Roger contacted us after spotting one of our installation crews installing LeafGuard® on his neighbor’s home in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Roger was dealing with overflowing rainwater and pooling around his foundation.
Safeguarded in Pleasant Hill
Roger’s Pleasant Hill, Iowa home is now safeguarded with over 100 feet of seamless LeafGuard® Brand Gutters and he will never have to worry about the damage that comes with poorly functioning gutters.
The crawlspace of this Fort Dodge, Iowa home was uninsulated. This was allowing unwanted cold air to enter the home and circulate causing cold floors and drafty rooms.
Spray Foam Insulation
By insulating the exterior crawl space walls of this Fort Dodge, Iowa home with spray foam, we were able to increase temperature regulation to keep the home more comfortable, not just this winter, but all year long.
Gary’s home in Boone, IA was having issues staying warm. A large portion of heat was escaping through the attic, upon inspection there was no air sealing, allowing air leakage from the home and the current fiberglass batt insulation had gaps in-between the rolls and was not providing a high enough R-value.
Air Seal & Blown-In Cellulose Insulation
We air sealed Gary’s Boone, Iowa attic to eliminate any air leakage from the home. We then insulated with blown-in cellulose; cellulose forms a much denser and more effective insulation layer than fiberglass and is treated with a nontoxic borate solution that gives the material a Class 1 fire safety rating. It is also resistant to mold and insects.
The basement of this Altoona home was having issues staying warm and moisture building up on the walls, this was a sign that heat was escaping the home. In this case we needed to address the rim joist and the cement walls that were above-grade.
Our Custom Solution
Because half of the basement wall was above-grade, we needed to insulate the portion of the wall that was above ground along with insulating the rim joist. We first air sealed the walls in order to insure there would be no air leakage, then spray foamed the rim joist (it both air seals and insulates), and lastly added graphite infused foam insulation to the walls. The foam insulation has a radiant barrier on the surface. The foam board will insulate the walls and the radiant barrier will reflect the indoor heat back inside.
Corey had his Ankeny, Iowa home’s roof replaced 2 years ago. He began to notice sections where shingles had curled and lifted, were crooked and even had large gaps in-between them. In the midwest, a roof’s life can be affected by proper installation, maintenance, weather conditions, home insulation and ventilation, nearby foliage and wind/storm damage. In Corey’s case, his shingles were improperly installed causing their life to be significantly shorter. If not addressed, this could cause more serious damage to his home.
Roofing Contractors You Can Trust
At Home Solutions of Iowa, our roofing system is more than just shingles. Our GAF roofing system offers a better roof and greater peace of mind. We offer exclusive warranties to ensure that Corey’s Ankeny home has a durable, sturdy roof that will look great and LAST for years to come. Pictured is Corey’s new GAF Timberline Lifetime Ultra HD Asphalt Shingles.
Tiffany and her husband recently moved into their Newton, Iowa home and were experiencing a Midwest winter for the first time; the basement and first floor were very cold. During inspection we found that the rim joist was not insulated, a major source of heat loss and air infiltration.
Rim Joist Solved
The rim joists are above grade (the portion of the home that is above ground) and should be insulated to the same level as the rest of the above-grade walls. This area is where the foundation wall, sill plate, rim joist and subfloor come together creating a lot of opportunity for air leakage. It is important to air seal and insulate all of the cracks to make the home more energy efficient. We installed spray foam insulation that both air seals and insulates at the same time.
Russ contacted us at Home Solutions of Iowa when he heard from one of our past customers that we offer a clog-free, maintenance-free gutter system. Recently, Russ found out that someone in Oelwein had fallen off a ladder cleaning gutters and broken their back. At the age of 70, him and his wife decided to find an alternate option where Russ would no longer risk falling climbing dangerous ladders to clean the gutters out.
Maintenance Free in Oelwein
With LeafGuard® Brand Gutters, Russ no longer has to worry about:
the danger water leaks and overflows can cause to your home; or
If you have recessed lighting installed on your home, they can be a problem area when loosing heat; the heat seeps through the recessed light and into the attic. Sheila was dealing with cold rooms and drafty floors, one of the culprits were the recessed lights.
Eliminating Air Leakage
We addressed this issue by placing can light insulation covers over them in the attic and then air sealing. The cover will keep the blown-in cellulose insulation that we added to the attic safely away from the light and the air sealing will eliminate air leakage into the attic.
Eunice has been a part of our Home Solutions of Iowa family since 2008 when we first installed LeafGuard® Brand Gutters on her home in Boone, Iowa. When she started having trouble keeping the cold air out and the warm are in, we made a special trip to find the cause of the issue.
The rim joists were a large source of energy loss in her home. The rim joists were stuffed with basic fiberglass batt insulation without air sealing, allowing winter air from outside the home to constantly leak in through the wood joints, gaps, and openings for duct, plumbing, and electric wires. Another factor with fiberglass insulation, it loses R-value when it is damp. Midwest basements tend to be naturally damp and have condensation issues.
Spray Foam Insulation
Our solution, air sealing and insulating at the same time with spray foam insulation to diminish air leakage from Eunice’s Boone, Iowa home.
Blake’s West Des Moines home was struggling staying warm and he was dealing with cold, drafty rooms. After a home performance evaluation, one of the issues we discovered was that the attic was not air sealed. This allowed heat to escape the living space causing condensation and mold growth in the attic.
Air Sealing Eliminates Leaks
We air sealed the joints, cracks, and other openings in Blake’s West Des Moines home before insulating with blown-in cellulose insulation.