Spray Foam Insulation
Sprayed into walls as a liquid that expands and cures to create an insulating “shell,” spray polyurethane foam insulation offers many “greener” qualities. As noted earlier, it requires less thickness than fiberglass to achieve the same R-value, making it more energy efficient. It also meets many other “greener” criteria. It will not shrink and adheres to the surrounding structure, so there is no settling and no air gaps. It has no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and no formaldehyde. Recognized for ENERGY STAR certification and LEED credits, it is becoming very popular as a clean, green, long lasting insulation. One writer notes “it is an insulation and an air barrier that promises a tighter home with less dust and mildew, ensuring better indoor air quality.”24 SPF insulation is available in two forms – open-cell and closed-cell. Open-cell SPF insulation, such as NCFI’s Sealite™, is less costly and has slightly higher R-values than fiberglass or cellulose, while closed cell products like NCFI’s InsulStar High Performance Insulation offer the highest R-values available as well as improved structural wall strength while acting as an air barrier.
Eco-Friendly Fiberglass Insulation
While standard fiberglass insulation would merely be “green” because it insulates, some manufacturers are now offering fiberglass insulation that does not use a formaldehyde binder and uses recycled materials, both making it “greener.” 22 Johns Manville Formaldehyde-free™ insulation is one example. It “uses an innovative new acrylic binder that eliminates binder-related formaldehyde emissions during manufacturing, and after installation will not off-gas formaldehyde inside your home. And [it] contains 20% post-consumer recycled glass.”
Loose-fill fiber glass insulation utilizes a professional blowing machine for installation in open spaces to fill hard-to-reach areas like corners, edges and around framing. As a premium alternative to cellulose, it does not settle or decay, and can effectively provide insulation for the life of the home. It can provide R-values from R-11 to R-60.
Blown-in insulation is very popular in open wall spaces and will dramatically reduce your heating and cooling costs. Not only will it reduce your monthly utility bills but you can take advantage of the rebates and tax credits from the utility companies and the federal government. Learn more about available energy efficiency rebates and tax credits.
Acoustic ceilings and wall panels absorb sound and help buffer noise between floors and rooms. No more echoing and no more empty sounds – acoustic ceilings help make basements homey and inviting. Since acoustic ceilings are suspended, it’s an economical way to hide pipes and wires while keeping access to these things fast and easy. Acoustic tiles are also light reflective to help improve room lighting and save on your electric bill.
Tripodi Associates is a reliable resource for all your acoustical ceiling needs. Our company has provided quality service and products to general contractors, private corporations, architects, hospitals, government agencies, schools, condominium associations, and restaurants throughout the Delaware Valley for 50 years. Our work can be seen in many local buildings and homes. Our organization is a reliable resource for all your acoustical ceiling needs.
Whether you're looking for a drywall installer for a new addition or need a repair a hole in an existing wall, Tripodi Associates has the knowledge and competence to get the job done right. We have extensive experience in renovation, apartment rehab, and home remodeling projects. We can tackle both commercial and residential drywall and plaster projects to help you make your office or living room look its finest!
Hanging drywall can be a tricky task: the panels are unwieldy, heavier than you'd think, and hard to maneuver. While some people try to put up their own drywall, these DIY projects often result in bumpy walls, incorrectly taped seams, and globs of compound all over the place. Savvy homeowners contract professionals like Tripodi Associates for drywall installation. Our drywall is correctly hung, with vapor barriers where necessary, and smoothly finished with the finesse that only an expert can apply. If you're ready for a beautiful professional finish on everything from drywall patches to completely drywalled rooms, Tripodi Associates is the right one for the job. Give us a call today!
Steel framing is used in most office and apartment construction, and it has several advantages over wood. Steel studs are perfectly straight, don’t shrink or split and are easy to store.
Metal studs are used extensively in the commercial building industry, but they offer some distinct benefits for residential construction as well. Typically limited to the framing of nonstructural, or partition, walls, metal studs don’t rot or warp, and they’re impervious to insect damage. Metal studs are straight, they don’t burn and they come in uniform sizes, eliminating the need to shim the studs to create even walls. They’re lightweight and installation is relatively simple, although building a wall with metal studs requires a few special tools.
At Tripodi Associates we install light duty metal framing. Our experienced carpenters have the latest equipment and tools to help keep the job running on time.
Our company uses its long standing presence in the construction industry to provide a reliable and knowledgeable resource to our clients with design and coordination challenges.