Project Description

Craig Bartelt’s Cellulose Job In West Des Moines, Iowa

Cold Drafts in West Des Moines

Craig likes to spend his free time in his wood workshop. His wood workshop is located in the third stall of his garage which is heated but Craig was experiencing some cold drafts. Knowing it was just going to get much colder, he wanted some sort of solution to give him a comfortable setting while working in his workshop. Craig reached out to us at Home Solutions of Iowa to provide him with a Home Performance Evaluation.

The attic above Craig’s garage had no insulation installed. After running the Home Performance Evaluation Test, we noticed how under-insulated the area was.
air sealing in west des moines iowa attic
Rigid Foam Insulation is popular because of its high insulating value, versatility, and durability. Rigid Foam insulation won’t lose it’s R-Value, fall out of place or become damaged by the moisture.

Evaluating The Home

Taking the first step in finding a solution to providing Craig with a fully insulated garage was running a Heat Map Analysis Test. We inspected the attic above his garage and explained to Craig where heat was escaping. Showing Craig first hand of where the cold areas are in the home is great for him to have a nice visual of where the issues are in the home.


The R-Value is a way to measure how much insulation needs to be installed. For Iowa, most homes should have an R-Value anywhere from R25 to R60. For Craig’s home, we insulated to R60.
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Cellulose Insulation has the highest safety rating giving it the Class 1 Fire Safety Rating. It is resistant to mold and insects.

The Ultimate Solution: Air Sealing + Cellulose Insulation + Rigid Foam Insulation

Starting from scratch in Craig’s attic, we installed Rigid Foam Insulation on the walls of the attic. Rigid Foam Insulation creates a thermal barrier to the home’s expanded livable space on the upper level. With Craig working in the garage, his walls are open to the outside air. We Air Sealed the cracks within the Rigid Foam to provide the space fully insulated. After Air Sealing and installing Ridig Foam Insulation, we blew in Cellulose Insulation. Cellulose Insulation is made of recycled and environmentally safe materials making it safer for Craig. It is a denser and more effective layer than fiberglass.

Bill’s home is safeguarded with LeafGuard® Brand Gutters and GAF Timberline® Lifetime HD® Asphalt Shingles.
LeafGuard® is a seamless gutter and gutter protection system all in one.

Take Time To Be Comfortable

Craig can now enjoy his woodworking in his garage without having to worry about being cold. Taking the correct steps of a Home Performance Evaluation, Air Sealing, Cellulose Insulation, and Rigid Foam Insulation; we fully protected Craig’s attic. Experiencing cold drafts throughout your home? Call us at 515-999-2896 for your own personalized Home Performance Test!

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