When Rob Palmieri talks about his business, he doesn’t talk a lot about money. Instead, he remembers an elderly widow he went to call on who was living in an old, drafty home. Her husband planned to have their home insulated, but couldn’t get to it before he died.
Now she was living alone in the old house trying to stay warm, but Palmieri’s $2,200 insulating estimate was beyond her budget. But the homemade apple pie she was feeding him reminded him of his grandmother’s.
“I said, ‘We’re going to make a special deal here,’” recalled Palmieri of Pittsburgh Foam Fill Services. “‘I’m going to insulate your house to keep you warm, and you can make me a pie.’” The exchange continued for six months until the woman’s death. His entire company went to the funeral and met her family, who, of course, knew all about Palmieri’s kind gesture.
“If someone needs help you have to help them,” added Palmieri. “Otherwise, the whole world is going to stop.”
Pittsburgh Foam Fill Services specializes in a kind of insulation increasingly popular in homes. Mixed with water and injected into the side of a house it turns into a tripolymer spray foam insulation that fills the walls. “It comes out like shaving cream,” Palmieri said.
Palmieri said his business used to do primarily commercial and industrial work but residential foam insulation is becoming more common. Two years ago, the company did 50 to 100 houses. Now it installs home foam insulation in 3,000 residences annually.
Spray foam insulation presents a number of advantages for homeowners looking to cut heating bills, such as…
- Eco-friendly. Spray foam insulation is environmentally inert. It will not harm plants if any should leak during installation and can simply be hosed away.
- Fire retardant. The insulation is resistant to fire and can improve your home to a four-hour fire rating.
- No poisonous chemicals. Pittsburgh Foam Fill’s insulation gives off no CFCs or formaldehyde as some other insulator might.
- Energy efficient. Like other insulations, spray foam insulation reduces your heating and cooling costs.
- Reduces taxes. There are lots of ways to reduce costs. Foam fill insulation may make your home eligible for the government’s new energy-saving tax credits.
- Soundproofing. For those who live on a busy street, spray foam insulation may not just keep in heat. It also keeps out unwanted noise from passing traffic.
Homeowners should look for a reputable service provider when considering foam injection insulation. Professional training is important in order to make certain the foam is mixed and applied correctly. Worse, some companies may cut corners and only inject a small amount of foam leaving walls partially empty in order to save on costs.
“We cure that problem with a thermal imaging camera,” he said. “They’re about $12,000, and each of my trucks has one.” Palmieri said that homeowners can watch on the device as their walls are filled to be sure they’re getting exactly what Palmieri promises. It fits with his core value of always doing the right thing.
Originally posted 2010-02-17 09:00:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter