Posted in Blog Posted in February 25, 2014
Falls are one of the most common causes of work-related injuries and death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry.
OSHA is a federal agency whose job is enforcing safety and health legislation. To comply with the laws OSHA enforces, CMI offers two insulation systems that provide OSHA fall protection for metal building erectors.
Simple Saver is a system for roofs and walls that provides low U-values and emissivity levels. This system is OSHA Compliant and a patented fall arrest system that’s made to be durable for job site safety. The Simple Saver roof liner system supports the insulation permanently, withstands the severities during the installation process and provides individuals working below with protection from falling objects. All of this limits the liability of contractors, designers and owners.
Our other system is Sky-Web II. This is a fall protection and insulation support system. It’s a weightless, economical mesh system that provides fall protection during construction and keeps working as an insulation support system even after the job is completed. This roofing system is basically an invisible support system that CMI custom makes to fit the building it’s going to. We also ship it with all of the required hardware to ensure a quick, simple installation.
CMI cares about its customers and their safety, which is why we offer insulation systems that provide OSHA fall protection. Contact us today to learn more about these insulation systems or to see how we can help you out with your insulation needs.
Posted in Blog Posted in February 10, 2014
Basements are known to be one of the coldest areas of a house. They account for about 20 percent of a home’s total heat loss. Many residential basements are concrete, concrete block or stone, which have very little insulating value and are why basements are cooler than other rooms.
Because basements are cooler areas, they tend to attract moisture more. Various problems occur because of moisture buildup through your basement walls, including damage to your home and health issues for those living there.
This is why you need good insulation that’s installed properly. CMI recommends using fiberglass insulation for residential basements. Their insulations are usually installed with a facing material that’s laminated to the surfaces, and this facing provides vapor retarder protection and defends insulation from condensation.
Properly installed insulation and vapor barriers prevent many problems that can happen and affect your home and anyone inside. Vapor barriers keep moisture from condensating against the exterior wall surfaces
The effectiveness of vapor barriers depends primarily on three factors: location within the insulated selection, permeance and proper installation. Vinyl facing material has a 1.0 permeance rating. Materials with a 1.0 perm rating or lower are considered sufficient vapor retarders
CMI can also provide perforated vapor barrier facings. Obviously, perforating the vapor barrier seams counter intuitive. However, some circumstances are such that perforating the vapor barrier helps a moisture wicking foundation breathe better without exposing the fiberglass blanket to the interior of a living space.
When you use CMI’s insulation with perforated vinyl vapor barriers, you prevent moisture from being trapped between your basement wall foundation and the insulation, avoid certain health issues that occur from moisture buildup and save money on heating bills. All of these reasons are why you should choose CMI for your residential basement insulation needs.
Posted in Blog Posted in January 29, 2014
If you’re someone who has a roofing repair or construction project on a minimally sloped roof, then you should be using CMI’s Skyrail system.
This system helps for whatever your roofing project might be and is more beneficial toward your project than any other method out there.
First off, this roof sheet moving system improves roof sheet productivity. Normal roof repair and construction requires a lot of time to move equipment along the roofline. Typically construction crews rely on manpower to keep the materials distributed to the leading edge instead of having them work on installing the roof with the rest of the crew. This makes the roofing project take longer than necessary. With the Skyrail system, these crews no longer have to waste time and manpower on people carrying and distributing roof sheets themselves because they now have a set of trolleys and rails that holds the materials and moves with them along the roof. Each trolley is capable of holding up to 1,000 lbs. of materials.
It’s also an easy to use and cost-effective option. Don’t think you’re wasting your money in purchasing this system because it will almost pay for itself in labor savings within the first few uses. The Skyrail roof sheet moving system, will cut any installation time in half.
Here at CMI, we put the customer’s needs first, which is why our products are made to benefit each and every one of our customers and their projects. Contact us today to see how our Skyrail system can help with your roofing project or to receive your free quote.
Posted in Blog Posted in December 3, 2013
Fiberglass insulation, when properly installed, doesn’t move or settle so it maintains its R-value and does so for a long time. But when fiberglass insulation is compressed during installation, it loses its R-value.
R-value is important because it’s what insulation is identified and labeled by. If you have a 2×4 wall, then you buy insulation that’s listed for a 2×4 wall. If you buy insulation that’s listed for a 2×6 wall, then you’d have to cram it into your 2×4 wall. This may not seem like a big problem, but it is.
Fiberglass insulation needs some airflow in order to work correctly. Tiny air pockets inside the insulation basically trap air between the fibers and are what make the fiberglass insulation R-value effective. Compressing fiberglass insulation is counterproductive. It means you’re squeezing all the air out of it, and it needs that air in order to work how it’s made to work.
Something else you have to watch out for are gaps and holes. If there are any gaps or holes due to compression, then it’ll lose R-value. Let’s say you have a 5 percent insulation gap. That doesn’t seem so bad, right? Well actually it is because it means you can have up to a 25 percent drop in your R-value.
Here are the main issues with buying fiberglass insulation and then compressing it: you’re going to be paying more money and putting in more work but not receiving a greater benefit, and if you compress it too tightly then you can damage the area you’re using it for. None of which you want to deal with.
In order to make sure you’re getting the full R-value during pre-
installation and post-installation, you need to buy the correct size, make sure there are no gaps or holes and under no circumstances compress the fiberglass insulation. Do these things and you’ll receive the benefits guaranteed by your fiberglass insulation and its R-value.
Posted in Blog Posted in November 22, 2013
Insulation is all about regulating the temperature inside the pole barn. To know what type of insulation you will need, you have to look at your location and what the purpose of your barn is.
If you are in the lower half of the United States, you might be more concerned with keeping heat and moisture out so that equipment won’t rust. In the upper States, the goal will be to keep heat in so that equipment and people can use the barn.
There are various ways to insulate your pole barn. Many people will consider fiberglass insulation since it’s already being used quite often. This insulation is a man-made and is easy and quick to install. It is easy to cut, but making any adjustments with cuts or compressing will make it less effective and provide little resistance to the airflow. Fiberglass can cost up to $1 per square foot depending on the R-value and the thermal resistance one is looking for.
Another option is to use spray foam insulation. The cost of this insulation is much higher than traditional insulation. The installation of spray foam is also more expensive than other insulators because of the chemicals involved as well as the problems associated with a poor installation (which can bring the entire barn down. While the cost of spray foam insulation will vary, it can cost up to $2 per square foot, one inch thick.
Foil insulation or reflective insulation is another type of insulation that is cost-effective. The goal of this insulation is as the name says to reflect the heat away. The aluminum foil is usually attached to some material or there will be two layers of foil with foam or plastic bubbles in the middle. This insulation will reduce heat flow. This type of insulation is great in the summer, but in extreme cold conditions needs to be paired with other insulation.
The choice of insulation is dependent on your locale and the weather conditions that will exist. Make sure to obtain quotes from local vendors and compare insulations to find the best deal for what you need.