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Maine Insulation Contractor

Maine insulation contractor Quantum Performance Building Products offers a variety of insulation products.  We have been is business for over 12 years now and have had the fortune of working on thousands of projects.  Below is a quick write up on the different things to keep in mind when insulating a new or old home in Maine.   In Maine insulation is very important for your wallet, your health, and of course your comfort!

An Attic installed by one of our lead guys with 20 years of experience!
Does it really make sense to spend more for better insulation?

This is a complex question.  However, there are a few basic things to keep in mind.  Generally speaking, the days of fiberglass batt insulation are over.  If you are building a new home or renovating an old home choosing better insulation always makes sense.  Even if your on a budget it always makes since to invest up front for a better insulation package.  The reason behind this is that insulation is the one thing you can do to your home that will pay you back year after year after year!  Maine insulation contractor Quantum Performance Building Products will help you save money!

What is the primary way heat is lost in a house?

There has been a major push on the internet to make this topic as confusing as possible.  Let me break it down very simply.  Condensation and heat loss explained.

  • Air is KING!  Air is how heat is lost.  Just open your window in the winter and feel cold air rushing in.  Its amazing the when a product is tested for how well it stops heat loss air is not part of the consideration!  Thats why we can’t compare an air porus insulation like fiberglass to an air barrier material like spray foam just using R-value.
  • Air is also the primary transport of moisture.  99 percent of all moisture travels in air.
  • Condensation or “moisture” is created when warm air from inside your wall comes in contact with your cold exterior sheathing.  This is a universal truth.
  • When choosing an insulation don’t look so much at R-value to compare them and try to understand that with air barrier materials R-value really doesn’t matter.  Try to think of everything in terms of how well that material stops air from moving.  Air is everything in terms of heat loss for the same reason we wear jackets made of air barrier materials in the winter.  Stopping air movement is always the key.

Hierarchy of insulation materials

 

Fibeglass Batts

Fiberglass Batts are at the bottom of the list.  Fiberglass batts allow air to freely pass through insulation.  Air is the number 1 source of heat loss.  Any insulation that allows a high amount of air to pass through it will not perform correctly.

Roxul Batts

Roxul Batts have a leg up on fiberglass batts.  This is due to the fact that roxul is denser than a standard fiberglass batt.  Since it is more dense it allows less air to move through it.  Therefore, less heat is lost.  It also has the added benefit of being a better sound dampening material than fiberglass batts.  It is important to remember that although Roxul Batts are better than Fibeglass Batts it is still air porus.  Therefore, air will still transport heat through the material.  Its not a bad choice for a home owner on a budget who wants to do the job themselves.

Densepack Cellulose and Fiberglass

Densepack Cellulose and Fiberglass both perform similar.  These products are also air porus.  However, when installed to the correct density densepack systems will restrict more airflow than roxul thus perform better.  I would caution anyone using this system to only use the most reputable companies.   This is because there are a lot of companies that don’t check their density after applying.  If the density is not correct the product will not perform well.  This is especially true of roof decks that are dense packed.  It may look good from the outside but the inside its not.  With a batt product or a foam product what you see is what you get.  The density is pretty much always the same.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation really is the best insulation on the market in terms of performance regardless of Open Cell or Closed Cell.  Generally speaking you can get the same performance out of an R-20 of spray foam that takes over R80 of cellulose, fiberglass, or roxul.   This is because spray foam stops all air movement within the stud bay our roofdeck.   Stopping air flow also stops heat loss and condensation.  Remember condensation on exterior sheathing is a sign of heat loss due to warm air from inside your wall system or roofdeck hitting the cold exterior sheathing.  Its that simple!

 

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Maine Flat Roofing Contractor

Maine Flat Roofing Contractor!  Quantum Performance Building Products is offer the Versa Roof System.

Don’t go the traditional route of Rubber Roofing systems or TPO.  Look at the new liquid applied roofing systems!

