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"Good. Guy that did the estimate was very thorough and explained everything. Gave me some helpful tips to increase energy efficiency in the home. Crew that did the" work was friendly and cleaned up pretty good when they were done

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Lock came out and did a thorough assessment to include climbing into the attic to assess what insulation we" had. He provided his expert opinion about our insulation needs. On the day of install the crew called and arrived on-time. The crew of Bill,
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even made recommendations about taping a vent pipe to prevent heat loss. I was very satisfied with the work and it's associated cost. I would recommend them to anyone needing insulation.

-Richard B.

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Google and read about it. Some people swear by it, though their comments sound suspiciously like they were all written by the same person. Some call it a rip off - expecially people paying $6000-8000 for what would normally be a $1,000 range job.

I would not call it an outright fraud as they are providing a product that has some potential merit in the right application, but from a technical standpoint it sounds suspicious. They claim a 1/4 mat with doiuble sided foil facing is R-16 insulation. This at least is deceptive - they appear to be saying its radiant heat reflective properties give the equivalent of R-16 insulation, because there is NO WAY 1/4" foam is going to yield R-16 in an ASTM test for insulation, which is a thermal conductivity test. Would be lucky to get R-2 or so as an insulator, so this is basically a radiant barrier. Competing products from national brandname manufacturers list R value of 3.8-4.2 for one inch mats, so the equivalent for this 1/4" mat would be expected to be in the R1 range.

Properly installed, with ventilation on BOTH sides, it can be slightly effective in reducing radiant heat loss from the house, and more effective in reflecting heat in the attic from coming down into the house. However, from a thermodynamic and vapor control standpoint, they are trouble unless their integration into the house envelope is designed VERY carefully. Short explanation:

1) for keeping heat in the house, if they are installed above the attic floor insulation they can slightly limit air loss through the ceiling, and reflect radiant heat back down, resulting in warmer insulation, hence a warmer ceiling - but not as marked an improvement as added insulation would give.

2) for keeping attic heat from getting into the ceiling, they do reflect back a good portion of the radiant heat coming from the roof sheathing. This reduces the attic floor insulation surface temperature, so can reduce air conditioning cost. it does increase teh temperature in the attic, which can be very bad for support timbers and the roof sheathing.

3) the worst thing about how this type of foil radiant barrier is used is that, unless it has free air space on both sides, it acts as a vapor barrier. In the typicall application as a blanket over attic floor insulation, it traps any moisture coming up from the house, and can cause mildew and rot, especially in climates where the outdoor temperature gets quite cold.

4) the attic fans are generally a last resort measure - the normal house does much better, at no energy cost, using ridge vents with adequate eave openings to provide ventilation and cooling in the attic.

5) their effectiveness in winter heat diminshes rapidly with time - tests of attic radiant barriers show they lose about half their effectvieness within 5 years, because even a light dust coating greatly reduces their ability to reflect radiant heat, and greatly increases the absorption of heat from the hot air above them.

6) pay attention to cost - from what I see, their installed cost is many times the cost of normal insualtion or radiant barrier placement.

I would say, in summary, buyer beware, and I would be inherently leery of a product being sold the same way timeshares and "secret" moneymaking schemes are.

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Obviously this is not a timely response to the initial question. However, for those who may be reading these answers at a later time, a couple of added thoughts:

1) the radiant barrier being discussed is basically heavy-duty metal foil or metallized surface on a plastic sheet, intended to reflect RADIATED heat (infrared radiation - think heat light, or heat you can feel at a distance radiated from a fireplace), the same way a mirror reflects light. Radiated heat is how a standard oven broils and how steam and hot water baseboard heat predominately work.

2) you generally should do NOT place a radiant barrier over the insulation that lies between and over the joists in a normal attic, especially in a region where the attic temperature can frequently reach condensation temperature (below about 45-50 degrees) - it may reflect back some of the house heat that is coming up from the house, but by destroying most of the temperature gradient from the house to the attic air destroys much of the driving force that moves moisture to the attic air and subsequent venting. Between that greater heat and the fact the barrier is also a moisture barrier, that makes a perfect condition for mold and rot in your insulation and attic wood, and has become quite an issue in energy upgraded homes because of retrofits that cut off airflow outside the insulation, but do not cut off the moisture source leaking thorough from the house. The proper and ONLY place for a vapor barrier in a normal attic insulation system is on the pressurized and normal warm, humid side of the insulation zone - directly above the ceiling drywall in the top floor, fastened to the UNDERSIDE of the ceiling joists or trusses, NOT anywhere above that. Perforated barriers are supposed to reduce this tendency, but the perforation area percentage is so small that typically they still act as a vapor varrier, just not a totally effective one.

