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How To Hire An Insulation Contractor

You Want An Insulation Contractor Who Walks The Walk

Choosing the right insulation contractor is one of the most important decisions in your insulation project. That's because anyone can "talk the talk" about insulation, it happens all the time. There is a big difference between popping your head into an attic or crawl space and providing a guess-timate and doing a thorough evaluation of your space. If you settle for the guess, it usually means you'll spend more money and may not get the results you want.

Q: How do I hire the right insulation contractor?
A: You want to hire a professional insulation contractor instead of a home improvement contractor or general contractor. Insulation can sometimes be treated like a commodity that anyone can do, but nothing could be further from the truth.

A professional insulation contractor devotes their time to insulation contracting services and focuses on your energy conservation and comfort, matching the correct materials and applications to maximize performance. They'll be able to let you know if you qualify for rebates, tax credits and incentives. You want to make sure you have the following:

  • A Home Energy Assessment – This assessment will give you an understanding of your current situation. It is an important first step in the process.
  • A Knowledgeable Recommendation – A professional insulation contractor has knowledge and experience that you won't find elsewhere because they have a wide variety of training and are familiar with local codes, regulations and applications.
  • Proper Installation – This is essential for insulation to perform properly. Knowledge of vapor retarders, air infiltration, ventilation, recessed lighting, and water pipes are just a few of the critical factors.
Q: What should I look for in the job contract or job estimate?
A: Once you have chosen an insulation contractor, make sure the contract includes the job specification, cost and method of payment. Make sure that the contract lists the type of insulation to be used and where it will be used. Make sure that each type of insulation is listed by R-value.

Avoid these types of things in the language of your estimate or contract:
  • Contracts with vague language such as R-values with the terms "plus or minus"; "+ or -"; "average"; or "nominal."
  • Don't accept a verbal offering for your insulation project
  • Beware of any contract that quotes the job in terms of thickness only (e.g. "14 inches of insulation"). Remember, it is the R-value -- not the thickness -- that tells how well a material insulates. Don't get sidetracked by the thickness of the material.
  • Contracts with the phrase "May be additional charges if ........." On occasion there may be a situation with an unknown element, but more often this phrase is used as a substitute for being thorough on the initial analysis of the home.
Q: What can I expect from my appointment?
A: Our process usually starts with a phone consultation in which we identify the issue you are facing and what you expect to accomplish.

Upon our arrival at your home or business, we will verify why we're there. Then we will perform a very thorough evaluation of your situation. You never have to settle for just a visual inspection. For example; if we are there to look at your attic space, we will literally crawl through and examine all aspects of your attic. We'll determine what problems, if any exist and will take a picture to verify our findings.

We don't take anything for granted. Let's say, a homeowner has R38 in the attic, we'll still examine the area because we know that perhaps even though a high-quality insulation has been added someone may have neglected to look at the duct work or may not have the vents baffled as they should be. You'll have peace of mind knowing we have covered all the bases.

Next, we develop a plan of action and walk through that with you. We put together a quote and make sure to research for any and every rebates and incentive that may be available. Our extensive knowledge and relationship assure you that we're up to date on current agency incentives for weatherization and insulation.

Insulating your Salem or Corvallis home has never been easier. We're just a phone call away and the consultation is FREE.

Salem Home Insulation: 503-363-2194 or Corvallis Home Insulation: 541-230-1225