Insulation Terms to Know: K-Value, R-Value, U-Value

While we make it a point not too use too much industry jargon while talking with our customers, it is inevitable that a few technical terms — like K-value, R-value and U-value — will come up. If we've used any of these in our meetings before and neglected to explain (sorry about that!), here's what we meant. K-value, R-value and U-value all have something to do with how effective an insulating material will be. More specifically, we're looking at a product's ability to reduce heat exchange between a surface and the environment — the whole point of insulation! K-value K-value is shorthand for "thermal conductivity," a.k.a. how quickly heat flows through one square foot of insulating material.

5 Reasons We Love Fall in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Just a few miles north of the aspen-filled Rockies, lies Cheyenne — likely not the first place that comes to mind when you think of autumn, but full of awe-inspiring gold-washed foliage none the less. Fall in Cheyenne is truly a special thing. Whether you're strolling through the historic Avenues neighborhood, hiking in the Medicine Bow National Forest or observing the changing seasons at Lions Park, you will be struck by the beauty that awaits. And, hey, if winter comes early, you just have more time to build a snowman! Here are ten more reasons we love fall in Cheyenne. The mountain biking is unreal. Head down Happy Jack Road toward Medicine Bow National Forest and you're just a few miles

Get to Know Carter: Ward's Founder and President

What inspired you to open Ward Insulation? Tell us the story. I am a tech nerd. I have always loved technology and have always enjoyed experimenting with PV panels and alternative energies, particularly as a kid in physics class. At the time we were learning about energy loss and working on ways to make energy transfer more efficient. Perpetual energy systems aren't yet available, but the concept always seemed brilliant to me. In order to do it, the conservation of energy was the necessity, not the production of energy. Construction is also a big part of my story. When I was 15, I wanted a job, so I started in residential construction — framing, trimming, setting cabinets, painting, concrete

Is Insulation Expensive?

At Ward Insulation, we do everything we can to provide the very best to our customers — in our service, in who we hire, and in the quality of products we offer. We define proper insulation (or quality insulation) as that which offers the greatest benefit to the customer, is installed correctly, and meets our criteria for environmental impact. You can read more about that here. On average, most residential insulation projects cost somewhere between $874 and $1,892. A low estimate might be in the mid-$400s, where a high estimate can creep up toward $3,000. The cost of the project depends heavily on the square footage being insulated, the type of space being insulated, and the type of product b

Spray Foam vs Fiberglass: What's the Difference?

So, you've caught on to the fact that insulation is an important part of maintaining a comfortable home. But how do you know which type to install? At Ward Insulation, we make a personalized choice based on the exact needs of your home. But if you're going the DIY route, it can be hard to know the difference! Here are the big distinctions between the two. Fiberglass Insulation Fiberglass insulation is a traditional insulation material that is made up of extremely fine glass fibers. Fiberglass insulation traps air bubbles, creating an insulation effect that slows heat exchange between surfaces. This type of insulation is relatively inexpensive and can be installed as a DIY project. However, i

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