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Portland, Maine Insulation Spray Foam

This is a picture of a spray foam insulation job we recently did in the Portland Maine Area.  We sprayed closed cell foam in the wall cavities and on the ceiling.  This room is being used for indoor agriculture which produces a fairly humid environment.  Therefore, applying a vapor barrier product like out closed cell spray foam its a great choice.  It helps to contain the moisture in a way that it can be transported out of the heated space via the duct work in the wall system.

Installing Insulation in Portland Maine
Installing Insulation in Portland Maine

 

Maine Waterproofing and Air Barrier Contractor

We Now offer a full line of above grade and below grade waterproofing products in our Maine building market.

  • Below Grade spray applied water proofing membranes
  • Above Grade spray applied Air Barriers
  • Above Grade Spray applied Vapor Barriers
  • Rigid Board installation for above grade and below grade applications

 

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Maine Spray Water Proofing

In construction, a building or structure is waterproofed with the use of membranes and coatings to protect contents as well as protecting structural integrity. The waterproofing of thebuilding envelope in construction specifications is listed under “07 – Thermal and Moisture Protection” within MasterFormat 2004, by the Construction Specifications Institute, and includes roofing material as well as waterproofing materials[citation needed].

In building construction, waterproofing is a fundamental aspect of creating a building envelope, which is a controlled environment. The roof covering materials, siding, foundations, and all of the various penetrations through these surfaces need to be water-resistant and sometimes waterproof. Roofing materials are generally designed to be water-resistant and shed water from a sloping roof, but in some conditions, such as ice damming and on flat roofs, the roofing must be waterproof. Many types of waterproof membrane systems are available, including felt paper or tar paper with asphalt or tar to make a built-up roof, other bituminous waterproofing, EPDM rubber, hypalon,polyvinyl chloride, liquid roofing, and more.

Walls are not subjected to standing water, and the water-resistant membranes used as housewraps are designed to be breathable to let moisture escape. Walls also have vapour barriers or air barriers. Damp proofing is another aspect of waterproofing. Masonry walls are built with a damp-proof course to prevent rising damp, and the concrete in foundations needs to be damp-proofed or waterproofed with a liquid coating, basement waterproofingmembrane (even under the concrete slab floor where polyethylene sheeting is commonly used), or an additive to the concrete. A potential problem in earth sheltered houses is too much humidity, so waterproofing is critical in these houses. Water seepage can lead to mould growth causing significant damage and air quality issues. Properly waterproofing foundation walls is required to prevent deterioration and seepage.

The penetrations through a building envelope need to be built in a way such that water does not enter the building, such as using flashing and special fittings for pipes, vents, wires, etc. Some caulkings are durable, but many are not a reliable method of waterproofing.

Also, many types of geomembranes are available to control water, gases, or pollution.

Over the past two decades, the construction industry has had technological advances in waterproofing materials, including integral waterproofing systems as well as more advanced membrane materials. Integral systems such as hycrete work within the matrix of a concrete structure, giving the concrete itself a waterproof quality. There are two main types of integral waterproofing systems: the hydrophilic and the hydrophobic systems. A hydrophilic system typically uses a crystallisation technology that replaces the water in the concrete with insoluble crystals. Various brands available in the market claim similar properties, but not all can react with a wide range of cement hydration by-products and thus require caution. Hydrophobic systems use fatty acids to block pores within the concrete, preventing water passage.

Sometimes the same materials to keep water out of buildings are used to keep water in, such as pond or pool liners.

New membrane materials seek to overcome shortcomings in older methods like PVC and HDPE. Generally, new technology in waterproof membranes relies on polymer-based materials that are extremely adhesive to create a seamless barrier around the outside of a structure.

Waterproofing should not be confused with roofing since roofing cannot necessarily withstand hydrostatic head while waterproofing can.

The standards for waterproofing bathrooms in domestic construction have improved over the years, due in large part to the general tightening of building codes.

