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Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation in Connecticut For Homeowners

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation in Connecticut For Homeowners

Spray Foam Insulation in Connecticut For Comfort and Efficiency

The purpose of insulation in a house is to provide comfort to its occupants by reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. In general, more is better. But the amount of insulation is only half the story. The type of insulation is equally important.

Closely related to heat gain and heat loss is the phenomenon known as infiltration. Infiltration occurs when outside air is forced into a house by wind, by pressure differentials between inside and outside, or by both, and, according to the DoE, accounts for about 40% of a home’s energy loss. This uncontrolled air enters through joints in the building envelope that are not fully sealed. Examples include joints in the plywood sheathing, through electrical outlets and switches, pipe and electrical conduit penetrations, between the siding and foundation walls, and any place different materials are joined. And because this air may be warm and moist or cold and dry – the Boston, MA, area has temperatures that range from -10ºF or lower in the winter to +90ºF or higher in the summer – it must be cooled and dehumidified in the summer and heated and humidified in the winter, both of which require significant energy and cost. So, controlling infiltration, a process known as air sealing, is important to the comfort of the homeowners and the home’s energy efficiency.

Selecting Insulation

Fibrous insulation such as fiberglass, cellulose, mineral wool, and cotton has an R-value of roughly 3.5 per 1″ thickness. While any of them can provide code-required levels of thermal insulation in sufficient thickness, they provide little protection against infiltration and must rely on a secondary barrier to prevent it.
Closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation, by contrast, which has an R-value of roughly 7 per 1″ thickness, is both an infiltration barrier (it expands to many times its original volume to fill and seal all the voids and joints in the wood framing) and a vapor barrier (it does not permit moisture to penetrate it). These twin characteristics make it an ideal air seal and its relatively high R-value makes it an ideal thermal barrier. As such, an SPFI-insulated 2″x4″ wood frame will outperform a fiberglass-insulated 2″x6″ wood frame wall even though they both have the same nominal R-value of between 19 and 21

Materials Cost: A Whole House Approach

In Connecticut, the installed materials cost of fibrous insulation is generally less than that for SPFI for the same R-value. But that’s not the whole story. Since SPFI can provide the
same R-value in a 2″x4″ wall that requires a 2″x6″ wall for fibrous insulation, the higher cost for SPFI can be offset by the roughly 33% savings in materials for the 2″x4″ wall. Also, since SPFI is an effective air seal, the size of the house’s heating and air conditioning systems may be reduced, allowing for additional cost savings.

Assistance with Your Connecicut Construction Project

The Beacon Projects Group can assist you with the selection of insulation best suited for your new or renovated home and assist you with your contractor to assure its proper installation.

Spray Foam Insulation in Connecticut

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The Importance of Communication Between a Homeowner and a Contractor

The Importance of Communication Between a Homeowner and a Contractor

In order to prevent any misunderstandings during a residential construction project, it’s vital that the communication between a homeowner and a contractor is clear and effective. While a good contractor should always communicate effectively and be forthcoming, you as the homeowner should always make your expectations clear up front.

Tips to make the communication between a homeowner and contractor a little easier.

Know the Scheduling Ahead of Time

It’s important that the contractor provide the homeowner with a full schedule of the work to be completed, including the scheduled days of the week and hours that the work will be taking place. Not knowing the scheduling of a job can leave the homeowner inconvenienced. If the contractor has to make a scheduling change, he or she should let you know as soon as possible.

Request Information in Writing

Once you agree to hire a particular contractor, you should make it known what information you’d like to receive as the work progresses. The best way to avoid confusion and disputes is to make sure that your contract agreement includes a payment schedule, start and end dates of the project, and that any changes affecting price be approved in writing by both you and your contractor.
Additional things that you should ask for are:

  • Detailed Receipts (Make Copies!)
  • Daily or Weekly Work Reports / Work Logs
  • Progress Photos (If You’re Not Living at the Residence Being Worked On)

You need to set boundaries at the very beginning and to have a free line of communication established that goes both ways. If there is any pricing or scheduling changes that occur, you should be notified immediately and provided a reason for why this is so. While texting and e-mailing certainly seem to be the most convenient methods and provide a detailed record of conversations that have taken place, it’s also recommended that the communication between a homeowner and a contractor  have ongoing scheduled phone calls to reduce confusion.

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Innovative Restaurant Construction in Connecticut Requires Expertise

Innovative Restaurant Construction in Connecticut Requires Expertise

When done correctly, the proper restaurant construction in Connecticut can enhance the elements of a night on the town. For many people, dining out is about much more than just the food. The design of a restaurant can enhance all of the elements of a night out on the town. A dinner out is more appetizing when coupled with luxurious finishes, appealing furniture, and ambient lighting. For this reason, many business owners look to The Beacon Projects Group for restaurant construction in Connecticut to bring their vision to life.

Restaurant Construction in Connecticut With Proven Results

At The Beacon Projects Group, we have provided clients such as Greenwich Hospitality, Barteca Restaurant Group and Freshii with the services of an owner’s representative. The services we have provided to these award-winning restaurants include assisting with the selection of the design team, construction development, project scheduling, budget development, contractor and vendor selection, and project accounting.

The Beacon Projects Group, headquartered in Connecticut, is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council. A leading source for restaurant construction in Connecticut, we work with clients of all sizes, from start-up franchises to large international corporations. Our dedicated team excels in meeting tight deadlines, helping to deliver spaces that are built to last.

Whether you are currently at the planning stage or are already involved in restaurant construction in Connecticut, the experienced team at The Beacon Projects Group can provide services that provide you with benefits and cost savings. We provide restaurant construction in Connecticut to clients of all sizes, from start-up family restaurants to large franchises. Our dedicated team is able to consistently meet tight deadlines, helping to deliver spaces that are built to last.

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