Coming May 2021

The Industry Leader in Existing Home Insulation is Coming to the Carolinas

What is RetroFoam? Is it the right insulation for my home? We are working hard on getting all of the details ready to launch on May 3rd, 2021.

Until then, feel free to explore the information found on this page, call our office at 704-240-3080, or fill out the form, and our customer concierge team members will be glad to help!

Seriously, you’re not wasting our time, and we love to talk about foam and how to help you stabilize your energy bills!

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Retrofoam of the Carolinas

What to Expect From Estimate to Install.

1. Schedule a Free Estimate

To schedule an estimate with RetroFoam of the Carolinas’ in North Carolina, South Carolina, or lower Virginia, call our office at 704-240-3080 or fill out the form on this page. One of our customer concierge team members will reach out to you to schedule your estimate. Our estimates are typically scheduled between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2. We'll Create A Plan That Is Right For You

One of our project managers will meet with you at the scheduled time. They will ask you questions that help them fully understand what energy or comfort problems you are experiencing. On our team, the project managers are our traveling problem solvers, so ask away!

The project manager will take some measurements, look around the house, attic, crawl space, and discuss recommendations based on your goals. Our process is a stress-free, process and our project managers are upfront with their recommendations. It is important to us that you have all of the information you need to make an informed decision. You can expect a written quote and a great discussion on what you and your family can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Because the times “are a-changin,” our project managers also provide the option to do a virtual video call. We do not mind meeting in person or over the internet. We meet you at your comfort level.

3. Schedule, Prep, and Install

On the day of the installation, the foreman will review the project with you, and the crew will begin prepping. Do you want to sit inside and catch up on your “stories?” That’s fine. Do you want to look over their shoulders and ask lots of questions? That’s fine too!

Once the installation is complete, the crew will clean up and do a final walk to review the project one last time and collect the final payment. They will pick up and head out, leaving you with a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.

As a side note, something that we think is pretty neat: After about a week, we hear a lot of homeowners say, “I just realized that it is so much quieter now! I don’t hear the street traffic anymore, and the HVAC unit isn’t running nearly as often!”

4. Follow-Up and Warranty

RetroFoam of the Carolinas’ concierge is available anytime along the process to answer questions and to help make your experience as simple and as convenient as possible.

After the job is complete, they will follow up with a call to ensure that everything went as planned. If you have any applicable home energy rebates for which you would like to apply, the concierge will be happy to help with it. They will also assemble your warranty package and will mail it to you.

As part of your lifetime warranty, Retrofoam of the Carolinas will be here long after we installed your insulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The quick and short answer- not necessarily.

Why? Well, the easiest way to respond to this great question is to ask you to think back to family trips. Remember your parent(s) loading up the cooler with ice? Remember how not too long into the trip part of the responsibility of someone to drain the water out of the cooler or else lunch would be floating in the melted ice? Remember having to start each morning either at the hotel ice machine or swinging into the gas station to buy another bag of ice?

Fast forward a bit. Do you remember the first time you heard of friends or families or outfitting stores talking about “Yetis®?” Remember how you were confused about the hubbub regarding BigFoot, only to find out they were talking about coolers? Remember when you saw the price tag on one of those, and you wondered why anyone would spend that kind of money on a cooler? Remember the first time you grabbed a soda from a friend’s Yeti cooler and how impressed you were when you learned that the bag of ice was more than 24-hours days old?

Home insulation is very similar. It can either make your home act like a middle-market cooler or a top of the line Yeti®. The builders who built your home did it to the specs of the “old cooler” your family used to have. Retrofoam of the Carolinas turns your home into a top-of-the-line, efficient, and energy-saving “cooler” you and your wallet need it to be.

Retrofoam homes are sealed better. They trap the cold in and block out the heat of the summer. And in the winter, of course, the reverse is true – the heat stays in, and the cold stays out.

Retrofoam customers have reported that they save anywhere from 15-50 percent on their monthly energy bills after installing foam insulation. The amount of their savings depends upon factors such as the age of their home, types of windows in the house, construction methods, thermostat settings, and lifestyle preferences. It also depends on what type of insulation you want us to install. Just the exterior walls? Or do you want us to seal up the attic, the walls, and the crawl space?

Retrofoam of the Carolinas can install foam insulation in both new and existing homes. We install foam insulation to pole barns, cargo vans, attics, walls, crawl spaces, basements, and use foam to level your slab. Seriously, we love foam.

The short answer is that the upfront cost of foam insulation is more expensive than fiberglass and cellulose insulation. However, due to fiberglass and cellulose’s inefficiencies and the wear tear on HVAC units over time, they are the more expensive options for home insulation.

Foam insulation is an entirely different way to seal a home and keep “bought air” inside the house and the outside temperatures out. It is a lot different than fiberglass insulation and cellulose insulation. Neither fiberglass nor cellulose insulations seal up the wall or joist cavities, and air and heat can more easily permeate the fiberglass and cellulose. When air and heat permeate, your money is leaving the house – or as my marketing guys say, “Your house is leaking money.”

Our foams are specialized chemicals that mix at the end of our tools’ nozzles and fill in all of the spaces and voids that the fiberglass and cellulose can’t fill. In other words, we can pack more insulating material into the same area as the other insulations, so indeed, there is a higher upfront cost than fiberglass and cellulose insulation.

