FAQ about air krete®

Q. How long has air krete® been on the market?
Air krete® is both time- and test-proven. It has been used in the United States since 1984 and in Canada since 2006.

Q. How long has Brand Insulation Inc. been insulating with air krete®?
We were the first licensed installer of air krete® in Canada. Our experienced and professional team has proudly served over 1,000 homeowners since 2006.

Q. My house is 40 years old and very well made, but not well insulated. Did the builder forget the insulation?
Insulation, especially in the walls, was not a high priority for homes built before 1978, as the cost of energy was relatively low. Times have changed – we are facing a growing energy crisis.

Q. How will insulating my home with air krete® reduce my energy use?
Uninsulated walls are a major source of energy loss as they are empty and prone to air leaks around electrical and plumbing areas. Air krete® fills wall cavities 100% to form a solid, air-tight barrier. As a result, the need for heating and air-conditioning is reduced.

Q. What kind of cost savings can I expect?
Your energy needs will be reduced dramatically – between 30% and 50% – depending on the construction of your home. Air krete® will pay for itself within a few years.

Q. Will insulating with air krete® make my home more comfortable?
Yes. Air krete® fills the empty wall cavities completely to eliminate convective air movement and provide a more uniform temperature throughout your home.

Q. I’ve heard about expansion foam insulations. How is air krete® different?
Air krete® is foamed, or pumped, into wall cavities. It is NOT expanding foam, which can damage walls during installation. Air krete® is a lightweight “foamed cement” that does not shrink or settle and is very safe to use.

Q. How safe is air krete®?
Air krete® does not contain hazardous materials of any kind, and is ideal for those with chemical sensitivities. It is made from magnesium oxide (a mineral derived from seawater), ceramic talc, a foaming agent and water. Air krete® is 100% non-toxic – inorganic, formaldehyde-free, odourless, mould-resistant and non-corrosive. Air krete® also exhibits a de-oiling effect which deters insects and rodents.

Q. Is air krete® fire-safe?
Air krete® is 100% fire-safe. It will not burn or produce toxic fumes.

Q. How long does it take to install air krete® ?
While it depends on the size, design and construction of your home, air krete® installation typically takes less than a day.

Q. Do I have to vacate my home during installation?
You can remain in your home while the installation is being done.

Q. After air krete® isinstalled, how many years until I have to insulate my walls again?
Once is enough for a lifetime of comfort.

FAQ about Attic Insulation

Q. Q. Why icicles form on the outside of my house?
When you see icicles forming on the outside of your house, it’s a good indication that your house looses heat.

Q. Is Fiberglass Blown Insulation good for soundproofing?
Yes. A well-insulated house is a more soundproof house.

Q. Is Fiberglass Blown Insulation approved by any Canadian regulatory authorities?
Yes! Fiberglass Blown Insulation is tested by and listed under the Canadian Construction Materials Centre.

Q. Can I install attic insulation myself?
Yes. However, we strongly recommend that you contract the services of an experience installer who has the knowledge and equipment to do the job right the first time. The overall effectiveness of any insulation material is directly linked to the quality of the installation process.

Q. What is R-Value?
R-Value reflect the ability of insulation to resist the flow of heat, out of a home in the winter and into a home in the summer.

Q. What benefits does Fiberglass Blown Insulation offer?
Fiberglass Blown Insulation is cost-efficient and offers high performance, energy savings over time, and dramatically lowers environmental impact.

FAQ about Insulation Removal

Q. Why remove attic insulation?
If your attic has water damage, mould or other allergens, strong odours, fire damage or animal contaminants, it should be removed and replaced. You may also find that your old insulation simply isn’t giving you the level of energy conservation you want. If that’s the case, it’s time to consider something new.

Q. Can I remove the insulation myself?
Contaminated or damaged attic insulation can be very difficult to work with, not to mention hazardous. The incorrect removal of insulation containing vermiculite or fibreglass can irritate or damage the skin and lungs. Also be aware that regular garbage collection services do not process used insulation materials for safety and environmental reasons. Professionals can handle the removal of insulation quickly and safely without making a big mess, and dispose of the old insulation according to local regulations.

Q. How can I tell if my vermiculite insulation contains asbestos?
Asbestos fibers in vermiculite are too small to be seen by the naked eye. To be safe, you should always assume that vermiculite insulation may be contaminated with asbestos. Don’t disturb it. Asbestos and other vermiculate fibres are hazardous to your health. Only insulation contractors certified to handle and remove asbestos should deal with vermiculite insulation.

Q. Why not just go over the old insulation with a new layer?
Installing a layer of new insulation directly over the top of old insulation that contains years worth of dust and animal droppings can negatively effect the energy conservation and air quality of your home and can also create moisture problems.