3) radiant barriers reflect radiated heat ewith up to 99% efficiency but have basically zero resistance to CONDUCTION (body to body heat transfer at points of contact - think heat transfer from your warm hand to a frozen cold drink can, or hot pavement heat transfer to the bottom of your feet) - so there needs to be an air gap between the radiant barrier and the hot item passing the heat to it, otherwise the heat will just pass through it by conduction. Therefore, applying it directly to the sheathing (above or below) or manufacturing it directly on the surface of the sheathing defeats its purpose, even though this is commonly done.

4) there is a lot of discussion, particularly in the professional design community, about attic radiant heat barrier effectiveness and problems. Because they are being installed on the bottom of the sheathing or underside of roof joists, they act as a heat trap for the energy being conducted through the roof which would normally radiate into the attic air or be transferred by CONVECTION (fluid flow heat transfer) to the attic air, and be vented through roof vents, ridge vents, gable vents, etc. By trapping that heat, they are causing the underside of the shingles and particularly the felt and sheathing to get a lot hotter than they otherside would, essentially changing it from a system where the shingle top surface might reach 120-180 F and the inside surface of the sheathing about 80-140F in the summer, to making the entire roof system equal to the outside surface temperature. This causes more rapid shingle deterioration and cracking, and makes the felt or plastic moisture barrier under the shingles brittle and subject to failure.

Also, any moisture above the radiant barrier (from roof leaks or humid air coming into the area) is prevented from evaporating by the attic airflow which would normally remove it, so it starts acting like a steamer. I have seen both wood and metal lofts and attics become a major mold farm in months because of this effect, and a couple of roofs which started sagging due to rotted sheathing within 2 years of reroofing with tightly adhered radiant barrier. Some radiant barriers are vapor-permeable to reduce the moisture issue, many are not, but few actually are effective in letting moisture freely escape.

Having seen these products in use, and having analyzed and specified building products for use from the Middle East to the Arctic for decades, and having a Masters in Arctic Engineering (a degree predominately in energy conservation and heat flow), my personal opinion is that these radiant barriers will be banned by code within 10-15 years for unheated (so-called "cold" roofs) roofs, because they just do not use the principles of thermodynamics correctly. For more info on this issue Google the following search phrase  - moisture trapping by radiant attic barriers       and read the government (not the manufacturer) literature on the issue.

5) Unfortunately, the right way to handle this issue is to put the radiant surface on the OUTSIDE of the house - by using reflective materials on the roofing material. This is already done with flat roofs, house trailers, and industrial structures by spraying with alumiunum paint, and a few brands offer reflective aggregate shingles that are slightly more reflective and radiant than normal shingles. People obviously do not like this reflective surface from an aesthetic standpoint, though with solar cells coming into more general use this may soon be more widely adopted. The idea should be to keep the solar energy from penetrating into the building envelope at all, not try to re-reflect it away after it has penetrated throguh the roof system.

The sprayed-in foam has a couple of issues you need to be aware of:

6) it needs to be the low-pressure expanding type mixed for use around window frames, as fully expanding foam can bow joists or trusses and pop drywall ceilings free as it expands, and non-expanding foam actually shrinks as it cures, leaving gaps for air and heat flow alongside the ceiling joists.

7) being closed-cell it is essentially impervious to moisture, so the vapor barrier on the house side has to be EXCELLENT (incuding sealingof all penetrations), or it will trap household moisture escaping into the attic and promote mold and rot in the ceiling drywall and joists.

8) it tends to bleed chemical fumes into the house for a long period of time (can be noticeable for years), which may be objectionable to some people from an odor or environmental standpoint, and especially should be considered if any residents have severe allergy issues or respiratory problems.

9) I emphatically recommend AGAINST use of sprayed-in foam between ceiling joists or truss members in any area that can have cold attic air that could cause moisture condensation in the insulation, though this is probably not a significant problem where you live, assuming your Dallas is the city in Texas. For essentially year-around air-conditioned homes in hot climates, the problem can actually be condensation of attic air moisture on and in the colder ceiling surface insulation and on cold attic runs of air conditioned air, so attic ventilation becomes a critical issue to remove the moisture before it condenses.