Vera Roof is a similar product to a spray on bedliner except it is designed for roofing.  A couple of the benefits are below.

  • Liquid Applied to it can conform to any design with out flashing problems
  • Terminates by itself.  Does not need adhesives or termination bars.
  • Can be applied down to 0 degrees!  Whit is a great selling point for Maine.
  • Sets up in 15 seconds ready for as many coats as you want to put on.  This is great because the thickness can be increased to whatever you or your client wants.
  • Is fully adhered to the substrate.  EPDM, which is the traditional method of roofing in Maine, is not fully adhered.  This means if there is ever a puncture the water will run behind the EPDM.  This will not happen with Versa Roof.
  • Is long lasting

Quantum Is The Maine Flat Roofing Contractor!

THE VERSAROOF™ ADVANTAGE

Celebrating 25 years as an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance elastomeric coatings, VersaFlex, Inc. continues to pride itself on setting industry standards. Advancements in liquid-applied systems has allowed us to offer building owners the highest quality solutions for their roofing and waterproofing needs with the introduction of VersaRoof™VersaRoof™ offers the largest choice of membrane and primer solutions in the industry with innovative Polyurea technology.

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Flat Roof Systems In Maine With Polyurea

GREEN ROOFS

As green building is becoming more popular, an application that is seeing a large increase in popularity is Green Roofs. These rooftop gardens provide greater environmental benefits, as well as aesthetically pleasing additions to modern structures.

An extremely important aspect of green roofs is having an adequate waterproofing membrane installed beneath the organic material which makes up the rooftop garden. VersaFlex pure polyurea and performance modified protective coatings provide the ultimate waterproofing solution for these types of applications. The seamless, monolithic nature of our coating systems makes them the first choice of architects and engineers when designing and building a green roof structure.

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Maine Spray Foam Insulation

Meat Processing Blast Freezer!

Maine Spray Foam Insulation! Quantum Performance Building Products offers a variety of insulation products including spray foam insulation, Roxul, Fiberglass, Bib System, and Cellulose.

This Article is one of many regarding insulating in Maine. We share with you jobs we have done in the past. We look at what kind of building was done, where it was done, what the problem was, and how we were able to solve the problem. Insulation use in Maine is a hot topic. There is a ton of poor information out there being promoted by manufacturers and other interested groups. A lot of which, has been derived from computer simulations and not real world experience.

Quantum installs over 200 projects a year with insulation in Maine. We have been doing so since 2008 and we install all different types of insulation materials. Through removal of old insulation, contact with our customers, feedback, and even call backs we have a very clear picture of insulation materials work in which situations.

Feel free to call us with any questions at 342-3077. Also be sure look at past post regarding insulation in Maine. https://sprayfoaminsulationmaine.com/the-best-insulation-to-use-in-maine-solved/

The Job

This insulation job was very similar to jobs we have completed in the past. Our customer had a new butcher shop. Therefore, he had three freezers one of which was a blast freezer. That was the most critical in regards to insulation and heat lost. Instead of buying the freezers the customer decided to build them out of wood framing. This was due to the size and the over all cost. So we had to spec out an insulation system that was cost effective, would handle the thermal requirements, and also handle the moisture drive. In this situation we chose closed cell spray foam for the coolers and Icynene open cell spray foam for the rest of the building.

The Problem

The Blast Freezer had to be capable of reaching a frigid 40 degrees below zero on a constant basis! Obviously this is very cold will test all of the materials build into the system. One of the problems with such a cold room is moisture drive.

Air transports over 95 percent of all moisture through a walls system or roof. Also warm air always travels to cold air. That is a law of thermal dynamics. If its 70 degrees in the main part of the building but its -40 in the cooler, there will be a large amount of moisture trying to drive its way into the cooler. If the moisture hits a cold surface it will condensate and will not dry because the dive is constantly inward. A House in Maine acts differently because in the summer the drive is inward and in the winter it is outward.

