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Insulation Contractor Services

  • Batt insulation installation,
  • Rolled insulation installation,
  • Blown-in insulation installation,
  • Walls and ceilings.

Benefits of Hiring an Insulation Professional

While a simple, straightforward insulation job might be within your ability, there are benefits to hiring a professional insulation installer rather than doing the job yourself.:  

  • Insulating a house is rarely simple and straightforward. Recessed can lights, for instance, are tricky to insulate around because they get hot.
  • Wet or damp insulation, mold, rotting joists, etc. indicate leaks that must be fixed before you go any further. 
  • If your kitchen, bathroom, or clothes dryer vents exhaust directly into the attic space, you need to change the system before you insulate. Ventilation in the attic directly affects insulation integrity and a professional will be able to spot problems and resolve them.
  • An older home may have knob and tube wiring (pre-1930) or other wiring issues that can be a fire hazard when in contact with insulation
  • The possible presence of asbestos or lead paint changes your work site into a hazardous waste cleanup with all kinds of regulatory standards to uphold.
  • A certified professional has access to equipment and supplies along with the knowledge and skill to customize the best choice of insulation to your unique home’s needs.

Questions to Ask an Insulation Contractor Before Hiring Them

It is a good idea to make a list of important questions to ask an insulation installation professional before hiring or contracting them to do a job. Make copies of your list so that you can ask several contractors the same questions and compare them before getting estimates from at least three companies.

  • Look on sites like Better Business Bureau for reputable insulation installers. 
  • Ask for references to jobs they have done before and contact them for their opinion of the company’s work.
  • Ask questions about the materials they will use. Look at R-values rather than thickness. If you are unsure about terms, educate yourself so you know what the installer is talking about.
  • Find out how the installers are paid. If it is by square footage rather than by the hour, they might do a fast job to make more money and cut some corners.
  • Go to their site and research all associations and certifications mentioned. Then ask if the actual installer will have those certifications.
  • Check their insurance coverage. Ask for proof of up-to-date insurance that will cover any damage to your home or injury to workers.
  • Look at the labels for the insulation being offered. Look for a guarantee of specific R-values. If there is not a label on the insulation, it isn’t trustworthy and probably indicates that you should hire someone else. The Federal Trade Commission requires this.
  • Spray foam insulation requires specific application procedures and ventilation needs. If you are having this installed, make sure the contractor is trained and credentialed to use spray foam and that you have a clear time frame for how long your family will need to be out of the house. Spray foam also has specific air temperature and humidity requirements and may need to have added fire protection elements if local building codes stipulate this.
  • Ask if any incentives and rebates will be available by having them do the work.

When you have narrowed down your potential insulation installer, ask for a consultation and estimate. This is your chance to see how comfortable you will be with having them in your home.

  • Some companies will do an energy audit to give a clear picture of your home’s insulation flaws. If there are big differences between two different companies’ audit results then it is time to get a third opinion.

  • Ask if they have done a similar job and what that was like. Ask if there are things you should expect or watch for.

  • Ask if they give a warranty on their work and what it covers.

  • Ask how they handle quality control.

  • Ask to see their contractor’s license and look it up to make sure it is still valid and that the qualifications match what they will do.

  • Ask if they will be hiring subcontractors and check their qualifications, too. Make sure subcontractors are fully insured by the company and will meet the standards you expect. Ask how the workers are trained and certified on the type of insulation you will be having installed.
  • Ask about safety procedures. Will there be a need for personal protective equipment? Will there be a need for safety precautions for your family during installation?
  • Ask for recommendations on the type of insulation your home needs and ask why that is their choice. What are the pros? What are the cons? 
  • Ask all the questions that come to mind and write down the answers. This is your chance to get educated about your home and how it works, and to see what this professional values.
  • Ask about financial arrangements, lien waivers, warranties, and other guarantees of satisfaction. Make your budget constraints clear.

  • Ask how they handle the worksite. Will your family need to stay out of an area? Will equipment be left at your home? How will they keep dust and debris out of your living area if they need to do demolition to install the insulation? Who cleans up at the end of the day?

  • Ask if the person you are speaking with face-to-face will be there every day during the job’s timeline. Ask for contact information in case any issue comes up. Ask who has the insurance information if there is an injury on the crew.

  • Estimates should be detailed, specifying the type and R-factor of insulation being used, timelines, cleanup of the job site at the end of the day, at the end of the job, and any action required on your part. Permits, inspections, etc. need to be included. Ventilation and vapor barriers must be specified or that insulation will be part of a moisture problem in the future.

  • Make sure there is a definite timeline for the work to be done. Starting dates and estimated ending dates are good. What happens if there is a delay? Will they be working every day until the job is done?

  • Once the job is completed, check that the insulation you were promised is installed correctly and in the proper amounts. Only then should you get a receipt that verifies the contract is fulfilled. 

Insulation Professional Training

Insulation isn’t something you see once it is installed but it makes a huge difference in your energy bills and the value of your home. Because of its importance, the insulation industry has high standards for installers.

  • Many insulation installers need to be familiar with hazardous materials and wear personal protective equipment. This results in professional installers being very invested in their own training and continuing education.
  • Different types of insulation require different training. A good company will make sure all workers are up to date on industry standards and safety procedures.
  • The Building Performance Institute, Inc. has resources for understanding how your home works and finding certified professionals.
  • The Insulation Contractor’s Association of America is another good resource for finding information on the training and certification process your installer should have.

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