Truseal Insulation, a division of Imagine, Inc. is committed to raising the standard of energy performance in our community in an effort to do our part to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign energy. To that end, we proudly represent DEMILEC (USA) non-toxic spray foam insulations/air-seals*. Air-seals also have outstanding sound reduction characteristics. Areas where the difference will quickly be appreciated include offices, classrooms, media rooms, master bedrooms, laundry rooms and plumbing runs.
*All products may not be available in all areas.
A premium grade open-cell spray foam insulation/air-seal that is water blown and contains no VOCs or CFCs. International Code Council (ICC) approved. Applications include, but are not limited to:
- Cathedral Ceilings
- Conditioned attics
- Wall Cavities
- Wood and/or Steel Construction
A premium grade open-cell spray foam insulation and air seal that contains more than 20% refined vegetable oils and is the preferred open cell for Green-built structures. ICC approved. Applications include, but are not limited to:
- Agricultural Settings
- Wall Cavities
An excellent closed-cell spray foam insulation/air-barrier used in areas where relative humidity levels exceed 55%. Air Barrier Association of America approved. GREENGUARD® and GREENGUARD for Children and Schools certified.
This product contains recycled plastic materials, renewable soy oils and the environmentally-friendly blowing agent Enovate 3000™. Applications include, but are not limited to:
- Basement Walls
- Between Radiant-Heated Floors
- Crawl Spaces
- Exterior Bathroom Walls
- Foundation Exteriors
- Swimming Pools
- Wine Cellars
A proprietary combination of technologies that prohibit mold growth on its coating surface. When applied to the surface of lumber, concrete and steel, FortiCel will provide durable skeletal protection. FortiCel is an effective, innovative solution for long-lasting value and guaranteed protection against mold growth for 25 years.
BLAZELOK™ TB Intumescent Coating – The New SEALECTION® 500/ BLAZELOK™ TB foam system can be left exposed with no need for a prescribed thermal barrier, making it the perfect choice for drop ceiling applications, commercial buildings, and for use in metal buildings.
Truseal Insulation, a division of Imagine, Inc. is committed to social action and serving the community at large. Actively involved in providing highly discounted services for the Athens/Limestone County Habitat for Humanity, Truseal Insulation is promoting the concept of the ‘Green Build’ program.
The Athens/Limestone County Habitat for Humanity has made the commitment to building LEED ceritified homes and are very pleased that the Habitat for Humanity International has also adopted a mission statement that defines an affordable home as a a ‘green’ home.
Visit their website at http://www.habitatalc.org/ for more information on how to contribute to this idea.
Truseal Insulation is actively involved with the Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association.
For the Parade of HomesSM, Truseal contributed to the 2010 Showcase Home located in MidTowne On The Park.
Air Changes per Hour (ACH) An expression of ventilation rates – the number of times in an hour that a home’s entire air volume is exchanged with outside air.
Air barrier A layer of material resistant to air flow usually in the form of polyolefin (i.e. Typar®, Tyvek®, and other house wraps). A material which is applied in conjunction with a building component (such as a wall, ceiling or sill plate) to prevent the movement of air through that component.
Air barrier system The assembly of components used in building construction to create a plane of air tightness throughout the building envelope and to control air leakage.
Blower Door Diagnostic equipment consisting of a fan, removable panel and gauges, used to measure and locate air leaks.
Blowing agent A gas or a substance capable of producing a gas used in making foamed materials.
BTU British Thermal Unit – The amount of energy that is required to raise 1 lb. of water up 1° F
BTUH A rate of energy transfer – can be expressed as BTUs/hour
Building Envelope The external elements walls, floor, ceiling, roof, windows and doors of a building that encloses conditioned space; the building shell.
Capillary Action, Capillarity The movement of liquid within a material against gravity as a result of surface tension.
CFC (Chloroflourocarbon) Any of various halocarbon compounds consisting of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine, and fluorine, once used widely as aerosol propellants and refrigerants. Chlorofluorocarbons are believed to cause depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer.
Combustion efficiency A measure of useful heat extracted from a fuel source by an operating heating appliance. For example a furnace with a combustion efficiency of 60% converts 60% of the fuel’s energy content into useful heat. The rest is lost as exhaust gases.
