When Stetten Home Services began providing weatherization of attics and crawlspaces we were surprised with how eager people would be to utilize these spaces, and how creative they were. All homes are unique, even track-homes, because the owners personalize things. There is a growing trend of people needing more storage. … Read more
This post is designed to be linked to in crawlspace proposals provided by Stetten Home Services.
We are champions of the floor insulated sealed crawlspace because we have data to prove that sealed crawlspaces with “no insulation” or “floor-insulation” perform about equal to those with “wall-insulation”. Its a sealed box … Read more
Times are a changing. It is increasingly common for people to decide to seal up their vented attics and to choose spray-foam to do it and otherwise take control of that air-space.
As “Sealed Attics” become more common in Raleigh NC and Wilmington NC I have noticed builders and code … Read more
For various reasons builders still build vented crawlspaces, yet have “sealed crawlspaces” under their own homes. Vented crawlspaces can work but it isn’t fantastic to have a crawlspace which allows dust/smoke, pollen/spores, hot/cold, wet/dry, light for critters to enter and thrive….
If you buy a new home in 2019 and … Read more
This home was unique in 3 ways:
1) Garage Air-Handler with no supply duct-work in the crawlspace.
The air-handler was in the garage. In order to install a Supply-Air Drying-Mechanism (which is one of several acceptable ways to provide a mechanical means of keeping a sealed crawlspace dry), we needed … Read more
This method is our 3rd choice. We have various options in the sealed crawlspace code for how to provide a Drying Mechanism.
1st Choice) Adjustable Supply-Air Drying Mechnism on existing crawlspace plenum or distribution box.
2nd Choice) Adjustable Supply-Air Drying Mechanism “chased down” from the attic or interior duct-work.
3rd … Read more
This is the standard vapor barrier treatment offered by Stetten Home Services: As you can see we provide extra materials and do an excellent job.
It may not appear that the vapor barrier is glued or foamed to the wall, but we seal it with foam or glue and nails.… Read more
NC Building Code
SECTION R409 : CLOSED CRAWL SPACES
R409.1 Air sealed walls. Closed crawl spaces shall be built to minimize the entry of outdoor air into the crawl space. Specifically prohibited are foundation wall vents and wall openings to ventilated porch foundations. When outdoor packaged heating and
Why do we write and provide these presentations regarding the Critical Details of Construction?
Because we are constantly bombarded with poorly executed work. The quality of the existing housing stock is horrible.
In the event a property owner or contractor wants to do what is best for a property, with … Read more
It might come as no surprise that roofing is more complicated than it seems. In new construction, even in 2016, the roofing contractor is often screwed before he starts, because their work occurs “on” sub-par work that happened after they price their work. Many Building Contractors reinforce this … Read more
I am sorry you are thinking about your attic, if you weren’t planning on thinking about it, and you now are, I am doubly sorry.
I will start by stating that ideally attic spaces would be completely controlled spaces, for example, Attics can actually have:
– Comfortable temperature … Read more
Attic insulation preparations are actually more important than the level of insulation itself.
Here is a list of things to consider BEFORE adding insulation to your attic:
1) Does your attic needs more lights? It is likely going to be much harder to navigate AFTER the additional insulation is installed. … Read more
This gallery is the best depiction of what we call “Attic Air-Sealing”. This first gallery shows what is “INCLUDED” when you choose “ATTIC AIR SEALING” as an “ADD-ON” to a Sealed Crawlspace Project in the “OPTIONS” portion of the proposal or “INCLUDED” with all “BONUS ROOM COMFORT SOLUTION” PROJECTS.
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… spray foam as it pertains to our mixed-humid Raleigh, NC climate…
Foam, the best insulator, adds strength to everything it touches while it stops air movement.
Spray foam is possible due to specialized heating, pumping, mixing, and breathing equipment. Unlike the cans at the hardware store, to get the … Read more
Don’t be confused about radiant barriers. If you have high-bills and comfort problems, you don’t need radiant barrier. There are plenty of folks and products that aim to reduce the temperature of the attic. What we do is air-seal and protect your wall insulation from the attic so that in … Read more
Weatherstripping? We prefer Sill Seal at 3.5″
Glue and Stapled
Your solution may be unique and different. Strategic Carpentry!… Read more
Have you ever wondered why crawlspaces and attics are so awful?
I would argue that the #1 reason is poor lighting.
People don’t want to be in dark places, therefor the quality of work plummets. Once one workman leaves a bit of trash under a home, or in an attic, … Read more
These simple concepts will allow you to understand how your home uses energy to increase comfort.
- A hole and a driving force are needed for a building to leak.
- A driving force can be anything…. Wind, Heat, Fans, Clothes Dryer, Dirty Filter, etc…
- Air leaks through the
Here is another method which is awesome!
