|Steve Thomas Is Still Renovating|
David: This article is from sprayfoam.com. This company help This Old House in 1990 with its winter project house in Santa Fe.
Steve Thomas, former host of the popular PBS series, This Old House (1989-2003), and Renovation Nation (2007-2009) on the Planet Green channel, is used to renovating challenging homes across the U.S. His most recent project, though, was exceptional for two reason: it was his own newly purchased 100-year-old adobe-style home in downtown Santa Fe, NM, and it was a mess.
For help, Thomas turned to someone he met while filming the show in Santa Fe in the 90s: Aaron Lewis, with the local Santa Fe firm Southwest Spray Foam. Lewis and partner, Matt Segura, immediately got to work on the crumbling roof. They removed layer upon layer of tar, and the original roofing small "latillas", aspen or juniper branches laid across wooden "vigas" or beams, and over 16 tons of dirt. They cleaned it, did extensive repairs to the roof deck then used 6 to 12 inches of spray foam insulation (SPF Insulation) by NCFI Polyurethanes, the U.S. company that pioneered spray foam insulation back in the 1960s, and not coincidentally the company that supplied the insulation for the This Old House episode in the 90s.
After roofing the home with NCFI's SPF roofing system, EnduraRock, Southwest Spray Foam insulated the rest of the home. Segura says, "Spray foam insulation is super insulation. It gives superior R-value, conforms to any shape?which was really important on these old adobe homes we help save?is a water and air barrier, which makes the house healthier, gives the homeowner amazing energy savings, and allows us to maintain the design integrity of the American Southwest. It's really the only insulation you can use around here."
Segura says, "He [Thomas] knows his building materials and building science, and he wanted the best for his home. NCFI is the best, so we used 3 to 4 inches of NCFI's InsulStar SPF high-performance, closed-cell insulation on the new concrete slab floors covering radiant heat tubing, and 5 to 8 inches on the exterior of the walls. The SPF insulation was then covered with a one-inch layer of cementitious stucco colored to match the neighborhood." Segura adds the InsulStar works so well Thomas was able to ditch his plans to install air conditioning.
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