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Insulating Older & Historic Homes

The 120+ year-old Jester-Butler-Clyde House in the historic Charnwood District of Tyler, TX.
The 120+ year-old Jester-Butler-Clyde House in the historic Charnwood District of Tyler, TX.

Owners of historic homes may find things like corn cobs, newspaper, wood shavings or bricks in their walls for insulation. Fortunately, today’s insulation options are much higher performing. When installed properly, insulating older and historic homes can make your home more comfortable and can save you up to 50 percent on utility bills!  

Special consideration needs to be taken with older and historic homes in order to maximize energy savings while preserving the historic character. You can request a free home visit from one of our insulation experts by filling out our easy online form or calling 888-292-2382.

Older Homes CAN Be Made More Energy Efficient

Air sealing & insulating a few key places in historic homes—attics, crawl spaces, basements—provides the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of damage. 

Wall insulation can sometimes be problematic in historic structures. That’s because it’s difficult for people with inexperience to install it properly due to the unpredictable nature of historic walls.

  • There may be old knob and tube wiring in the wall which would present a fire hazard.
  • Blocking, fire stops, or forgotten or obsolete chases will result in cold pockets. Anywhere the insulation does not or cannot reach, such as the junction between the exterior wall and the floor joists, can create thermal bridging.
  • Blowing insulation into lath and plaster walls can potentially cause the plaster to detach from the furring, necessitating extensive repairs.

Historic Tyler, TX Home Insulated by Kinzler

Kinzler using blown-in fiberglass insulation to insulate the home to increase energy efficiency with minimal disturbance to existing finishes of the historic home.
Kinzler used blown-in fiberglass insulation to insulate this home because we were able to increase energy efficiency with minimal disturbance to existing finishes of the historic home.

The insulation experts at Kinzler Construction Services (Home of Garland & Jones Insulation) were hired to insulate the 120+ year old Jester-Butler-Clyde House in the historic Charnwood District of Tyler, TX. Its new owners are doing extensive renovation work, which they contracted with Canfield Construction Management.

One of the projects involves turning a space on the second floor into a laundry room. This area of the home did not have any insulation, so introducing it needed to be done carefully and with particular attention given to proper ventilation.

Kinzler installers carefully removed a piece of wood paneling on a sloped ceiling to gain access into the walls without damaging the structure. Blown-in fiberglass insulation was the best option for this project because we were able to complete the install and increase energy efficiency with minimal disturbance to existing finishes of the historic home.

Kinzler Can Help

Kinzler Construction Services (Home of Garland & Jones Insulation) has the experts to install insulation in your older or historic home. Contact us today at 888-292-2382. to discuss how we can partner on your next project!

Project Profile: Hog Building Insulation

Aging hog barn that had more insulation blown into the attic by Kinzler Construction Services
An aging hog barn that had more insulation blown into the attic by Kinzler Construction Services.

Our team of agriculture insulation specialists recently insulated attics in this Iowa hog facility with blown-in cellulose. Fiberglass and Cellulose are both cost-effective insulation options which provides good thermal performance, sound reduction and long-term cost savings on utility bills.

Blown-in cellulose insulation in the attic of an aging hog barn.
Blown-in cellulose insulation used in the hog barn attic.

With over 35 years of experience in insulation, Kinzler Construction Services brings innovation and building science research to your new or existing ag buildings.

Contact us today to see how Kinzler Construction Services can partner on your next project!

Project Profile: St. Mary’s University Residence Hall

A Kinzler insulation installer blows in insulation in a ceiling.

Students at St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN will have a comfortable, energy efficient place to live thanks in part to the insulation experts at Kinzler Construction Services!

Batt insulation installed in walls at St. Mary's University residence hall.
Batt insulation installed by Kinzler in the walls of a residence hall at St. Mary’s University.

Kinzler was hired to install insulation at the residence hall, including:

We followed our proven process for quality installation by inspecting the completed job and grading our installers on the quality of their work. 

Contact us today to see how Kinzler Construction Services can partner on your next project!

Project Profile: Ensuring Comfort Throughout Existing Home + New Addition

Our team of local insulation experts recently insulated this Denver home. The contractor needed to blend old construction with new – and maintain the same level of comfort throughout. 

An expert installer from Kinzler Construction Services installs spray foam insulation.

Kinzler installed spray foam, blown-in-blanket, batt insulation and foam board to smoothly blend the old and the new while ensuring a proper thermal boundary for future comfort and energy savings. We followed our proven process for quality installation by inspecting the completed job and grading our installers on the quality of their work. 

With over 35 years of experience in insulation, Kinzler Construction Services brings innovation and building science research to your jobsite.

Contact us today to see how Kinzler Construction Services can partner on your next project!

Project Profile: School Spray Foam

An expert installer from Kinzler Construction Services applies spray foam at Cumberland Academy High School in Tyler, TX.

Our team of local insulation experts were recently hired to install spray foam insulation at the new Cumberland Academy High School in Tyler.

The 2″ closed cell spray foam we installed offers an R-Value of R-7 per inch, providing superior thermal performance with seamless air sealing and moisture control in a single step.

We followed our proven process for quality installation by inspecting the completed job and grading our installers on the quality of their work. 

Kinzler Construction Services brings innovation and building science research to your jobsite. Our roots in Texas go back to the early 1940’s. Contact us today to see how Kinzler Construction Services can partner on your next project!

Customer Testimonial

“Kinzler did a great job on the foam insulation in my basement. The detailing in a spray foam application is really important. Otherwise, proper air-seal is not achieved. When the installers arrived, we walked through the project and identified all the tricky aspects and made plans for how to address them. I was most impressed with the finished install. I am a licensed General Contractor, so I have a pretty critical eye. They also did a great job of cleaning up afterwards. Besides the foam in the walls, one could not tell they have been there. Overall, I was very happy, and I would recommend Kinzler to anyone who wants a quality insulation job”

-Sean M.

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