Some comparisons show injection foam and spray foam can be about two times higher than blown-in cellulose and fiberglass, but remember – we are packing more product into the same cavity.

So why do it? Because the monthly savings on your energy bills makes it worth it. And with our financing options, Retrofoaming your home is an option for everyone.

Retrofoam of the Carolinas offers financing through Green Sky Financing. Your Project Manager will be able to help you qualify for funding if it is needed. It is a fast process, and the homeowner is typically approved while the Project Manager is with the homeowner.

If your home has the pink stuff or the old yellow stuff or the old shredded up newspaper-looking stuff in your crawlspaces and attics, stained with water and rust and animal… stuff, yeah, we are willing to bet that you want that out of your house. We would like that too! But don’t worry, you don’t need to do it. We have giant vacuums that suck that stuff right up and out of your home! And the guys love doing it! They like doing it so much that they can’t believe that we pay them to do it!

So yes, we will come in and remove the existing attic, crawl space, and rim joist insulation so that we can install the foam insulation.

But what about the existing in-wall insulation? Don’t worry about it. When we inject insulation into the existing, closed-up walls, the Retrofoam compresses the existing insulation as it fills the cavity.

For the inwall injection foam, it typically takes about half of a day.

For spraying in the attics, it just depends on our access areas to the attic. We go to great lengths to cover the work areas and the walking routes to the attic in plastic so that your only way of knowing we were ever there is from the lower energy bills. That being said, in most situations, a house can be insulated in a day or less. There are situations where it could take two days, especially if old insulation needs removed from a large area.

When we are injection foaming your exterior walls, it is fine to be home, and we encourage it!

If we are spray foaming your attic or crawl space, most homeowners choose to stay at home. We use a low odor foam, so it does not take long for the smell to dissipate, and we add extra ventilation to pull the smells out of the home even faster. Some homeowners choose to run errands while we work. The odor is typically gone within 2-4 hours. If a customer has asthma, we will recommend that they leave the house for 24 hours.

Once you speak to our project manager regarding what type of foam insulation we will be installing, they will also discuss the appropriate amount of time, if any, you should anticipate being away from home.

The number one determinant of cost for foam insulation is the size of the area being insulated. Are we insulating the attic? The crawl space? The outer walls? How thick are the studs? Is it spray foam or injection foam? What is the required application thickness?

In injection foam, the type of siding on the home will also impact the installation cost.

A project manager visit is free of charge. Warranty visits also, of course, are free of charge. For an injection project, it is a minimum fee of $450 for us to send a crew out for an install. A spray foam project is a minimum fee of $1,150 – $1,550 for an install.

An injection hose is run all of the ways to the top of the exterior wall cavity and then all of the ways to the bottom. If the hose runs into obstructions or blockages, another hole is drilled either above or below it, and more foam will be injected to make sure that the cavity is completely filled.

But we can’t see everything. We don’t skimp, and our installers know that it is their job to hunt down every crack and crevice, but even so, there are blocks and braces in the walls that we cannot detect. So, let’s say you are having work done in the future, and you find a tiny spot that is missing foam? Just call the concierge team and let them know, and we will send a crew out to fill it free of charge!

Absolutely! We spray and inject a lot of this stuff, so we wouldn’t want to be around it otherwise! Both injection foam and spray foam insulation are safe to have in every area of your home. The spray foam insulation we use is certified Gold Green and has a low VOC. Retrofoam injection foam is completely non-toxic and has no off-gassing.

The cladding (fancy term for the outermost layer of siding, whether it be brick or vinyl) does affect installing the inwall insulation.

In existing homes, foam insulation is installed by removing a siding piece from around the house. Holes are then drilled in the sheathing between the studs, and the cavities are filled with the Retrofoam injection foam. Once the cavities have been filled, the hole is plugged, and the siding is replaced.

Foam insulation can also be installed when the siding is brick. Small holes are drilled in the mortar joints at three different levels per stud cavity. The crews can install the foam into the wythe cavity (The 2” air space between the brick and the sheathing), or they can penetrate in through the sheathing and fill the stud cavity, or they can fill both. The project manager can discuss this option and price it accordingly during your visit.

Sure! Our crews can install foam insulation from the inside of the home. Of course, drilling a 2” hole in an interior wall is a bit more intrusive than an exterior install and requires more prep work.

We ask that everything within 6 feet of the walls is pulled back out of the way. Our crews will cover all surfaces, including the floor and furniture, to ensure they are protected.

Holes are drilled into the drywall between the studs, and the foam insulation is injected into the cavities. Once the cavity is full, a plug is put into place, and a rough coat of drywall mud is applied over the top of it.

So why would anyone opt for this? Many homeowners who are remodeling their interiors and have a decent sheetrock repair and paint crew will have us do an interior install since they will be touching up the drywall and painting anyway.

No one likes to hear their neighbors anymore. Or, don’t want their neighbors to hear them! Yes, we get many calls from clients that want us to add foam to their walls to help deaden the sound. Our injection foam is an open-cell foam that is a softer material that helps to reduce sound waves. On new construction, we also use open-cell spray foam that is great at deadening sound waves. So if your neighbor’s son is going to learn the drums this summer, foaming your home will have benefits well beyond heating and cooling! But if little Jimmy wants to rock, he’s going to rock, and if your houses are close together, you’ll still hear a little bit, but it won’t be as noticeable as before. That’s a long way to say that while foam insulation will deaden the sound, it is not entirely soundproof.

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