Conduction Transmission of energy (heat/sound) through a material or from one material to another by direct contact. Materials with low rates of conductive heat transfer make good insulation.
Convection Transmission of energy (heat/sound) from one place to another by movement of a fluid such as air or water.
Density Determined by the weight expressed in pounds of a cubic foot of spray foam.
Dew Point The temperature at which a vapor begins to condense.
Diffusion The movement of water vapor from regions of high relative humidity (RH) toward regions of lower RH driven by a higher to lower temperature differential.
Exfiltration Uncontrolled leakage of conditioned air from inside the home to the outside.
Flame Retardant A substance, which is added to a polymer formulation to reduce or retard the tendency to burn.
Flame Retarded (Adj.) The property of a material to which flame-retardant has been added.
Flame Spread Standard test for determining relative combustibility. The flame spread of a tested material is rated relative to red oak (flame spread = 100).
Flammability Relative ability of a material to support combustion as expressed by its flash point.
Heat loss Heat that is lost from a building through air leakage, conduction and radiation. To maintain a steady interior temperature, heat losses must be offset by a combination of heat gains and heat contributed by a heating system.
Heat recovery ventilation system A mechanical ventilation system that recovers energy from exhausted indoor air and transfers it to incoming air. This system usually incorporates an air-to-air heat exchanger which transfers the heat from exhaust air to the incoming air or vice versa.
HCFC (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons) are compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, chlorine and fluorine. They have shorter atmospheric lifetimes than CFCs and deliver less reactive chlorine to the stratosphere where the “ozone layer” is found.
Humidistat A humidity sensitive control device that signals the ventilation system to operate if the humidity goes above a preset limit.
Hydrophobic Having no affinity for water; not compatible with water. “Water fearing”
Infiltration Uncontrolled leakage of air into a building through cracks around doors, windows, electrical outlets and at structural joints.
Insulation Materials with low thermal conductivity characteristics that are used to slow the transfer of heat.
Isocyanate (MDI) One of a group of neutral derivatives of primary amines (R-N=”C=O)” groups. An essential component (A) of spray foam chemistry.
Kilowatt-hour (kWh) Standard unit for measuring electrical energy consumption-kilowatts X hours.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) A standard formatted information sheet, prepared by a material manufacturer, describing the potential hazards, physical properties, and procedures for safe use of a material.
Mold Fungal growths often resulting in deterioration of organic materials, especially under damp conditions.
Organic Compounds containing carbon.
Overspray (1) Airborne spray loss of polyurethane foam. (2) Undesirable depositions of airborne spray loss.
Perm A unit of water vapor transmission defined as 1 grain of water vapor per square foot per hour per inch of mercury pressure difference (1 inch mercury = 0.49 psi). Metric unit of measure is ng/m2 s Pa. 1 perm = 55 ng/m2 s Pa
Permeability The time rate of water vapor transmission through unit area of a material of unit thickness induced by unit vapor pressure difference between two specific surfaces, under specified temperature and humidity conditions.
pH A measure of acidity/alkalinity of aqueous mixtures. A measure of pH 7 is neutral, lower is more acidic, higher is more alkaline.
PSI Pounds per square inch.
Radiation Transfer of energy (heat/sound) from one object to another through an intermediate space. Only the object receiving the radiation, not the space is heated. The heat is in the form of low frequency, infrared, invisible, light energy, transferring from a “warm” object to a “cold” object. It is known as the “black body effect”.
Relative Humidity The ratio expressed as a percentage of the amount of moisture air actually contains to the maximum amount it could contain at that temperature.
R A unit of measurement of resistance to heat flow in hr. ft2 ° F/BTU.in.
RSI A unit of measurement of resistance to heat flow in m2 ° C/W per 25 mm. R = 0.176 RSI
Retrofit The modification of an existing building or facility to include new systems or components.
Standard Testing Laboratory test methodology for determining relative properties of materials at specific conditions.
Thermostat Temperature sensitive control device that signals a heating or cooling system to operate if the temperature in the building reaches a preset limit.