The Solution Spray Foam Insulation!

We prescribed using a closed cell spray foam insulation from Icynene. We chose this product for a couple reasons. In Maine Spray Foam Insulation is normally the best choice.

  • All spray foams are air barriers. Therefore, the warm air will always be stopped from hitting any cold surface within the structure. This is true of both open and closed cell spray foams.
  • Closed Cell spray foam is also a vapor barrier. Granted 95 percent of moisture is being stopped because the insulation is an air barrier. However, because the drive is constantly going one direction and will really never have the chance to dry we believe its a good idea to stop as much of the moisture as possible. The vapor barrier component will stop the remaining 5 percent of moisture.

How much R-value?

We used R-20 in the walls and R-28 in the ceiling. A lot of people don’t know this but once R-20 is reached a spray foam 95 percent of the heat-flow is stopped. That is another law of thermal dynamics. This is all due to the air flow being stopped. Feel free to look at the attached picture.

Spray Foam Insulation R-value
Interior Wall

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Installing the Kemper System for a Green Roof!

Installing during December in Maine is not easy with a product like this.

Green roofs are considered an integral part of a sustainable building strategy. Kemper System offers a single-source warranty for green roof assemblies comprised of liquid-applied waterproofing membrane, insulation, drain mat, retention mat, filter sheet, growing media and in some instances, the plantings as well.

Kemper Systemís monolithic, seamless, rot and root resistant membranes can accommodate virtually any roof landscaping design offering long-term peace-of-mind solutions for extensive landscaped green roof overburdens.

Benefits

Odor-free assembly for sensitive areas and occupied buildings
Monolithic, seamless membrane that fully adheres to the surface
Rot and root resistant, impervious to bio-deterioration
Carries overburden such as growing media, pavers, etc.
For extensive green roof design and  planters
Up to 80 % renewable resource content
Single-source warranty on the full roof assembly
Stripping in the seams of the plywood with Kemper. Also, wrapped up the face of the step with kemper. This product is perfect for applications like this. There are no seams. It is completely monolithic once installed. This job posed a challenge because it was under a tent in the winter time. We had to work around all of the staging legs. Priming the surface, letting it dry, then putting the membrane on, letting that dry, then moving the staging over and repeating! It was technical to say the least.

Another picture of the water proofing membrane used to reinforce the joints of the plywood. The plywood has a primer on it. The Liquid Kemper is applied to the joints with fabric embedded in it. Then another layer of liquid kemper is applied on top of that.
This is a good picture showing the fleece fabric being rolled out with the final layer of liquid kemper applied to it.
This shows a typical corner with the fleece being precut to accept the kemper liquid resin. The plywood is primed.

My experience with kemper I see the following benefit over traditional EPDM rubber roofing.

  • 25 Year Warranty which includes removing rooftop decking or green roof materials. For a residential application with a rooftop deck or green roof you would be lucky to get a 5 year warranty with EPDM.
  • There are no seams
  • The material self terminates so there is no fasteners or adhesives needed.
  • Should be used in the areas where a leak can’t be afforded. Any deck over living space, green roof, patio, terrace, even on highend homes with flat roofing who don’t want to have to service their roof and want to get it done once without having to think about it down the road.

Give us as call! 342-3077 or email sales@quantuminsulators.com

Maine Spray Foam Insulation!

Installing Icynene Spray Foam Insulation in Yarmouth, Maine at the new Wescustogo Community Center. Thanks for the opportunity to serve the community and provide the Town of Yarmouth with extremely efficient building!

Quantum Spray Foam Insulation Truck Parked Outside new Community Center
Spray Foam Insulation work started in the Main Hall areas. This is Icynene Classic Spray Foam. This product has been on the market for 30 Years! Most documented product on the market.