In summary, having seen an awful lot of attic moisture and thermal problems, my personal recommendation would be to ensure excellent sealing of the house from the attic, use normal UNFACED fiberglass insulation, and instead of a radiant barrier ensure adequate full-attic ventilation. If you decide to got with a radiant barrier, then I would recommend a perforated one, sloping up towards the sides a foot or two and stopping a foot or so clear at the sides so moist air under it can escape to the roof joist spaces and be vented from the attic. I have seen this done several times with a fine nylon net strung above the insulation in the attic, supporting the barrier, resulting in something very similar to the double-roof system used in bedouin tents, where airflow between the two layers keep the hot air away from the living space.

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A couple of comments about what Jim said:

1) Regarding type of insulation, in cold winter environments: Cellulose and fiberglass are actually about comparable in R value when installed - blown in cellulose runs from 3.2-3.8 R value, fiberglass batt 2.9-4.3 R value depending on manufacturer and whether hig-density or low density, high-efficiency or standard, according to official Department of Energy publications. Measured values in attic test cases, in areas with a true winter, after 10 years showed a decrease from 3.4 (in the test case) down to 2.1 for cellulose, and 3.5 to 3.3 for fiberglass batt, due to packing or matting. In an attic environment, there WILL be condensation or frost on the insulation at some point during the year (assuming an area with true winters) and in highly insulated houses commonly for a substantial time period each winter. Fiberglass packs down slightly from that weight but mostly rebounds, cellulose packs down and mats and does not substantially recover, so over the years cellulose loses 1/3 to close to 1/2 its insulation value, fiberglass about 10%.

2) a note on radiation barriers attached to the bottom of the rafters - there are a lot of installers and homeowners making two major mistakes with this product that can cause major trouble: First, be sure to terminate it short of the eave openings. I have seen cases where it was carried all the way out to the fascia board, thereby blocking all airflow on the underside of the roof. Even carrying it all the way to the eaves along the bottom of the rafters will block off ventilation to the main attic area. You have to leave the air space between the rafters open to full airflow from the soffit/eave area ot the ridge vent. Second, do NOT run it continuous from eave to eave across the full width of the attic - leave a gap about a foot wide under the ridge vents so warm and moist air in the attic can vent through the ridge vent. Closing the ridge vent area off with the radiant barrier effectively puts a vapor barrier around the main attic area, causing retention of the moisture which WILL accumulate there, promoting mold.

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Steve made a good point.  Also, while it isn't required to remove the old insulation you can check the ductwork, wiring, etc. with the old stuff removed,  You can also spray foam around all openings and holes in wall top plates to better seal your home as Steve was pointing out.  My concern is the potential for mold spores you mentioned in your question.  If you suspect there are any get a good company in to remove the old and clean the attic.  Another concern is asbestos.  Your home is old enough you could have it in there and that's worse than mold if released into the air.