Thermal Barrier A material applied over insulation, to slow the temperature rise of the foam during a fire so as to delay its involvement in the fire.
Thermal Bridge A thermally conductive material which penetrates or bypasses an insulation system; such as a metal fastener or stud.
Thermal Resistance (R) An index of a material’s resistance to heat flow. See R and RSI.
Thermal Shock A building materials reaction to rapid changes in temperature.
Thermography A building energy diagnostic technique using an infrared camera for locating areas of temperature differential in a building.
U-Value Overall thermal conductance. U value is equal to the inverse of the sum of the R-values in a system (U = 1 /R total).
Vapor Retarder/Barrier A layer of moisture resistant material usually which controls moisture diffusion (defined as less than 1 perm) to prevent moisture build up in the walls.
Viscosity The thickness or resistance to flow of a liquid. Viscosity generally decreases as temperature increases; application temperatures of spray foam components are specified in part, to control viscosity at the spray gun.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Any compound containing carbon and hydrogen or containing carbon and hydrogen in combination with other elements.
AISI American Iron & Steel Institute
ALA American Lung Association
ANSI American National Standards Institute
ASHRAE American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
BETEC Building Environment & Thermal Envelope Council
BOCA Building Officials and Code Administrators
CABO (ICC) Conference of American Building Officials (International Code Council)
CCMC Canadian Construction Materials Centre
CSA Canadian Standards Association
DOE U.S. Department of Energy
EPA Environmental Protection Association
EEBA Energy Efficient Builders Association
EREC Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearing House (DOE program)
FSEC Florida Solar Energy Center
IBC International Building Code
ICBO International Conference of Building Officials
NAHB National Association of Home Builders
NAHBRC NAHB Research Center
NBC National Building Code of Canada
NEAT Novel Environmental Advanced Technology
NER National Evaluation Report
NIBS National Institute of Building Sciences
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NRC National Research Council of Canada
ORNL Oak Ridge National Laboratories
SBCCI Southern Building Codes Congress International
UBC Uniform Building Code
UL Underwriter’s Laboratories
ULC Underwriter’s Laboratories Canada
Spray foam insulations from DEMILEC (USA) are environmentally-safe, non-toxic and completely air-seal residential and commercial buildings such as homes, schools, offices and more. Combined with a proper air management system, these products are the answer to improved indoor air quality, energy efficiency and sound abatement.
By sealing out dust, allergens, odors and pollutants, these products allow the air management system to be designed so that the indoor air quality is healthier than the outside air.
The air-seal results in increased energy efficiency (as much as 50%), which translates into short- and long-term savings such as the use of a properly sized HVAC unit; elimination of building wrap, less use of natural resources and lower utility bills.
Noise pollution is reduced because airborne noise can no longer seep through walls. Areas where the difference will quickly be appreciated include offices, classrooms, master bedrooms, laundry rooms, media rooms and plumbing runs.
- Completely non-toxic (no HFCs, HCFCs, formaldehyde or asbestos)
- Safe for use with chemically-sensitive persons
- Reduces airborne dust and allergen infiltration
- Helps prevent mold and mildew
- Saves money and natural resources
- Allows for downsized HVAC equipment
- Significantly reduces airborne noise
Shouldn’t your building be safe, healthy, energy efficient and quiet? Contact us today.
Truseal Insulation is proud to offer the North Alabama Region, foam insulation, the Superior Insulation.
We offer two types of foam insulation, so that we may provide the best for attaining superior comfort and at the same time it enables us to better serve the uniqueness of each project.
Our Types of Foam:
- Open Cell Foam – R value of 3.8 (per inch), Great Sound Absorption
- Closed Cell Foam – R value of 7 (per inch), Great Structural Strength Enhancer
The Benefits of Foam Insulation are many:
- Completely Air Seals
- Fills all voids, seams, and conforms to the structural design
- Prevents condensation in walls due to air transfer
- Does not support mold growth
- Creates a more stable climate in the home/building – no cold/hot spots
- Seals so no air transfer which leads to dust, poor air quality, and pests entering home
- Acts as a sound barrier (better sound absorption qualities in open cell foam)
- Structural support (higher strength in closed cell foam)
- Helps preserve the Environment
- Improves Energy Efficiency
- Foams are water blown or soy based foams = Healthier foams
- Lowers size of HVAC unit
- Instant return on investment – money back every month
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, OWNER COMFORT IS INCREASED
Truseal Insulation is dedicated to improving the comfort of both homes and commercial buildings in our region.