At the Wescustogo Community Hall we installed our Icynene Classic Spray Foam Insulation. The town really wanted to find what the best product would be to stay on budget while not sacrificing efficiency. The original plan called for an extremely high R-70 spray foam system. The price was obviously very high and really unrealistic. The team at Quantum explained to the town through a sophisticated energy model that we could achieve the same performance with just R-20. This is due to the fact that sprayfoam insulation stops about 95 percent of heat flow at R-20. Putting more than that in is simply a waste of money. Feel free to look at our pas article regarding spray foam insulation and the economic thickness. https://sprayfoaminsulationmaine.com/the-best-insulation-to-use-in-maine-solved/

The net result was that we provided a system to the town that was drastically less than the original for a fraction of the cost.

Call us to learn more about how you can do this on your project! 342-3077

Below are a few reason why we use Icynene Classic Spray Foam Insulation on many of our projects.

  • We recommend using Icynene Open Cell Spray Foam
  • The number one reason is that it is water blown. This means that there are no harmful blowing agents in the material.
  • The only gas that exists within the material is air. Therefore, there is no off gassing with this product. It also means that there is no gas within it that can break down the insulation over time. That was a problem about 10 years ago when people were digging into houses sprayed with closed cell which used a poor blowing agent. The foam had broken down over time. This supposed to not be happening any more.
  • Icynene Open Cell has 30 years of documented use in northern climates. Some of the closed cells we are spraying now are only 6 months old. They have been constantly reformulating closed cell spray foams over the past 30 years to make them healthier and more affordable. So how do we know those products will still be performing well 20 years from now. With Icynene Open Cell we know because of its history.
  • Icynene Open Cell is vapor open. This will allow any moisture that does get in will always be able to get out. One common issue we have seen over the years is below windows or doors that were not flashed correctly. Water was able to get in. When closed cell foam was used we found rotting because that moisture was not allowed to get out.
  • With all open cells or closed cells if not installed properly there can be issues. However, if installed correctly those issues don’t exist. With open cell sometimes there can be some pull away from the studs if the material is too hot. This is fixed very easily by going around the whole building and just touching up with the gun in those areas. You don’t see this happen much with closed cell. However, if the wall is damp the closed cell will not adhere at all. The point is if a product is not installed correctly then you may see pull away but it really is not something that should be factored into your decision on what product to use. Just make sure those areas are touched up.
  • Open cell absorbs about 80 percent of reflective sound. Closed Cell absorbs about 30 percent.
  • The payback with our open cell performance system is 1-2 years over fiberglass compared to around 10 years with a closed cell R-49 system.

The Best Insulation To Use in Maine Solved!

Installing Insulation Materials in Portland, Maine. Maine’s best insulation contractor!

At Quantum Performance Building Products we believe in customer service. We have been in business for 11 years. We have used all of the different types of insulation available. Below is some information on what we recommend. We believe that we have found the “sweet spot” taking into consideration cost, performance, and of course payback. We provide our customers with the correct amount of insulation without going over board. Most people don’t know that once a wall reaches an R-value of 20 with Open Cell Spray Foam Isulation, 95 percent of the heat loss is stopped! At Quantum we pride ourselves on coming up with the correct solution for your house. There is so much information out there but as insulation experts we have worked it out. Everything we say, we can back up with documentation. Whereas, most of our competitors can’t. Please also keep in mind that we offer everything. Open Cell, Closed Cell, Fiberglass, Bib, Cellulose. This is how we know which system work and which ones dont.

