Take An #InsulationVacation, Part 2: The East CoastJune 16, 2017
We’re on the second leg of our Insulation Vacation! This time, we’re taking a look at the entire East Coast and what it means for East Coast insulation. Don’t blink! You might miss something, like Rhode Island, which is the smallest state in the country. However, it has the longest official name of any state in the Union, which is the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
The East Coast was originally known as the West Coast, until mapmakers realized they were looking at America backwards and made the necessary corrections. All of the original thirteen British colonies were on the East Coast. There is a wide spectrum of cultures and climates along that side of the country, which stretches from New England down to Florida.
A strong disparity in weather patterns that makes insulation so important on the East Coast:
- from Maine to Connecticut, you’ve got warm summers and eternal snowy winters;
- from Southern Connecticut to the eastern shore of Virginia, the climate is temperate with hot summers and cool winters with a mix of rain and snow;
- from Virginia Beach to Central Florida, summers are hot and humid and winters are mild;
- and from South Central Florida to the Keys, winter is non-existent and it is swamp hot all year long.
It’s vital for East Coast insulation installers to know which R-value to use depending on which region they’re in. For example: installers in upper New England should be filling a non-insulated attic with R49 to R60 and reinforcing attic insulation with fill values between R38 to R49.
If you’re an insulation installer on the East Coast, we hope you’re using blowers and vacuums from Capitol Machine International. Regardless of the climate, our machines can handle any job you throw at it, even if you’re in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Man, that’s a mouthful.