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I chose
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to insulate our attic because they are on the list of approved contractors for the Peoples Gas Home Energy Rebate program. I should note that in order to qualify for any rebates through this program, you must first get an energy audit done, which will cost $99. After getting the audit done, I was able to get an estimate for the attic insulation, which came out to $2500 but would be $1800 after rebates. The estimate seemed a little high, but I had already paid for the audit with
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and didn't want to do it again with a different company, so I went with it.
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(the owner) was also very nice and communicative about what kind of work needed to be done. As a woman I always appreciate not being talked down to about jobs like this.
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also deals with all the paperwork for the rebates so you don't have to bother with any of it or wait for the state to process anything.
It took a few weeks to get an appointment scheduled; I had to call a couple of times to follow up. I assume this is a busy time of year for this kind of work. When the guys came to do it, they were in and out pretty quickly (all told it took maybe 6 hours?) and I did not have to leave the house. They laid out tarps to try to keep from getting my floors messy, which I appreciated! On the other hand, they also moved furniture without moving it back and put a bunch of either foam or caulk canisters to soak in my bathtub without asking me, leaving a pretty gross ring around it for me to scrub. There were also lots of small nails left on the floor near a door that was weather-stripped. Glad I wear shoes to go to my basement or this could have been a nasty surprise.
All told, I'm glad I got the insulation done and I hope to see a difference in my gas bill next month. The house does feel less drafty, though I couldn't really say it feels warmer because we've had such extremely low temperatures in the week since the work was done. I wish that the workers had cleaned up after themselves better, but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle.
- Alana H.
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It went well.
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was very professional and knowledgeable. His crew showed up on time worked quickly, and cleaned up when they were done. We could instantly tell a difference with the increased insulation.
- Lisa B.
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Arrived on time. Were very courteous. Job was finished in a reasonable amount of time and they cleaned up everything.
- Jodie B.
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Everything went well. They even had someone come back out to make sure work was done right & to check the air ducts. He explained everything very well. I even got an energy rebate from my electrical and gas company for having the work done. I was very pleased with the work!
- AMY L.
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We scheduled them to blow the foam into our walls. Three days before the appointment, they called to let us know that they didn’t have foam, which put us behind schedule with the permits and the inspectors. They were polite about it and they credited the foam and did the ceiling insulation instead. It seemed like an issue with the supply chain.
- donnie l R.
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I called the company and was put in contact with their estimator. He was busy and said he would call back - he didn't. Called him back directly two days later but he wouldn't provide a time to come out to look at the job, just said he would call when in the area !
- Steve M.
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I went to a home improvement fair and
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had a booth set up. I need my attic insulated. The individuals at the booth pushed hard for an appointment to come to my house and give an estimate. I received a confirmation call the day before and the girl told me that all home owners need to be present. I said I make all the decisions and am the lone title holder of the house. She asked if I was married. (I actually got married last week and he has not fully moved in yet). I was then told they would not come out unless he was there and I needed to make sure of it or they would not come out. I again said I am the only one that makes decisions for the house and I am the only one on the title. She then said they are not the company for me if he wasn't going to be present at the appointment. I asked to speak with her manager and explained to him that while I did just get married, all decisions of the house are made by me. He said it was for my safety but they won't come out unless he was there.
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? My safety? Is he worried what one of his people would do if I was home alone with them? He then went on to say that if I was older, he also would have required my adult children to be there. Again,
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? So let me get this straight... If you are an independent woman, they will only come out if your husband is there to sign papers even if he's not on the title. And if you happen to have children who are over the legal age (hmmm... What would that be??? 18 y.o.?), they won't come out unless the children are there, too? I have been a home owner for 20+ years and never had a company act like this. Very discriminatory to women and older population. Would never contact or use them.
- Kara R.
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the men installed vented soffit panels to keep the blown in fiberglas away from air venting around the periphery of insulated space.The loose fibers were introduced into a blower on a truck then fiber traveled thru a tube into the attic. an r-value attained is r-49, which equal about 17" total depth. There was very little dust at the base of the stairway. They brought a vacuum cleaner to pick up as needed. A savings on heating was noticed right away. It is a valued improvement.
- rollin B.

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Emerald Valley Weatherization Inc

148 14th St
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Eugene Custom Sash And Door

2345 Charnelton St
Eugene

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Giron General Construction LLC

5633 SE 111th Ave
Portland,

High Performance Homes

4200 SE Columbia Way

Insul8

732 Shelly St.

J & S Construction & Investment

PO Box 1740
Springfield

John Webb Construction & Design

1256 Willagillespie RD
Eugene

John's Waterproofing

201 Airport Rd
Silverton

Josh Lowe's Dr Energy Saver

3922 W 1st St
Eugene

K & R Quality Construction LLC

85861 Bailey Hill Rd
Eugene

Kent R. Frey Construction

1574 Coburg Rd. #262
Eugene

Marshall's Inc

4110 Olympic St
Springfield

Matthew G Hunter

1330 Cleveland Hill Rd
Roseburg

Mike Timmermann

2720 Taylor St.
Eugene

Neil Kelly Design Build Remodeling

804 N Alberta St
Portland

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32262 Goddard Ln
Cottage Grove

RGC Construction

670 Argon Ave
Eugene

SERVICE MASTER ELITE

3904 W 1ST AVE
Eugene

Six Degrees Construction Co

980 Van Buren St
Eugene

TerraFirma Foundation Systems

761 NE Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg

UNGER CONSTRUCTION LLC

1574 Coburg Rd. #213
Eugene

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

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