When you are thinking about installing new insulation, it’s a good idea to hire a professional to do the job. Unquestionably, the benefits greatly outweigh any extra expense. In addition, the work that is done will have a guarantee and you will know that you’re getting the correct amount of R-value in each application.
How to Know You Need an Insulation Contractor
If your home has very little or no insulation at all, especially in the attic, you probably need to bring in a professional. Fully insulating house is a major job. Also, if you were planning any major structural changes, such as a room addition, you will probably want to hire a contractor for the insulation. In addition, some areas are simply too hard for the average homeowner to attempt to insulate. For example, insulating crawl spaces can be exhausting and very difficult.
Another reason to bring in a contractor for insulation work is if you have older wiring in your home, since this wiring can be extremely dangerous if mishandled. Also, if your current insulation is poorly installed, wet or otherwise damaged, you had best call a professional.
Choosing a Contractor
If you are looking for a qualified insulation contractor, you can try asking friends, family and your neighbors who have had work done recently. Another good source of information are local homebuilders who have to hire insulation companies as subcontractors. They should be able to provide you with a list of contractors they prefer to work with.
Questions to Ask
It is very important to get multiple estimates from several companies before you proceed. In addition, you should require a set bid from the contractor before you sign anything. Another important point is that while different contractors may suggest different kinds of insulation, the R-value recommendations should be the same. In addition to the cost, other questions you should ask include:
- What different kinds of insulation will the contractor be using?
- In each case, what R-value will he be aiming for?
- Will vapor barriers be used, and what kinds?
- What is the time estimate for the completion of the job?
- Is the contractor bonded and insured?
- What are his certifications?
- Is his work fully compliant with local building codes?
- Finally, what are the details of the guarantee he offers for his work?
Your home is an enormous investment, and you will want to make sure that any modifications or work you have done to it protects its value. By hiring a professional contractor to install your new insulation, you can ensure that the work is done right.