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: 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!

Kinzler Insulates Historic Boulder, CO Home

This historic home in Boulder is being converted into apartment units by Urban Green Development. Bringing the building up to code presented some unique challenges in achieving energy efficiency.

The experts at Kinzler Construction Services installed closed cell spray foam insulation to get to R-50 at the roof line. Batt insulation was used in much of the home and blown-in-blanket (BIBS) was installed in some areas because of its ability to form to small gaps and oddly sized obstructions. The finished project resulted in outstanding thermal performance and excellent sound control.

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

Kinzler Helps Achieve Superior Energy Efficiency in St. Paul, MN Passive House

Passive House in St Paul, MN
Passive House buildings consume up to 90% less energy than typical construction and provide a measurable, proven framework for reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.

The local experts at Kinzler Construction Services were hired as the insulation contractor for this cutting edge home. We started by installing Intello-Plus, which is an air barrier, smart vapor control, and dense-pack reinforcement all in one. A blower door test was performed before we installed blow-in cellulose insulation into the ceiling and walls.

“The Lexington Parkway Passive House is not only the first certified Passive House in the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota, but also a beacon for sustainability, resilience, easy ownership and aging-in-place.”
—Tim Delhey Eian, CPHD, TE Studio, Ltd. & Passive House Minnesota

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

 

 

Rigid Board Insulation

Kinzler was hired to install Rigid Board Insulation & fireproofing on this commercial project in Castle Rock, CO.

Kinzler Construction Services was hired to install Rigid Board Insulation and Fireproofing on this commercial construction project in Castle Rock, CO.

THERMAX Ci rigid insulation has many advantages:

  • Provides continuous insulation on the interior or exterior
  • One of the highest R-values available (R-6.5 at 1″)
  • Features a distinct free-rise technology for better product consistency, durability and fire performance over generic polyisocyanurate insulations
  • Approved for fire exposure
  • Contains UV-stable technology and can remain uncovered up to six months
  • It reduces the potential for condensation within the wall assembly resulting in long lasting performance due to its low perm rating and high insulating value
  • Eliminates the extra step of installing a membrane or building wrap
  • Can be installed exposed to the interior without a thermal barrier

Sound Dampening with Rockwool Insulation

Controlling sound between units at the Auberage of Tyler apartment community in Tyler, TX is a top priority for Abby Development and builder Hand Construction.

The local experts at Kinzler Construction Services installed rockwool blown-in-blanket insulation between floors and in shared walls at this new, 234-unit, high-class complex. Because of its high density, rockwool is great at reducing noise and absorbing sound.

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

© 2018 Kinzler Construction Services

Contact us for questions/comments