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Adding Insulation

Adding insulation to an existing home can increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills. First, you need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where.  A qualified home energy auditor, like Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, can check your insulation.

Adding insulation

In newer houses, you may be able to find out what insulation was installed from the builder. In older houses, you’ll need to request an energy audit or if you prefer to do it yourself, follow these helpful tips from the U.S. Department of Energy:

  • Inspect the attic, walls and floors adjacent to an unheated space, like a garage or basement.  See what type of insulation you have and measure its thickness.
  • Check the exterior walls using an electrical outlet:
    • Turn off the power to the outlet.
    • Remove the outlet cover and inspect the cracks to see if there is insulation.
    • Remove some of the insulation to help determine the type.
  • Tip – Just because you find insulation in one wall doesn’t mean that it’s everywhere in the house.
  • Check and measure the thickness of any insulation in unfinished basement ceilings and walls, or above crawl spaces.
  • Once you’ve determined the type of insulation you have in these areas and its thickness, check out the U.S. Department of Energy to determine the R-values of insulation previously installed in your home.

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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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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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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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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America’s Best Installer

America’s Best Installer

America’s Best Installer was created in 2003 by building products manufacturer Johns Manville and Insulate America to recognize the skill and hard work of insulation installers, while emphasizing the impact a quality insulation installation has on the energy efficiency of building structures.

Jose Garcia of Olathe bases Henges Insulation Company exceeded the performance of his competitors in the fast-paced competition which consisted of installing JM formaldehyde-free insulation batts into mock home structures. Expert judges evaluated each competitor based on real job site criteria, including workmanship and install quality, speed, material use, and reaction to different obstacles, such as pipes, vaulted ceilings and electrical outlets.

“We are thrilled to recognize Jose as our 4th runner up nationally ‘America’s Best Installer’ for his superior performance and dedication to high quality,” said Bob Wamboldt, president of Insulation Systems at Johns Manville. “Our continued partnership with Insulate America for this competition allows us to support and celebrate the insulation industry and the hardworking installers at work each day.”

About Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. JM serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales of approximately $3 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. JM employs approximately 7,000 people and operates 43 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at www.jm.com.

About Insulate America

Insulate America is the nation’s largest independent insulation contractor. With 200 locations serving 46 states, Insulate America is committed to the highest quality workmanship and service. Training, education, sharing ideas, rigorous certifications and life-long learning separate Insulate America as professionals in the industry. Learn more at www.insulateamerica.com.

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Top 3 Reasons To Call Henges Insulation & Fireplaces

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation and fireplace industries in the Kansas City area. Our mission is to make sure that you are satisfied. We will do everything that we can to give you the best service possible. We not only want you to use our company again, but we also want you to refer your family members and friends to our company. 

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Professional Staff

  • Our goal is to provide the best field technicians and educated consultants who work together to serve all of our customers’ insulation and fireplace needs in the Kansas City area.  All of our installers are trained professionals who take great pride in their work, ensuring a high quality product installed to every customer’s complete satisfaction. Each and every one of our technicians has gone through extensive training, which means they know what needs to be done to handle your commercial or residential projects like home insulation, attic insulation, wall insulation or fireplace repair or installation. We even have award winning technicians! Norris Allen from Henges Insulation & Fireplaces won the title of “America’s Best Insulation Installer” for 2016 on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Denver. Allen took home the $10,000 grand prize!

Superior Customer Service

  • Many of our customers in the Kansas City area have hired us more than once. This is our greatest compliment. Repeat business is very important to us because it tells us that we are delivering a satisfying customer experience. We believe that our commitment to excellent service is one of the main reasons that our company has been able to stay in business for over eight decades.  You can count on Henges to get the job done right!

Experience Matters

  • We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932. Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is part of the strong, privately-owned team of Jay Henges Enterprises Inc. in St Louis, Missouri. A successful and diversified building specialty contractor, Jay Henges Enterprises began to expand its services to the Kansas City area in the early 1940s. We have remained privately-owned and continue to operate independently to serve customers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Henges has continued to grow and build our relationships in the area for the past eight decades.

If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete a contact form. We look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

 

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Benefits of a Well-Insulated Attic

Here are the top three reasons to insulate your attic according to the Attic Guys! Head over here to read the entire article.

Well-Insulated Attic

Save Money:

The statistics vary, but some homeowners have reported as much as a 50% savings once their attic has been insulated. How much you save will depend on a multitude of factors, such as the shape of your house and attic, the type of heating in the house, and the climate of the area.

Go Green:

Insulating your attic, according to the Department of Energy, is one of the most important energy-saving projects you can complete in your home. The energy saved with this means less need for energy creation, so power plants won’t need to produce said energy.

Prevent Moisture Problems:

Moisture, ice dams, and condensation can slowly, steadily cause persistent damage in a home, especially on the roof, which can be very expensive to repair. Moisture can also seep inside, and wet insulation is much less effective at keeping in heat.

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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Proper Installation: Why It’s Important

A proper insulation installation is important and will make a difference! A poor insulation installation can lead to hidden costs for builders and poor energy performance with the homes they build. 

Proper Installation

Download this guide from NAIMA to learn why builders should care, the costs of different insulation installation approaches and get a “quality management” checklist to help builders, raters and insulation contractors collaborate to deliver proper, Grade I installations.

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 field technicians are thoroughly trained, obtain regular re-certifications throughout their careers, and understand the complexity and importance of insulation.

 

 

 

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America’s Best Insulation Installer For 2016 Is Norris Allen

Norris Allen from Henges Insulation & Fireplaces won the title of “America’s Best Insulation Installer” for 2016 on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Denver. Allen took home the $10,000 grand prize!
Best Insulation Installer

America’s Best Insulation Installer

The competition created by manufacturer Johns Manville (JM) and Insulate America allows competitors to demonstrate their skills by installing insulation batts into a mock home structure.

Insulate America is thrilled to recognize Allen as this year’s best insulation installer,” said David Beam, president and chief executive officer of Insulate America. “Our competitors seem to raise the bar a bit higher each year with new techniques and attention to detail that make a difference at real-world construction jobs, and this year was no different. We’re proud to bring the nationally recognized competition to fruition with Johns Manville each year.”

The competition also recognized:

  • First runner-up – Rosario Ruiz-Cardenas of Pleasant View, Utah
  • Second runner-up – Luis DeLuna of Round Lake Beach, Ill.
  • Third runner-up – Brian Simmons of Allenton, Pa.

 

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Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation is one of the best forms of insulation on the market because it is excellent at temperature control and also reduces noise. The big advantage to spray foam insulation is that it creates an air barrier as well as insulating, so not as much air infiltration can occur.

Spray Foam Insulation Kansas City

Types of Spray Foam Insulation:

Spray foam insulation comes in two different types: open cell and closed cell.

With 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.

Closed cell 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.

Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation:

Spray foam insulation saves on energy costs which lowers utility bills. Buildings treated with spray foam insulation typically insulate as much as 50% better than traditional insulation products.

Insulation that is sprayed in buildings protects against moisture, which provides the benefit of reducing the chance of harmful mold and mildew. Eliminating mold growth reduces the likelihood of rotting wood in a home, and allergic reactions to mold spores as well.

In addition to building temperature control and moisture control, spray foam insulation also reduces noise. Foam insulation in a building’s roof, floor or walls reduces airborne sound transfer.

Homes treated with spray insulation often qualify for state and federal tax deductions.

 

Spray Foam Insulation Contractors in Kansas City

We hope that helps clarify some questions you may have had about 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 – 913-764-4600.

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