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Types of Home Insulation

At Henges Insulation and Fireplaces, we offer many different types of home insulation. It may be confusing for homeowners to decide which kind is best for their home. Here is an explanation of the differences between each type of home insulation. 

Types of Home Insulation

Types of Home Insulation:

Spray Foam Insulation:  Spray foam is made from polyurethane – a closed-cell foam that contains low-conductivity gas in its cells. It is excellent at temperature control and also reduces noise. Spray foam insulation comes in two different types:

  1. Open Cell: The tiny cells are not completely closed. It is a very good air barrier but does not provide any type of water vapor barrier. Open cell is less expensive than closed cell. It is usually used for interior walls because it provides sound reduction as well. It is not recommended for outdoor applications.
  2. Closed Cell: This type of spray foam insulation is much denser. It has a smaller, more compact cell structure. It is a very good air barrier as well as a water vapor barrier. It can be used anywhere in the home

Cellulose Insulation: This insulation is plant based. It is usually made from recycled paper that has been treated to be fire resistant. Is it sometimes favored over fiberglass insulation because it is environmentally friendly. Cellulose insulation is treated with fire retardants to meet all federal, state, and local fire safety requirements.

Fiberglass: This type of insulation is a man-made mineral fiber constructed from a variety of materials, such as sand and recycled glass. It is the most popular type of insulation used in the U.S.

Batt (Roll or Rolled) Insulation: Batt insulation is simply fiberglass insulation that is attached to craft paper on one side. This facilitates the installation process by making it easier to handle. It is typically rolled which is why some refer to it as roll or rolled insulation.

BIBS (Blow in Blanket) Insulation: BIBS® is a patented insulation system that blows fiberglass insulation into walls, floors, attics and ceilings. The BIBS® system is very effective because the insulation is free of voids and does not deteriorate over time. It is guaranteed against settling. Contractors must undergo intense training and be licensed to install the BIBS® insulation system. At Henges, we will install your blow in blanket insulation according to the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure that you get the most money for your insulation dollar.

Insulation Professionals in Kansas City

We hope that helps clarify some questions you may have had about types of insulation. We will be happy to talk to you further to help you decide which type of insulation is best for your Kansas City home. The important thing to remember is that the effectiveness of insulation depends more on the quality of installation than the material used. Tests show that a mere four percent gap from poorly installed insulation can cut your insulation’s performance in half! At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, we understand this. Our technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation. Call us for professional insulation for your Kansas City home at 913-764-4600.

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Prepare For Winter

Prepare for winter by adding insulation to your home. A highly trained contractor will install proper levels of insulation to keep you comfortable without high bills.
 

Installing insulation is the largest part of our business. We work with builders, commercial contractors and homeowners throughout the metro Kansas City area. As knowledge spreads in our tech-savvy world, more building or remodeling homeowners have become aware of the importance of professionally installed, quality insulation.

We welcome all insulation jobs, big or small, residential or commercial. We will evaluate your project, consult with you on your goals, help you choose  appropriate insulation, air seal your structure and install insulation with the precision and thoroughness that guarantees a job done right. We choose our products from proven manufacturers. With our extensive knowledge and experienced professionals, you will get optimum performance out of insulation installed by Henges Insulation & Fireplaces.

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Halloween Mantel Ideas

Whether you have started using your fireplace this year or not, you can turn it into a stylish space for Halloween. Decorate your fireplace for Halloween from the inside out to make a festive scene. Try these ideas for making your fireplace shine:

Halloween Mantel Ideas

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Dress up your fireplace mantel with spooky seasonal accessories, natural items and candles as seen on Casa Sugar design blog.

Stuff the fireplace full of crafty pumpkins as seen in Good Housekeeping.

Get some inspiration from one of the 100 Halloween mantels featured on Prudent Penny Pincher

Or, just let it burn to create a beautiful glow!

Be sure your fireplace is ready for cold weather, and contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Kansas City.

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4 Insulation Facts

Here are 4 Insulation Facts that you need to know! Did you know that about half of the energy we use to heat or cool our homes would leak out without insulation? A poorly insulated home hits homeowners where it hurts the most–their wallets!

Insulation Facts

Insulation Will Pay for Itself 

  • A common excuse people make to avoid adding insulation to their homes is that it is too expensive. In fact, if you want to save money, you should add insulation. When you add insulation to the walls and attic in your house, the expense will pay for itself many times over in reduced heating and cooling costs in subsequent years.

Insulation Helps In The Summer

  • You may be thinking insulation isn’t something to worry about in the warmer months, but insulation does more than keep your home warm in the winter. Insulation also keeps in the cool air, as well as keeps out the sweltering heat.

