Itching for an alternative to fiberglass insulation? |

Itching for an alternative to fiberglass insulation?

Frank Parrish and his team from The Roofing Company and Rocky Mountain Spray Foam & Waterproofing hope the days of fiberglass are almost over.Parrish, founder of the RMSF company (formerly known as Friendly Foam of Boulder), has been general manager for RMSF for about two years. Hes the guy that makes everything work and the one to do what he describes as a much tougher job walk inspection (than even the countys building inspector) when the project is complete.He aligned with TRC executive managers Richard Kitzis and Bill Rhodes who saw an opportunity to extend the business. More equipment was added to the workforce and the new company has helped more than 20 new homeowners efficiently and effectively insulate their homes.Since reforming in the Rockies the business has been a success to the point it began to outgrow itself, said Joe Gould, formerly of TRC and currently RMSF senior estimator. With Rhodes and Kitzis of TRC already on the team Gould said it made perfect sense to have TRC Owner Jeff Johnston purchase RMSF (in February), giving it the boost and backing needed to grow the company to the next level.Together they tackle some of the same issues related to the mountain homeownership (ice dam and heat loss prevention). The companys attention to detail, experience, and resources fulfills its mission of providing affordable, healthy and energy efficient solutions that are environmentally friendly, permanent and American-made.Parrish, who has 20 years industry experience, said RMSF is a step better than the rest because the company stays on top of building science and energy efficiency. RMSF uses spray foam to create an inner envelope in homes, a process which is far ahead of the days of that pink, scratchy fiberglass batt insulation.Its a polyurethane product that is like a glue, with an insulating factor, Parrish said. He, Project Manager Nathan Koon (15 years experience) and certified sprayers take a mobile foam rig and apply the mixture onto the inner sides of the framing, anywhere it is appropriate to tighten air spaces. Upon impact it begins to dry and takes only about five minutes to completely fix. On an average-size house, which Gould says is about 3,000 square feet, it takes about four days to complete spray foaming of the roof lid and walls.The company uses Demilec spray foam insulations which are environmentally safe, non-toxic and completely air-seals structures. As an innovative insulation installer, the companys signature product is Sealection 500 open-cell spray foam.Theres also a closed-cell foam called Heatlok Soy, Climate Pro blown-in-attic insulation, spider blown in-wall insulation, and the company also provides insulation inspection, foundation waterproofing, ResCheck and ComCheck, and retrofit work to increase insulation values in existing homes.Blower-door and infrared tests for air leakage are performed once the foam application has cured. The tests seek out air leakage, which can account for 40 percent of your heat bill, Parrish said. A house with foam is like no other … the cost savings are tremendous.Three rigs are in operation for new and old residential homes, commercial, agricultural and steel-frame projects (wont corrode metal studs). Service area includes all towns in Grand County, extending to Routt, Summit and Eagle counties.

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