Spray Foam Insulation In Brunswick Maine

Installing Closed Cell Spray Foam In Brunswick, Maine
Installing Closed Cell Spray Foam In Brunswick, Maine
Spraying the underside of a roof deck on a commercial building
Spraying the underside of a roof deck on a commercial building

 

This was an interesting application where we sprayed an existing boat house.  Originally there was only fiberglass insulation in this building.  For building of this size that needs to be heated, the fiberglass was just not cutting it.  The fiberglass was removed and replaced with our Icynene Proseal which has an R-value of 7.1 per inch.

Maine Fireproofing Services

At Quantum Insulators we also provide our customers with professional Fireproofing services.  Call us now for pricing!!

(207) 338-3077  or email us at sales@quantuminsulators.com

Fireproofing Products Include:

DC 315: Certified Approved Thermal / Ignition Barrier over  Polyurethane and Icynene LD-C-50 spray-on foams.  DC 315 passed NFPA 286 and two UL1715 Room Fire Tests  at the highest spread rate on the market. DC 315 passed five additional Ignition Barrier (AC 377, Appendix X) at an incredible 400 sq. ft. per gallon. DC 315 is the most cost effective ignition and thermal barrier option on the market, “One Coat, One Product Solution”Warnock Hersey Listed. DC 315 is a Green Product, VOC is  Less then 50 g/l. What   is truly amazing about DC 315, it applies as easy as regular  latex paint and being a water base it cleans up in a snap. RECOMMENDED USES: This product is designed for use on interior polyurethane and Icynenefoam surfaces

USED BY: Schools,  Colleges, Nursing Homes, Child Care Centers, Hospitals, Penal  Institutions,  Apartments, Hotels, Factories, Warehouses, Retail Stores, Restaurants,  Utilities, Railroad and other Transportation Companies, Oil and Chemical   Installations, Military Installations, and other facilities where fire  retardant  coatings are required.

Installing Spray Foam Insulation in Portland Maine| Quantum Insulators

Here are just a couple pictures of a recent job that we did in Portland, Maine.  You can see how well the foam fills this fairly  complex framing structure.  This customer decided to use insulated panels on the wall and spray the roof deck with Icynene.  Please let us know if you have any special applications for foam that you would like us to discuss.  We have a large amount of pictures and there is a good chance that if it can be done then we have done it.  We are happy to answer any questions you have through this blog or by phone call.

Quantum Insulators-Installing Icynene Spray Foam Insulation in Bangor, Maine

Here are a few pictures from a recent job we completed in Bangor.  This just a basic before and after shot of the buildings roof deck.

Before foam was installed

Spraying Foam Insulation in Augusta, Maine

Here are a few pictures of a job that we recently finished in Augusta, Maine.  Take note on how well the foam fills the complex framing.

Once again this picture is just a good demonstration of well the foam adheres and conforms to the framing.

 

 

 

Spraying Foam Insulation In Mount Desert, Maine

This picture shows a hybrid system with Icynene open cell in the walls and Sips panels in the Roof.  This is a great system if you are building post and beam houses or you really want to preserve the existing roof in an old building like these.

Using Sips panels makes it easier to leave beams exposed while still insulating the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures show the steep incline of the road down to the camp.  These pictures just don’t do the hill justice.  We actually had to be pushed out by an excavator!

 

These Pictures show the two cottages that were sprayed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an interior shot of the first cottage.  Once again it shows how you can use a hybrid system with Sips panels and Spray Foam Insulation.

Closed Cell and Open Cell Hybrid in Belfast, Maine

On this job we decided to do a hybrid system.  We sprayed our open cell foam to the attic floor.  Then we sprayed the walls with closed cell.  We did this because this is a metal building.  The closed cell offers the rigidity and low vapor permeable material needed for metal buildings.  However we were able to spray open cell to the attic floor which provided our customer with decent savings on the project because our open cell is less expensive.

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Open Cell being installed in attic floor
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Closed Cell in the walls

Spraying insulation on Islesboro, Maine

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This is a large Retro-Fit that we did on Islesboro, Maine.  We sprayed the attic and sealed all of the mechanicals into the heated space.  This should cut their heating bills drastically.

Views of Penobscot Bay
Loading the Rig on the Ferry