Services

At Virginia Foam Insulators we offer the most advanced money-saving insulation services on the market for residential and commercial projects. With Virginia Foam, you can trust you are receiving the highest quality services at the most affordable rate. Whether you need an energy audit or a product that's soundproof and resistant to the most severe weather conditions, we've got you covered.

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Virginia Foam Sealing Package

At Virginia Foam Insulators we take pride in our work. To this end we utilize the Virginia Foam Sealing package to ensure that the job you receive does what we say it will because in all honesty, the job is only as good as the technicians who are putting it in.  When we come to your home or business we do not just show up and begin spraying our products. At Virginia Foam Insulators, we do the following:

First we will review the building structure to identify air infiltration points and to prep for access those areas typically not reachable (an example of this can sometimes be found where two walls meet.  On occasion, builders will leave a void in the corner that can allow air to transit from the outside directly to the inside, bypassing the insulation in the wall cavities)

We will also begin prepping for our primary spraying by sealing all cracks and joints around windows, doors, and sill plates with low expansion foam and caulk. We will prep all windows, doors or other valuable items by covering them with plastic and tape to ensure that they are not damaged by overspray. When the installation is complete, we will remove all debris, as well as plastic and tape from windows, doors and valuables, leaving the site cleaner than when we arrived.

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Consultation Services

If you are working on a home improvement project and are looking to address your insulation needs, Virginia Foam can help. For a one-time charge of $69.00, you can hire one of our foam insulation experts as a consultant. This one-hour consultation will give you a chance to ask your insulation questions, get recommendations on materials and best practices, get a cost breakdown and evaluate other contractor offers so you can be sure you are getting the best deal.

If you have already received insulation proposals, you can email the proposals to us along with your contact information to sales@virginiafoam.com and we will be happy to evaluate each contractor's technical approach, cost realism relative to the approach, propose possible alternative approaches for you to pursue with the contractors, and assist you in arriving at an educated and cost effective decision that will best meet your needs.

To meet with one of our insulation consultants, please contact us via email and provide your contact information (email, home phone, cell phone, and best time to reach you) or call us toll free at 888-569-7846. We will contact you within 24 hours to schedule the telephone consult.

Virginia Foam Insulators' Consulting Services are only offered to homeowners and home builders located outside of the company's service area. Call today.

Energy Audits

A Virginia Foam Insulators Energy Audit is the first step in tracking your home's energy use. We perform audits in existing homes as well as for clients who would like it conducted as part of a home inspection prior to making that all important purchase. Each audit is performed by our certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Inspectors and uses the latest in blower door testing and thermal imaging technology to identify where insulation and moisture issues exist within the building structure. Virginia Foam Insulator's will guide you through the process during the audit, pointing out your homes deficiencies. Following the audit we will provide you with a written report that indicates a clear path for you to follow to increase your homes energy efficiency. Correcting the deficiencies that we identify could lower your energy costs, increase the comfort in your home, and reduce your carbon footprint in the environment.

Blower Door Test

The standard blower door test is a depressurization test and is done by placing a high speed fan unit in the frame of an exterior door and sucking the air out of the house so as to create a negative pressure in the building. From the air passing through the fan, our BPI inspectors are able to calculate the number of times per hour all the air in your house is changed out, thus allowing us to quantify your homes air leakage.

Thermal Imaging

Using the latest in Infrared camera technology, our technicians can pinpoint air infiltration and loss. Thermal imaging inspections can be purchased independently or can be a part of your typical energy audit. This is especially valuable if you are looking to purchase a new home. By seeing where your leaks are and how extensive the insulation depreciation is, you can catch future problems that may develop down the road like poorly insulated walls, unsealed windows, and water damage, giving you the knowledge you need to make a wise investment.

We invite you to accompany us as we inspect your home, and we welcome any questions you may have regarding the inspection and images we obtain.

Virginia Foam Insulators offers two Audit Packages to homeowners located within 30 miles of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Audit Package #1

- Full visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your home

- Measuring of existing insulation levels

- Infrared camera thermographic inspection

- Bullet Point Report detailing audit findings with recommended improvement plan

$99
Audit Package #2

- Full visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your home

- Measuring of existing insulation levels

- Infrared camera thermographic inspection

- Blower door testing to determine air tightness of the building shell

- Bullet Point Report detailing audit findings with recommended improvement plan

$299 Now $199

(Lynchburg Metro Area Only, up to 2,000 sq. ft.)

$399 Now $299

(Lynchburg Metro Area Only, over 2,000 sq. ft.)

Retrofit Services

Inadequate insulation and air leakage are the primary causes of energy waste in most homes costing American families $100s of millions every year in higher energy bills. To address this problem, Virginia Foam Insulators offers a variety of insulation products and systems that can be installed in your attic, crawl space, and walls, to save you money as well as make your house feel more comfortable. At Virginia Foam Insulators our goal is to make your walls, ceilings and floors feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. We accomplish this by not focusing on the R-value (learn about the R-Value myth) of your insulation, but rather by promoting and installing products that stop unwanted airflow into and out of your home.