We invite you to take advantage of our additional services:
- Free Estimate
- Energy Consultation – making your home or building energy efficient and more comfortable (new or existing)
- Foam insulation packages (new and existing)
- Resizing of HVAC unit
- Fiberglass insulation packages
- Conditioned Crawl Space
- Pay for Truseal Services via
01 What is open-cell (semi-rigid) polyurethane spray foam insulation?
Open cell (semi-rigid) spay-applied polyurethane foam insulation systems (0.5 lbs/ft³) are made up of million of microscopic cells that simultaneously insulate and air-seal. They make residential and commercial structures more energy efficient, comfortable, quieter and less dusty. Open-cell insulation is applied as a liquid, which expands into a semi-rigid mass, automatically sealing off drafty areas such as baseboards, headers, sill plates, around windows, doors, electrical outlets, pipes, etc. It also minimizes uncontrolled air leakage throughout the building envelope (wall, ceilings, etc.), thereby reducing energy losses and the possibility of mold, mildew and premature decay.
02 What are the advantages?
Open-cell (semi-rigid) spray foam insulation remains flexible throughout the life of the building. As the building expands and contracts with changes of season and temperature, it will move with the changes without destroying the seal. As well as simplifying the construction process for the builder, open-cell spray foam insulation eliminates the major causes of building envelope problems – airborne moisture movement and entrapment. Heating and cooling costs are typically reduced by 30 to 50%, and more money can be saved by purchasing a (properly sized) smaller, less expensive HVAC unit. Soundproofing is another benefit that is quickly appreciated in areas such as plumbing runs, media rooms and offices
03 Does it adhere to metal studs and is it compatible with other building materials?
Open-cell spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) adhere well to steel studs and other natural materials such as cement board, wood, etc. Since open-cell insulation will adhere to almost all surfaces, areas that do not require spray foam insulation (such as windows, doors etc.) must be protected from overspray. It is stable in the presence of most solvents found in binders, bituminous materials, wood preservatives, and sealers. It is resistant to facers containing plasticizers, fuel, mineral oil, weak acid, and weak bases, which are typically found in residential and commercial construction materials. Open-cell spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) are non-corrosive and neutral (neither acidic nor alkaline) and will not cause corrosion to metal studs and other metals typically found in construction.
04 Does it break down, shrink or sag?
The reaction that created the open-cell spray foam insulation is irreversible, preventing the breakdown into its constituent parts. Therefore, open-cell spray foam is stable and will not shrink or sag.
05 Are there any issues about overheating of electric wiring?
There is no special requirement needed to encapsulate electrical wires other than what is required with all types of insulation. As with other types of insulation, when the properly rated size and type of electrical wires are used, there is no overheating of those electrical wires.
06 Does it support the growth of mold and mildew?
Open-cell spray foam insulation offers no food value. Therefore it cannot support bacteria or fungal growth. The effective air-sealing characteristic prevents the movement of hot air to the cold parts of the walls, preventing condensation from taking place within the wall cavities. The elimination of condensation within the wall assemblies prevents the growth of molds and mildew.
07 What about pests (e.g. roaches, ants, mice and termites)?
Open-cell spray foam acts as a physical and odor barrier that has shown to significantly reduce the number of pests entering structures. It offers no food value, and while it by itself does not present a concrete entry barrier, pests normally do not attempt to go through an area where they cannot detect a food source.
