Summer's scorching temperatures are just around the corner, which means GreenBean Insulation (914-0591; www.greenbeaninsulation.com) owner Kurt Buchert soon will be field phone calls from customers who want to decrease the costs of their energy bills.
"If you insulate your house with spray foam, it's like making it a big ice chest. It stops all air infiltration. Other infiltration products don't do that," says Buchert, who provides spray foam, cellulose and radiant barrier insulation.
The New Orleans native Buchert became a spray foam fan after using the product on his own renovation project. In 2006, Buchert started GreenBean as the first spray foam insulation company based in New Orleans
"If you live in an old house, you know you have poor insulation," Buchert says. "(Spray foam) helps in the summer and winter."
The foam sprays on as a liquid, expanding and forming foam as soon as it hits the surface. Although Buchert says spray foam does cost a little bit more than regular insulation, the savings are markedly greater.
"If you spray foam an entire house, you're looking at (a savings of ) 60 to 70 percent (on utility costs)," Buchert says. "It lasts forever; you never have to replace it (and) it doesn't shrink."
Even insulating just part of a house, which many people choose to do, trims utility costs, he says. Spray foam is both wallet- and eco-friendly in the long run, Bucert says, plus GreenBean Insulation's name is derived from the company's use of certified green products.
"Foam contains 15 percent renewable resources," he says. "It has a sugarcane base replac(ing) a lot of petroleum in the product." Besides reduced energy bills, one of spray foam's best attributes is the short time required to complete its installation. Buchert says for nine out of 10 jobs, his team is at a location for just one day. Buchert points to his employees' extensive experience as a major advantage.
"We've done 2,500 houses, and my foreman has 19 years of experience," Buchert says. "We've done more houses than anyone."