If you have recently experienced storm damage in which your attic or crawl space insulation became wet, you should have it removed as soon as possible. Wet insulation can quickly lead to mold and mildew problems that can create a hazardous health situation for the homes occupants as well as lead to drywall and other structural issues. At Virginia Foam Insulators we specialize in removing both wet and dry insulation from the household. Once the space has been thoroughly cleaned and dried out, Virginia Foam Insulators can install new fiberglass insulation. Many of our clients also choose to use this unfortunate event to finally upgrade to Virginia Foam Insulators sprayed Polyurethane foam insulation to significantly improve their home's energy performance. Below, we have provided you with our most popular options for resolving damaged and wet insulation in your attic and crawl space. Contact us today at 434-386-3130 or via email at sales@virginiafoam.com

Attics

By some estimates attics represent up to 40% of your homes energy loss, and for that same reason the attic is the place where most homeowners can get the biggest return for their insulation buck. Attics are also usually one of the few places in a finished home where Virginia Foam Insulators can get access to the unfinished part of your home's envelope. As a result, we are able to use a number of our products individually or in combination to address your particular insulation and financial needs. Below we provide our general recommendations for dealing with the retrofitting of the attic with insulation

Install Blown-In Fiberglass insulation over your existing insulation to bring your attic up to a minimum of at least an R-38. Keep in mind this is the minimum you should have. Unfortunately, most homes today do not have anywhere near this much insulation in the attic. Blown-In Fiberglass represents the cheapest option for the homeowner. While good, this product is limited in its effectiveness as it still allows air to flow through it helping to perpetuate the stack effect in most homes.

If no HVAC units or air ducts are located in the attic, Virginia Foam Insulators recommends the removal of the existing insulation and the spraying of a minimum of at least a 1" average of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam onto the attic floor (also known as down spraying).

With this application all recessed lighting fixtures, fan exhausts, and other fixtures that pierce the ceiling are covered with hard spray foam or mineral wool boxes and then the attic floor is then sprayed with Closed-Cell Polyurethane Foam insulation. This application is then followed up by installing fiberglass insulation over the foam insulation to bring the attic to an R-38 code level or higher. This approach results in a significant improvement over just Blown-in Fiberglass because an air barrier is reached and it is less expensive than spraying 2 inches of foam.

First we cover can lights and other ceiling perforations with specially made covers.

We then cover the ceiling with 1-2 inches of closed cell spray foam

Finally, a layer of blown fiberglass is placed over the spray foam to bring the attic to code.

If HVAC units or air ducts are in the attic space, we recommend the removal of the existing insulation and the installing of at least a 2.5 inch average depth of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam or for a cheaper option the homeowner can have installed at least a 5 inch average depth of Open-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam. These products are applied to the roof deck (or the underside of your roof) as well as over all soffits, ridge vents, fans, etc. resulting in the attic being sealed airtight. Consequently, this eliminates the stack effect in your home, addresses the 20-25% leakage that most homes have in their duct work connections and allows your air ducts and/or HVAC unit to operate in a conditioned space that will vary no more than 10-15 degrees from the internal temperature of your home.

Remember, if you have a gas/propane furnace in your attic it must have a fresh air intake and be vented to the outside. If you do not have this in place it will need to be done prior to installing the insulation by an HVAC company. A customer should expect to pay somewhere between $300-$500 for this service.

If no HVAC units or air ducts are present in the attic, Virginia Foam Insulators recommends the removal of the existing insulation and the installing of between 1 to 2 inches of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam to the attic floor. With this application, since we are spraying the attic floor, all floor boards must be taken up to gain access to the attic floor. We then cover all recessed lighting fixtures, fan exhausts, and other fixtures that pierce the ceiling with hard spray foam or mineral wool boxes. The entire attic floor and boxes are then sprayed with Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam providing a monolithic air barrier. If a homeowner chooses to go with less than 2 inches of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam, technically no additional insulation is required, but we do recommend that homeowners overlay the spray foam with additional blown-in fiberglass to pass a home inspection in the event the home is ever to be sold.

Remove the existing insulation and apply a minimum 10 mil polyethylene vapor barrier (this is thick enough to allow you to walk around on it without puncturing the membrane) on the floor of the crawl space and glue the edges up the crawl space walls at least 6 inches above the outside grade. We then close and seal all vents to the crawl space with rigid foam boards. If a combustion appliance such as a gas or oil furnace is present in the space, a dedicated air supply may be necessary. Finally, we apply at least a 2 inch average of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam to cover the seam of the vapor barrier as well as the crawl space walls and vents. A 2 inch average of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam is also applied to the rim joist and band board as crawlspace insulation. By using at least an average of 2 inches of closed-cell foam the homeowner gets an air and vapor barrier that eliminates the intrusion of cold and warm air through the crawl space walls while the polyethylene vapor barrier prevents the intrusion of naturally occurring moisture and pollutants that are present on the ground.
Remove the existing insulation and apply at least a 2 inch average of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam to the crawl space ceiling. All ductwork and piping should be sprayed to prevent heat loss and to avoid freezing in the winter. By using at least an average of 2 inches of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Foam the homeowner gets an air and vapor barrier that eliminates the intrusion of cold and warm air through the floor as well as the intrusion of naturally occurring moisture and pollutants, that are present on the ground and that get sucked up into the home because of the homes stack effect. In many locations it is now code to have a minimum of 6-8 mil polyethylene vapor barrier installed on the floor of a vented crawl space so as to also help against the intrusion of moisture and pollutants from directly below the home.

