winter? This is a result of your HVAC system heating air from the crawl space that’s mingling with the air that’s already been heated. This means your HVAC system is continually working to maintain your home’s internal temperature. This results in higher energy bills – and more wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  3. A more comfortable home
    An unfinished crawl space affects your home’s everyday comfort. Are your floors cold? Is your main living area significantly cooler than an upper level of your home? Sealing and insulating your crawl space will help. After a short time in an uncomfortable home, you’ll wish you’d invested in upgrading your crawl space.
You may have other questions about your crawl space. We welcome you to contact us to discuss your specific situation. Ready to upgrade your crawl space? Contact us to schedule a free crawl space estimate. 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Looking to save money on energy bills? Check your basement.

Looking to save money on energy bills? Check your basement.

When thinking about insulation, the attic is the first area of a home that comes to mind. Many homeowners never think of the energy lost through their basement box sills and rim joists.

Basement box sills and rim joists are a major source of energy loss. These areas are located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling, where the walls of the home meet the foundation. It is one of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior and allows outside air to easily leak into the basement.

Not only can unconditioned outside air enter the home through this area, it is a convenient entrance point for pests. Spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way into your home through penetration points left behind around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.

Spray foam is an ideal product to both insulate and air seal rim joists and box sills. Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product that both seals air leaks and insulates. Be sure to hire a qualified, insured and experienced spray foam contractor for the job to ensure your basement box sills and rim joists are properly insulated and air sealed.

Insulating and air sealing your rim joists and box sills will you’re your basement (and entire home) more comfortable, help keep out pests and help reduce your energy bills. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Natural Gas Prices are on the Rise! Plus Three More Reasons to Insulate your Attic.

Natural Gas Prices are on the Rise! Plus Three More Reasons to Insulate your Attic.

Looking for a reprieve in your energy bills? Don’t expect one this year. In mid October, the Energy Information Administration predicted natural gas users will see a 22% climb in their heating bills this year over the 2015-2016 heating season. If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your home’s insulation, this is the time.

When you think of upgrading your home’s insulation, the attic may be the first thing that comes to mind. Do you really know why it matters? Here are three reasons to upgrade your attic insulation and seal attic air leaks:

  • Heating and cooling costs account for up to 50-70 percent of the energy used in an average home. Taking steps to improve your home’s energy efficiency keeps your energy bills low and reduces wear and tear on your HVAC system.
  • Air naturally moves upward through your house. Adding insulation and sealing air leaks in your attic prevents air you’ve already paid to heat or cool from leaving your home.
  • Insulating and air sealing your attic can prevent unconditioned air from coming into your home. This means your HVAC system has to work less to maintain your home’s interior temperature.

Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost-effective ways to save money on your energy bills each month. Wondering if your home could benefit from additional attic insulation? Contact us for a free estimate.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Want the Gold Standard of Insulation? Choose an Icynene Gold Circle Contractor.

Want the Gold Standard of Insulation? Choose an Icynene Gold Circle Contractor.

There is a lot to consider when insulating your home. The most important decision is choosing the right contractor.

Not all contractors are created equal. Choosing an experienced contractor can help avoid problems before, during and after your installation. Southland Insulators has vast experience installing spray foam insulation. These years of experience and number of spray foam jobs completed have allowed Southland Insulators to achieve Gold Circle status with Icynene, one of the industry’s top spray foam manufacturers.

Here’s what you can expect when hiring a Gold Circle contractor:
  • Vast Spray Foam Experience. Not every contractor has the proper experience to install spray foam. An Icynene Gold Circle contractor installs a high number of spray foam jobs each year. This means our applicators stay on top of their craft each day so you can have the best install possible.
  • Safe Installation Techniques. Following safe installation techniques is critical with any job – this is even more important with spray foam. Our team receives ongoing safety training and keeps up-to-date on the latest product information and trends in building science. This means you can rest easy knowing both your home and family are in good hands.
  • Up-to-Date Equipment. A big part of spray foam installation success is keeping equipment up to date and well maintained. As a high-volume spray foam contractor we have the resources and skills to keep our equipment up-to-date and well maintained.
To learn more about Icynene and working with a Gold Circle contractor, click here. To get an estimate for your next spray foam project, contact our office.

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