Posts tagged with "el paso custom homes"

Going Custom: The Benefits of Spray Foam Insulation

Custom built homes are a relatively new phenomenon. In the past decade or so homebuyers have really started to see the benefit of building their dream home through a custom home builder. This type of approach means you have knowledge and control of some of the structural and fundamental aspects of the home. From the frame to the coat of wall paint, the homeowner is engaged in the process. Last month we wrote a brief overview of some of our main energy efficient features. We thought we’d look at our newest addition a little closer.

Spray Foam Insulation as a Signature Feature

At ICON Homes we use 100% spray foam insulation. You may have heard the term, but what does it mean to you as a homeowner? There are plenty of short-term and long-term benefits. Spray foam, also known as polyurethane foam (SPF), is a highly versatile and effective insulation method used in residential and commercial buildings. Air leakage can account for a significant portion of lost energy, and the right barrier will prevent this and cut down on energy bills and keep your home at a comfortable level.

There are two types of spray foam insulation. There is the less dense and spongy-textured open-cell. Then there is the more rigid closed-cell foam that has high-density cells that are closed. Spray foam insulation is usually designated with an R-value. This refers to a material’s ability to resist heat flow. A higher number means a higher R-value. This can also depend on whether you are using closed-cell or open-cell. The R-value is a type of metric with which you can measure the efficiency of the insulation and how well it is protecting your home.

The Benefits

There is a myriad of benefits when it comes to using polyurethane spray foam in homes. Let’s take a quick look at how it benefits homeowners and why it is the fastest growing insulation method in North America.

  • Airtight. Once it is applied, spray foam hardens, expands, and becomes an airtight surface that is highly effective in blocking the passage of air and moisture.
  • Versatile. Because it can be sprayed on any surface and small space, it is an incredibly versatile material.
  • Keeps out moisture. This type of insulation is great to keep moisture out. It protects the structural integrity of your home and means there is less maintenance required.
  • Soundproof. Polyurethane insulation is also a great barrier against sound coming from the outside or from other rooms in the house.
  • Relatively easy installation. The installation of this type of insulation does not present any added complications to the building process and is, in effect, simple to install, even in those hard to reach places.  

The Background of Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation came about in the days of World War II. The preliminary technology was developed by a German industrial chemist named Otto Bayer, who had been working with polyurethane in the late thirties. Polyurethane was typically used for military and aviation purposes related to the war.  The concept was brought to the U.S not long after by David Enyon of Mobay, a company working with the American war effort.

It was not until the next decade that polyurethane began to be experimented with as home insulation. Proceeding inventions made the application of the material easier, which increased its popularity. New approaches like the “blendometer”— a small apparatus that blended the components needed to make the material and produced the foam—propelled it into the mainstream. Advances in other industries, like the automobile industry, indirectly helped the advancement of this particular technology. It wasn’t until the 1980s, however, that the spray foam was more widely used for home insulation. It was around this time that the spray nozzle was invented for its application and heightened the popularity with home builders.

Go Custom with the Best Home Builders in El Paso

Many people today are choosing to go custom and building their new homes from the ground up. It is through this process that people have a say on some of the fundamental decisions of their home structure that will affect the way their house performs for years to come. What goes behind the walls is just as important as what you see in front of them. We use spray foam insulation because it provides the client with more value. It enhances the integrity of the home. It makes for a better performing and more comfortable house. If you’re looking to buy a home, make your home an ICON. El Paso’s best custom home builders and designers are ready to build your vision!

Integrity of Architecture in Modern Homes: Functionality and Efficiency

Integrity is more than just a word here at ICON Homes.  We take this word very seriously; it represents the high standards we set for ourselves as a builder, designer, and people working for and helping in the community.  It is applied in every step of our process and has been the way we approach any new project.  So while we have been building homes for over 15 years, and since this is our first post of this kind we would like to dedicate the time to begin talking about some of the new and exciting things that ICON is doing with our homes. Because it’s not just about building a modern home that looks beautiful—although that goes without saying— it’s about transforming people’s lives throughout the construction of something that will not only be an integral part of their lives but a conversational piece for years to come.

While there can be a full blog post dedicated to each of these features individually, let’s look at a brief overview of some of the characteristics that make our homes stand out from other custom home builders in El Paso. We’ll be discussing each one in detail in future posts.

About Our Energy Efficient Features

When it comes to energy efficiency, our homes are far ahead of the pack. We have invested a lot of time researching the best and newest amenities available in homes being built today and looking for ways to implement them at a reasonable price to give our future homeowners a true sense of value in their purchase.

Spray Foam Insulation

All of our homes are built exclusively with 100% spray foam insulation on all of the exterior walls and roof deck. What does this mean to you? It means a better and more effective home insulation, and therefore energy savings that you can see stay in your pocketbook. Spray foam is designed to expand (up to 100 times its original size) in volume to fill air spaces—big and small—without compressing or sagging over time.

Air leakage can account for up to 40% of energy cost to heat and cool your home. Spray foam has been proven to be the most effective barrier against air leaks. The chemical properties of the foam create this perfect air barrier that withstands exterior elements and provides the necessary R-value to meet and exceed the Energy Code requirements. In fact, most spray foams will come with a lifetime warranty, which adds yet another benefit and value to our customers.

Tankless Water Heaters

These types of heaters are now becoming more and more popular and accepted as the next step towards having a truly energy efficient home. This water heater will typically use 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks. For homes that use less than 41 gallons of water a day, they can be up to 24% to 34% more energy efficient than the conventional storage tank water heater. These classic water heaters heat water constantly, thus spending energy all day. Tankless water heaters heat up water only when you turn on the faucet, which is why they are often called “on demand” water heaters.

Insulated Foundation, Garage Door & Garage

Having a solid foundation protected from moisture and enhancing your home’s structural integrity are part of our standard energy efficiency features. A garage door and a garage that is insulated will not only help regulate temperature better, but it will also protect against moisture and minimize heat loss.

Build with Integrity and Make Your Home An ICON

Make your next home an ICON, and stand high above the rest! Part of the reason why our homes have some of the best features and amenities is that we construct a home that will not only be comfortable and convenient, but that will provide your family with optimal performance. We build modern homes that are meant to last and to do far more than just look pretty. Connect with us today to learn more about what we have to offer.