08 What is the R-value of open-cell (semi-rigid) spray foam insulation and is that an aged value?
The R-Value is rated at 3.81 ft2.h°F. In a nominal 4-inch wall, the R-Value is about R-13; in a 6-inch wall, about R-21. Unlike foams filled with CFC or HCFC, the R-Value of open-cell spray foam insulation does not decline as it ages. R-Values of insulating materials are measured in laboratories and are designated a nominal R-Value per inch. In the wall or ceiling of a building most factory-made insulation materials suffer a reduction in performance due to air leakage and infiltration. The insulating value of many building components may be as low as 50% of the nominal R-Value of the insulation they contain. By contrast, the insulation of a wall containing spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) Insulation will perform closely to that of the laboratory tested R-Value of the material, and it seals the wall cavity from air infiltration as well. The spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) are particularly suited for steel or wood frame construction. Open-cell spray foam insulation expands 120:1 as it is installed, adhering to surrounding building components. It completely seals joints, crevices and voids, including difficult-to-insulate spaces such as steel stud “U” and “C” sections, double studs, and non-standard stud locations.
09 What are the acoustical properties?
Open-cell spray foam insulation has excellent sound absorption properties and sound transmission properties. When comparing spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) to other insulations, there is a very noteworthy difference. As an effective air seal, they eliminate the air gaps through which sound travels easiest. In addition to controlling all frequencies, they are superior in controlling mid-range frequencies that include the most common sounds – the human voice and stereo music.
10 Does it contain urea, formaldehyde, CFCs or HCFCs?
No, open-cell spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) do not contain urea, formaldehyde, CFCs or HCFCs. Among other approvals, SEALECTION® 500 has obtained the seal of approval from the EcoLogoM (formerly Environmental Choice) Program of Canada.
11 Are there health concerns associated with the use of open-cell (semi-rigid) spray foam insulations?
Open-cell spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) are “green” products. They meet off gassing requirements of CGSB 51.23 92 for new residential construction, and no toxic or carcinogenic products were detected. In addition, the use of open-cell foam insulation reduces airborne dust and air infiltration, making it the healthy choice for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or chemical sensitivity.
12 At what stage of construction is it installed?
In new construction, open-cell spray foam insulation is installed after the windows, doors and roof are in, the electrical and plumbing inspections are completed, and after any other electrical or mechanical system located behind the drywall is installed. It is the last installation to take place before drywall is installed.
13 Can it be applied in an existing structure?
Excellent results are achieved in using open-cell spray foam insulation in the attic and in the crawl space (if applicable) without disturbing the walls in a retrofit application. The reason is that a large portion of a building’s energy loss is caused by the “chimney effect” – hot air rising therefore creating air movement within a building. For existing walls, a “pour-in-place” formula of our foam insulation is preferred. Spray foam insulation is used in walls where drywall has yet to be installed.
14 Who is allowed in the general area during application?
Open-cell spray foam insulations shall be installed on site by certified installers who have been trained in the proper safety and handling of the chemicals. Other persons should keep away from the immediate area where spraying is conducted.
15 Is it possible for owners to install this foam themselves?
The installer must be a factory-trained and certified contractor using specialized proportioning equipment. The installer has been trained to work with the chemicals involved and has also been trained in a building science to provide the best installation possible.
16 How much does it cost?
In reality, open-cell spray foam insulation cannot be compared to conventional insulation. Open-cell spray foam insulation actually air-seals the building end eliminates energy robbing air leakage and the associated problems with moisture, mold and mildew and condensation problems inside the walls. When calculating the actual cost you need to consider the possible need to downsize the HVAC systems, eliminate building wraps, and eliminate a significant portion of the material and labor costs associated with an air-sealing approach. The investment to upgrade from standard fiberglass is an insignificant part of the overall cost of a home and your long-term energy costs. When you are planning to install an upgraded insulation package, remember that the spray foam insulations produced by DEMILEC (USA) are initially more expensive but provide you with the best performance and comfort value in addition to long-term savings. The additional upfront costs typically pay for themselves in energy savings within three years and will keep on saving you money every year thereafter.
17 What’s the difference between the SEALECTION® product line?
SEALECTION® 500 and SEALECTION Agribalance® are both superior water-blown, open-cell spray foam insulations, and perform equally well. SEALECTION® 500 is our premier product while SEALECTION Agribalance® is the next generation that contains more than 20% renewable agricultural-based materials (refined vegetable oils) in the resin.