Walls

Wall insulation is every bit as important as attic insulation and is often overlooked. If your home was built before 1970 chances are you have little or no wall insulation installed. Even homes built in the last 10 years can suffer from significant air leakage as state and local requirements for insulation do not address the amount of air leakage a house has but rather just the R-value of the insulation required in the walls and attics. At Virginia Foam Insulators we can insulate your existing homes walls using the latest approaches and insulation materials to significantly improve your walls performance.

Drill and Fill Exterior Wall

In homes and businesses where there is minimal existing insulation, Virginia Foam can work with homeowners to provide the Drill-And-Fill Method to exterior and interior walls. For Open-Cell foam we drill up to a 1 inch hole between the wall studs, allowing sprayers to access the wall cavity and inject Open-Cell foam. For Blown-In Fiberglass we drill up to a 3 inch hole. These holes are then plugged up and all siding is reinstalled. For wood siding, our wood pegs can be sanded and painted so as not to leave marks. Our seasoned insulation experts will help you choose the material that is right for your home.

To get the simplest impact of insulation, customers are encouraged to install Blown-In Fiberglass. This product is cheaper than spray foam insulation but will also provide some energy savings. Homeowners will notice a significant improvement in their climate control when insulation is installed. While this less expensive measure will show homeowners the benefits of insulation, the product does not create a seal at the edges and, as insulation compresses over time, gaps can form at the top of the wall cavity.
Install Open-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam into the wall cavity. As this foam rapidly expands within your walls, it covers and closes all cracks to create an air-tight seal. As the foam expands to fill all gaps and dries in place, you can be sure it will not compress, melt or fall away, giving you a more comfortable home for years to come.
Interior Wall Removal

In the case of a total home renovation, the removal of the drywall from interior walls presents a great opportunity to apply new insulation. Fortunately, your insulation choices during a renovation are no different than those available on a new construction. Because there are so many options in a renovation, we provide our recommendations for insulating walls from the interior here.

Install the Blown in Blanket (BIB), also known as the Mesh Netting & Blown Fiberglass, in the wall cavity. While polyurethane spray foam is ideal, our BIB insulation system fills all crevices and areas not normally filled with standard batt insulation, thus creating a more complete barrier to heat and cold, in addition to reducing noise transfer. Improve your home's heating and cooling loss no matter how thin your budget with this practical solution.
By spraying at least a 1 inch average layer of Closed-cell spray Polyurethane foam between the wall studs and then overlaying the foam with Fiberglass, you create what is known as a flash & batt system. The idea behind the system is to fill in the gaps with cheaper material and use the more expensive spray foam sparingly for sealing and balancing out the code requirements. When these two materials are installed together, they get better results than either would on their own.
Open-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam is a cheaper way to get the full seal you need. Upon spraying, this foam will expand up to 150 times its liquid volume, filling every crack and crevice of your wall cavity. After this process is complete, the excess foam is shaved off the studs, leaving a flat surface over which dry wall or other material can be applied. Providing a more efficient process than the Flash and Batt insulation system, this method gives the full seal you require for less.
Install a 2-inch average of Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam to the wall cavity. This highly dense material will expand up to 30 times its original liquid volume inside your wall, adding an R-value of 6.3 per inch. It fills in all the nooks and crannies like Open-Cell foam, but also provides an air-barrier, vapor barrier, and enhanced structural integrity. Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam is the most expensive insulation option, but presents the homeowner with the best insulation performance available.
Complete Siding/Exterior Sheathing Removal

On some homes, replacing outdated siding or performing an exterior renovation can be a blessing in disguise. By removing all exterior siding and applying insulation directly to the wall cavity you give your home an entirely new barrier against energy loss, while not creating any mess in your house. To insulate the wall after complete removal of any siding and sheathing, Virginia Foam Insulators recommends the use of our Polyurethane Spray Foam products.

Because you are spraying all wall cavities and studs, Open-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam is your best bet. Cheaper than the Closed-Cell foam, the Open-Cell variety provides significant expansion within the wall cavity, covering and sealing all nooks and crannies and preventing all points of air infiltration into your home. Once the foam expands, the excess is shaved off to lay flush with the studs to allow for the reinstallation of the external sheathing and new siding. This product stops air flow in the wall and will not compress, sag or fall away over time.
Install a minimum of at least a 2-inch average of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam to fill out each stud cavity and the complete wall. This product is more expensive than the Open-Cell Polyurethane Spray Foam product because of the density of the foam. Because it is denser, at 2 inches it provides the homeowner with an air barrier, a vapor barrier, as well as improved structural strength.