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Quick Tips Regarding Insulation in Maine

R-value does not take into consideration heat loss due to air movement. Both open cell and closed cell insulation materials are “air barriers”. Comparing an air porous insulation to and air barrier material by looking at the R-value just doesn’t work. Below are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Just because we are in Maine it doesn’t mean you need more R-value
  • R-20 of spray foam stops about 95 percent of heat loss
  • R-49 of spray foam stops about 97 percent of heat loss. Therefore, you have paid a lot of extra money for only a small amount of increased performance (look at attached chart). Where is the payback in that?
  • Spray foam will stop warm air from penetrating the insulation and condensing on the cold roof/wall sheathing regardless if its open cell or closed cell.
  • If you stop the air flow you should not need to apply a vapor barrier in Maine regardless of open cell or closed cell. In fact, not having a vapor barrier will help if there is a leak because the roof will be able to dry quicker. For fiberglass, roxul, or cellulose it may make a good idea because all of those products allow warm air to pass through and condense on the sheathing.
  • All fiber products will allow condensation to occur. Always keep in mind if you see condensation you know that you are loosing heat. Heat loss by air movement is what causes condensation. Always. Condensation does not occur from a product being vapor open or vapor closed. It is simply coincidence that air permeable insulation like fiberglass, roxul, and cellulose are also vapor open. Open Cell Spray foam is an air barrier but is also vapor open.
  • Open Cell Foam will allow water to penetrate and drain through it in a roofdeck. Once the water source is fixed the material will dry and retain its R-value.
  • Open Cell Spray Foam does not act like a sponge. It has been installed in millions of homes all over the world in cold climates with zero documented issues. If someone tells your that ask for documentation. Remember, no insulation should ever be used to stop water from entering a house. Regardless of what insulation you use other than Blue Board, if the insulation is submerged in water it will be come saturated over time. If your walls are submerged in water you have a much bigger problem than what insulation was used. This sounds silly but we hear all the time “won’t open cell spray foam let water into it?”. The answer is yes of course. However, once your leak is fixed the material will dry with no adverse affects. The added benefit being if you see a leak in your roof, you will no exactly where it is. With closed cell spray foam it can be very hard to find a leak because it traps the water. This I actually have seen in real life. I have witnessed open cell get wet and dry as well.
  • Companies that don’t offer Open Cell will try to bash it. This is because we can insulate a whole house for almost half the cost! The companies that push closed cell want to sell you the most expensive package possible. Its also possible that they are just ill informed.
  • Be careful what you read online. Unfortunately most of the information on the internet is pushed by some sort of an agenda. Make sure claims are backed up with actual real world testing of houses that have been in service for a number of years and then inspected. Below I am going to attach a few documents of tests just like that.

Quick Points on Economic Thickness

  • Shows how putting in 5 inches of an Open Cell Spray Foam will stop 95 percent of heat-loss
  • Most contractors will try to get you to put in atleast R-38 of a spray foam. This is very expensive and does not pay you back.
  • R-20 of Open Cell is about 5 inches of material. This is more than enough to cover everything efficiently.
  • Open Cell does not contain any gas like closed cell does. Closed cell will off-gas over time and lose some of its R-value.
  • Open Cell will not lose its R-value or off-gas.
  • If closed cell gets wet the R-value will be cut in half.
Graph Explaining How R-value Works In Regards To Actual Heat Loss With Spray Foam


For those that are not very tech savvy I can give your the quick points – Vancouver

  • All buildings checked has Icynene Open Cell installed a number of years previous
  • Some buildings had vapor barriers and some did not.
  • Some buildings had good ventilation and some did not.
  • Every building had a small section of insulation ripped out and the exterior sheathing was tested for moisture content.
  • RESULTS! Every single building tested showed that the exterior sheathing did not have a high moisture level.