It is hard to believe the NONE of our competition in the sealed crawlspace business is sealing the floor system before they seal in all the funk and begin positively pressurizing the crawlspace with supply side air induction. Crazy!
Another method of “Sealing … Read more
1) Hot air can hold more water. Absolute humidity is “relative” to air temperature. At 75 degrees Fahrenheit & 65% RH there is “no risk for mold”. At a cooler 70 degrees Fahrenheit, a more humid 66% RH is still “no risk for mold”. The dynamic relationship between Temperature and … Read more
The NC Sealed Crawlspace Code requires a mechanical means of moisture control. For crawlspaces with existing supply duct-work a simple louvered vent will suffice as the Code Approved Crawlspace Drying Mechanism. This is far superior to a dehumidifier. In homes with no ducting in the crawlspace it is possible to … Read more
Bare Minimum Sealed Crawlspace
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Crawlspaces have become a source of confusion for consumers. Lets end that.
What are the minimum requirements for a vented crawlspace?
Most brand new homes have black 6mil vapor barrier overlapped to cover all of the ground, although you can … Read more
Hello folks with vented crawlspaces. The best and most affordable method for increasing comfort, saving money, reducing household moisture, reducing pest infestation, and improving indoor air quality.
The Sealed Crawlspace with No Insulation.
A sealed crawlspace with zero insulation in the floor and zero insulation on the walls will always … Read more
Stetten Home Services creates many variations of “sealed-crawlspaces” to suit peoples varying needs. The photos in the link below represent our “Deluxe” Crawlspace Renovations. What sets us apart, is all the hard work we put into preparing the space. We can remove all the old insulation and debris, hang all … Read more
Just two pics of this crawlspace.
This is really the ultimate in High-Performance Construction as far as crawlspaces are concerned. We recommend the use of a mechanic’s cart when working in a crawlspace like this. Your knees with thanks us!… Read more
Ideally there would be two separate pipes leaving the foundation laying directly on top of the lowest footing. These pipes could be run parallel and to daylight and it is often okay to marry the two pipes downstream.
A vapor barrier should convey any liquid that falls on top of … Read more
There is no graceful way to explain our thoughts on HVAC, given the variables, so without further ado, a random list of thoughts/facts on High-Performance HVAC Critical Details:
In 2011, the average residential customer in the U.S. spent 11.7 cents/KWH via U.S. Energy Information Administration. The EIA reports that … Read more
Attic Air-Sealing, HVAC Replacement, Junk-Removal, Creedmore, NC
This job was a huge success. The owner’s have lived through many drafty years, and high heating bills, and had only one window mounted A/C Unit. They now set temperatures as they wish in each area. 6 total indoor blowers and 2 total … Read more
Mold – Chapel Hill, NC
Complaint: Mold all over walls around HVAC system, and around the registers.Problem started when new HVAC system was installed by big company in red and blue van.
Diagnosis. Air-Handler and Heat-Pump/Compressor over-sized. Ducts are leaky. House is negatively pressurized when HVAC system is operating drawing … Read more
Raleigh, NC – Coracini Residence
DELUXE SEALED CRAWLSPACE – August 2010
Stage 1 – Bush Removal, Junk Removal & Insulation Removal, Crawlspace Lighting Installation 8/12/2010
Stage 2 – Heavy Duty Sealed Liner 8/13/2010
Stage 3 – Seal/Insulate with “banana pudding”, Fix Door, Install Walking Pad, Signage, and RH monitor 8/14… Read more
The photos depict what seems to be the absolute best energy remodel possible, in terms of performance, & also the level of detail.
Prep took 2.5 Days: Insulation & Debris Removal, Venting Bath Fans, Vapor Barriers, Surface Protection.
About a week passed… we took care of several plumbing leaks … Read more
DELUXE SEALED ATTIC and CRAWL – Downtown Raleigh, NC
Owner purchased energy audit immediately upon taking ownership years ago. As a result, SHS removed the fiberglass from the crawlspace, installed a heavy-duty vapor barrier, and sealed all the duct-work, and at that time, the budget didn’t allow for insulating. The … Read more
HOW DOES YOUR BUILDING STACK UP TO OTHERS?
HOW MANY DOLLARS / SQUARE FOOT / YEAR do you spend on energy bills?
Somewhere between $0.40/sf/yr and $2.50/sf/yr. Hopefully less because of weatherization.
All buildings should have a logical place for information to be stored and accessed. A website, a folder, … Read more
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Stetten Home Services
Deluxe Sealed Crawlspace + Deluxe Sealed Attic. Raleigh, NC
The Completed Tasks List:
1-Removed Fiberglass insulation from crawlspace and attics. Removed Junk.
2-Installed Heavy Duty Plastic Liner in crawlspace, Taped Seams and piers, Vents are plugged. Crawlspace Drying Mechanism in Crawlspace. Brand-New High-Quality Crawlspace Door.
3-Sealed Attics with spray-foam. Sealed … Read more