Case Studies

Insulation & Air Sealing Case Studies: Spray Foam Insulation in Webster, NY Attic

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Ted Messner


The Atkisson's just moved into a new house and wanted to take advantage of our home energy and repair services. After identifying some problems, the Atkisson's agreed that having the work performed would help prevent the problems from worsening. When we arrived, the home had inconsistent temperatures upstairs and a damp/cold basement. These are tell-tale signs for high utility bills!


After evaluating the Atkisson's new home, we identified several ways to help them save energy and money, and live more comfortably in their new home! The attic needed some insulation, we chose to use 5-6 inches of spray foam insulation in this Webster, NY home. We used open cell spray foam along the sloped ceiling and the gabble ends in the attic, and 2 inches of closed cell spray foam along the rim joist and the basement windows. We also wanted to be sure that the basement ceiling was properly sealed and that all exterior doors had the appropriate weather stripping. In addition, we had to correct the bath fan so that it properly vented to the outside.

The spray foam in the attic will considerably reduce the air leakage and help keep the upstairs warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The owners now have a small space heater up there to keep it nice and warm, but eventually plans to finish the space. The basement is no longer drafty and moist!

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