Dahlstrom Real Estate needed a flooring solution for their new 8-unit apartment in Cedar Falls, IA, which would satisfy fire rating requirements and reduce sound between units. They hired Kinzler Construction Services to install Levelrock 2500 gypsum concrete underlayment. Gypsum concrete is a building material used as a floor underlayment in wood-frame and concrete construction for fire ratings, sound reduction, radiant heating, and floor leveling.
Kinzler crews installed 1 ½” Levelrock 2500 gypsum concrete underlayment over 2-1/2″ poly-styrene. The substrate was precast floor and wood subfloor on the 2nd and 3rd floor.
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Kinzler was hired by Hammerback Remodeling to insulate a custom lake home North of Bemidji, MN. Kinzler insulated the walls with five and a half inches of open-cell spray foam. Kinzler installed a hybrid insulation system in the attic, starting with three inches of open cell spray foam, and covered it with R-40 of blown fiberglass insulation to achieve an R-50 assembly. This created a very efficient and quiet home for our customer.
Because of the “bonus truss” roof system, the customer needed to install a roof venting system and spray foam in the roof area. This also allowed the customer to place heating and air conditioning ducts in the conditioned attic space.
Due to a vaulted roof system and mechanical ducts located in the attic space, Kinzler installed a polystyrene vent system and twelve inches of open-cell spray foam. To improve the overall performance, we also installed five and a half inches of open cell spray foam in the exterior walls. The result was an extremely well-insulated and quiet retirement home for the customer.
For a couple of years Go-Devil Boats, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had been facing issues with their existing insulation which was falling and causing a mess. High-R Metal Building Solutions came to the table with a cost-effective solution to solve their insulation issue and improve the aesthetics of their facility.
With over 30,000 square feet of area to install, High-R called upon Kinzler Construction Services of Ames, Iowa and Garland and Jones Insulating of Tyler, Texas to attack this project with a high level of experience and professionalism. While installing the new RetroPan system, the High-R crews worked safely around the employees of Go-Devil Boats on a daily basis, and kept up the production rates of both companies.
The project was completed in approximately 5 weeks, coming in on schedule and budget, without any major setbacks. With a satisfied customer and a great looking facility, this is just another success story for the High-R team.
Kinzler was hired to do excavationless foundation insulation at a home in Minneapolis. This home was built in 1907 and was recently purchased by a new homeowner that is in the process of turning it into a net-zero home, pursuing Green Star certification. The foundation insulation is one of the first items in this big project.
This is the third home where the excavationless foundation insulation procedure has been done. The procedure originally came out of a U.S. Department of Energy field study and involves using a Hydrovac truck to vacuum out a 4” trench of dirt down to the footings around the outside of a home. After that, 1.5” of rigid foam board is installed against the dirt and the remaining 2.5” of the cavity is filled with a special blend spray foam that was made specifically for this application.
The excavationless procedure works well on existing homes. The alternative approach is to use an excavator to dig out the foundation and insulate it using a different strategy. This alternative could take longer, be more expensive and will cause more damage to grass and landscaping.
In the next few months, when the home is ready, we will return and insulate the rest of the foundation above grade so there is a seamless transition between the exterior wall and the foundation insulation. Kinzler will also be insulating other areas of the home including the walls and ceilings. We are excited to be part of such an innovative project and is happy that the homeowner will now have a more comfortable, durable and energy-efficient home.
The customer had been experiencing ice dams for over 30 years. Raking the roof every winter was just a part of their normal routine and they learned that taking a vacation during the winter was not possible after coming home to ice dam damage and water intrusion. Upon consideration of selling their home, they were curious to see if this long-standing problem could be resolved because they did not want to pass on the burden of ice dams to a new potential homeowner.
A home performance assessment was conducted to create a specific scope of work aimed towards preventing ice dams and improving overall home performance. It was determined that air sealing, adding insulation to the attic and ensuring proper attic ventilation was necessary. The work was performed and a final test was conducted to gather data for comparison. The overall air leakage of the home was reduced by 20%. Not only are ice dams no longer an issue, but the overall energy efficiency and comfort of the home have greatly increased. Now the homeowners feel that anyone would be lucky to live in their high performance home.