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Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation

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Due to our weather and proximity to the ocean, Outer Banks contractors are held to some of the strictest building codes in the nation. Coastal winds, moisture content, humidity and our hot summer months are consistent elements that must be considered when developing standards and practices that result in premium construction.
When you build on (or near) the Outer Banks, achieving energy efficiency in cooling and heating your home is a crucial factor to take into consideration. Dream Builders Construction and Development uses Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) to insulate our homes because it is the single most effective insulation barrier to minimize air leakage.
There are two types of SPF:
1. Closed Cell – This 2 pound foam is suitable for interior and exterior applications and features an R-value of 6+, and
2. Open Cell – This half pound foam is designed for interior application only and has an R-value of approximately 3.5.

Both closed and open cell are sound dampening and cannot sustain mold. R-value essentially means the resistance a product has to air flow, so a higher R-value means a greater insulation rating. With that said, both types of SPFs significantly reduce the amount of energy required to heat or a cool a structure resulting in long standing cost saving to homeowners.

How SPF Works: The foam consists of two chemical components that are combined onsite and then transferred to a mixing gun through a heated hose system. The reaction of these components creates foam which expands on contact and then quickly hardens to effectively fill wall and ceiling cavities.

Closed cell insulation resists water while open cell in not recommended for areas that come into direct contact with water. Our company predominantly uses the more environmentally friendly open cell to insulate the Outer Banks homes we build. Although we always use closed cell to insulate portions of any structure located below the base flood zone. This is an important step because closed cell insulation is impervious to moisture therefore rejecting bulk water that may occur through flooding.

Federal regulations determine insulation standards for R-values, thickness and the coverage area. We always use a licensed professional who provides an insulation certificate documenting this information on a Record of Installation. When your Outer Banks new construction home is completed, this is one of the many documents and warranties that are included in the personalized Homeowner’s Manual that we produce for our homeowners.

NC was ranked in the top 5 in-bound states for US residents in 2015

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North Carolina is Beautiful! Come on over and see the many reasons why NC was ranked in the top 5 in-bound states for US residents in 2015.

Oregon is the most popular moving destination of 2015 with 69 percent of moves to and from the state being inbound. The state has continued to climb the ranks, increasing inbound migration by 10 percent over the past six years. New to the 2015 top inbound list is another Pacific West state, Washington, which came in at No. 10 with 56 percent inbound moves.

Moving In – The top inbound states of 2015 were:

  1. Oregon
  2. South Carolina
  3. Vermont
  4. Idaho
  5. North Carolina
  6. Florida
  7. Nevada
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Texas
  10. Washington

View the top in and out-bound states in the US by clicking here.

Transportation board OKs speed-up of Mid-Currituck Bridge

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330x220By Sam Walker – Outer Banks Voice
The North Carolina Board of Transportation voted Thursday to speed up the construction timeline for the long-proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge between the mainland and Corolla.

The board also gave approval to accelerating planning for additional travel lanes on U.S. 158 from the Wright Memorial Bridge to Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, and for improvements of the U.S. 158/N.C. 12 intersection in Kitty Hawk that could include an interstate-style interchange.

The amendments to the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program, which dictates NCDOT projects for the next decade, came about from changes instituted in the state government budget approved in 2015.

Read full article on the Outer Banks Voice.