Final Thoughts

  • We recommend using Icynene Open Cell Spray Foam
  • The number one reason is that it is water blown. This means that there are no harmful blowing agents in the material.
  • The only gas that exists within the material is air. Therefore, there is no off gassing with this product. It also means that there is no gas within it that can break down the insulation over time. That was a problem about 10 years ago when people were digging into houses sprayed with closed cell which used a poor blowing agent. The foam had broken down over time. This supposed to not be happening any more.
  • Icynene Open Cell has 30 years of documented use in northern climates. Some of the closed cells we are spraying now are only 6 months old. They have been constantly reformulating closed cell spray foams over the past 30 years to make them healthier and more affordable. So how do we know those products will still be performing well 20 years from now. With Icynene Open Cell we know because of its history.
  • Icynene Open Cell is vapor open. This will allow any moisture that does get in will always be able to get out. One common issue we have seen over the years is below windows or doors that were not flashed correctly. Water was able to get in. When closed cell foam was used we found rotting because that moisture was not allowed to get out.
  • With all open cells or closed cells if not installed properly there can be issues. However, if installed correctly those issues don’t exist. With open cell sometimes there can be some pull away from the studs if the material is too hot. This is fixed very easily by going around the whole building and just touching up with the gun in those areas. You don’t see this happen much with closed cell. However, if the wall is damp the closed cell will not adhere at all. The point is if a product is not installed correctly then you may see pull away but it really is not something that should be factored into your decision on what product to use. Just make sure those areas are touched up.
  • Open cell absorbs about 80 percent of reflective sound. Closed Cell absorbs about 30 percent.
  • The payback with our open cell performance system is 1-2 years over fiberglass compared to around 10 years with a closed cell R-49 system.

We hope this was helpful. Its obviously in favor of Open Cell spray foam but sometimes there is a right way and a wrong way. Especially when looking at the dollars. Call us today! 342-3077

Augusta Maine Insulation Contractor

About Us

Augusta Maine Insulation Contractor, Quantum Performance Building Products offers a wide choice of insulation materials.  We offer Open Cell Icynene Spray Foam Insulation, Icynene Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation, Roxul Batt Insulation, Fiberglass Batt Insulation, and Fiberglass Bib Insulation Systems.  Quantum is Maine’s top insulation contractor doing hundreds of projects a year.  We are family owned and operated going into our 11th year as an insulation contractor.  Quantum is the Augusta Maine Insulation Contractor.

The Job

The below job is a mid size metal building that we sprayed Augusta Maine with Icynene Closed Cell Spray Foam.  We used the spray foam insulation for the thermal envelope and used Roxul for sound in the interior walls.

We generally use spray foam insulation in the exterior walls and roof.  This is because it is by far the best insulation material on the market today.  This is due to the fact that the material is an air barrier.  Roxul is not.  There is no way to make a product like Roxul or fiberglass perform as good as a spray foam in the exterior envelope.  How do we know this?  We know this from experience.  By far Spray Foam Insulation offers our clients the best experience and we get the most positive feedback from that product.  Fiberglass and Roxul insulation have their place to but that is pretty much on the interior walls only.

Result

The client was extremely happy.  The job was done on time.  The building performed as it should.  The job site was clean when we left!

Pictures

Augusta Maine Spray Foam Insulation

Bangor Maine Insulation Contractor

Bangor Maine’s Insulation Contractor.

Quantum Performance Building Products is the Bangor Maine insulation contractor.  Here is a job we did in Down East Maine.  We put 9 inches of closed cell spray foam in the roofdeck.  Therefore, we had to do multiple passes with our gun on the roofdeck.  This made the job especially challenging because the whole roofdeck needed staging in a few areas.  We used Icynene HFO spray foam insulation for the envelope and used Roxul insulation for sound insulation.  Overall, we were able to keep the customer on schedule because we worked as a team and had more than one team going to install the insulation.  We had two spray foam insulation crews and fiber insulation crew onsite to get this job done on time.  We are the most experience insulation contractor in the sate.  If you want your insulation job right give us a call!

 

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Maine Insulation Contractor

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Using Double Rigs To Spray Foam Insulation! Getting the Jobs Done On Time

At Quantum we have the ability of sending multiple rigs to one site.  This helps us get jobs done quicker while not sacrificing quality of workmanship.  We provide spray foam insulation all over the state of Maine.  From Bar Harbor to Rockland to Portland and beyond.  Give us a call if you need a job sprayed the right way and completed on schedule.  We are Maines insulation contractor.

 

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