Insulation Can Help the Environment

  • If the insulation in your home is poor, it is putting extra strain on all the systems and appliances in your home, making them work harder to do their job. This means your home is using more energy than it needs, increasing your carbon footprint. An energy audit can pinpoint the source of your energy issues so that you can reduce the amount of energy your home uses, which not only helps you, but the environment as well.

Call A Professional

  • How effective insulating your home will be depends on the quality of the installation job. If the material used is high quality, but spots are missed during the job, the material will not be able to properly insulate the home as it should. Our friendly professionals here at Henges Insulation and Fireplaces provide high quality work on every job. When you are in need of insulation or fireplace services in Kansas City, MO, give us a call here at Henges Insulation and Fireplaces. We have been in business since the 1940s and provide high quality services on every job. Whether the job is big or small, we are here to help Kansas City, MO and the surround areas.
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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips

Here are some helpful Fireplace Safety Tips from HealthyChildren.org

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning.
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
  • Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood burns with less smoke and burns more evenly
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires. Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is important to check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable (ie: furniture, drapes, newspapers, books, etc.). If these items get too close to the fireplace, they could catch fire.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Make sure it is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. If you leave the room while the fire is burning or the fireplace is still hot, take your small child with you.
  • Minimize your child’s chance of burns from the hot glass front of some fireplaces. Safety screens can be installed to reduce the risk of burns.
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child’s reach. Also, remove any lighters and matches.
  • Install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience.  Our team has undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our experienced team offers nothing less than outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and competitive pricing. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600. We look forward to working with you!

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The Benefits of Cellulose Insulation

Check out this video that explains the eco-friendly benefits of cellulose insulation, made from recycled newspapers, and blown in to cover even the hardest to reach spaces. 

Cellulose insulation not only keeps your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, but they are also fire-safe, energy efficient, mold-resistant, and sound-proofing.

Insulation Contractors in Kansas City

We will be happy to talk to you further to help you decide which type of insulation is best for your Kansas City home. The important thing to remember is that the effectiveness of insulation depends more on the quality of installation than the material used. Tests show that a mere four percent gap from poorly installed insulation can cut your insulation’s performance in half! At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, we understand this. Our technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation. Call us for professional insulation for your Kansas City home – 913-764-4600.

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Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

Is your mantel ready for fall? Celebrate the change of season by giving your fireplace a seasonal makeover with these fall mantel decor ideas!

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Head over to our Pinterest page and checkout all these creative and festive ideas that will help get you in the mood for fall. 

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation and fireplace industries in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

 

 

 

 

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Fireplace Inspection

A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommended to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke. Our fireplace services include Valve Parts & Repairs, Pilot Light Parts & Repairs, Thermo Couples, Chimney Cleaning, Chimney Inspection and much more in the Kansas City Area.

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Fireplace Inspection & Services Include:

  • Valve Parts & Repairs
  • Pilot Light Parts & Repairs
  • Thermo Couples
  • Chimney Cleaning
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Chimney Sweeps
  • Chimney Relines
  • Troubleshooting
  • Burn Problems
  • All Service & Maintenance

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience.  Our team has undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right.

At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our experienced team offers nothing less than outstanding customer service. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and competitive pricing. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600.

We look forward to working with you!

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Designing A Stylish Fireplace

Better Homes & Gardens offers some good ideas for designing a stylish fireplace to add interest and warmth to any setting. Get more design ideas for stylish fireplaces, and tell us about how you have decorated the area around your fireplace by leaving a comment.

Designing A Stylish Fireplace

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  • Get away from brick and give tile a try on your fireplace surround.
  • Use paint to turn a dark fireplace wall into a crisp focal point. 
  • A white mantel can contrast a stone surround.
  • Use brass accessories and an oversize mirror to bring an ornate touch to a simple white brick fireplace.
  • Dress up a nonworking fireplace with glossy black paint. 
  • A fireplace screen can add an extra layer of detail.
     

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience.  Our team has undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600.

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Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace

Have you been thinking about converting a wood burning fireplace into a gas fireplace?  A wood burning fireplace is considered to be one of the most inefficient heat sources available according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Converting to an easy to use gas insert will bring warmth and efficiency.
Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace

Converting A Wood Burning Fireplace Into A Gas Fireplace:

Fireplace inserts fit in the opening of an existing wood fireplace and the variety of surrounds available close any gaps. Fans and blowers are also available to help push the heat out into the room and optional remote controls make it as simple to use as a traditional gas fireplace.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces has a comprehensive team of trained professionals with years of critical, hands-on experience. These experts will help you choose the fireplace or insulation best-suited for your home. Our certified installers have undergone extensive training and regular re-certifications and will work with you to get the job done right. If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete the contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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