Choosing the Right Insulation Contractor
Do Your Research
Some contractors specialize in specific installations while others prefer the “jack of all trades” approach. Researching the types of insulation that you are considering for your build beforehand can help you test out a contractor’s knowledge and investigate their expertise. Even if a contractor doesn’t work with a specific type of insulation, they should be able to tell you how it compares to their preferred type. A quality contractor should also be able to determine and explain how to best work with your building envelope— the physical separation between the outdoors and indoors.
Many installers offer lifetime warranties on their work. If anything is missed during the initial install or if a mistake was made, these contractors will fix the issue without further cost to you. A warranty also shows that a contractor is confident in the quality of their work and willing to own up to any mistakes or issues.
Vet and Compare Multiple Contractors
Don’t go with the first company you find. Instead, request estimates and consultations from various installers in your area. Research their companies, as well. Read over their websites and online reviews, and ask if they have any referrals from similar customers e.g. remodelers versus builders, attic insulation versus foundation, or rigid versus spray foam). It’s also a good idea to check in with the Better Business Bureau and see if any complaints have been filed or if they have a rating.
Websites like Angie’s List, Yelp, and Thumbtack can help you find contractors in your area to begin your comparisons.
Ask for Estimates in writing. Once you choose a contractor, continue to have all official quotes, estimates, and agreements this way— agreements such as total cost, proposed schedule, and how to handle any issues that come up in the install.
Verify That They Are Licensed and Insured
By law, a contractor must be licensed in the state they are performing work. You could end up footing an unexpected bill if they’re not. You also need to know that they are insured. While all quality professional insulators pride themselves on safety, accidents can and do happen; people can be hurt or property damaged. You don’t want to be taken advantage of or held liable.
Speaking of legal requirements for contractors, Home Insulation Rule 460 from the Federal Trade Commission requires the following:
- Consumers receive fact sheets about installed insulation;
- Customers receive a contract or receipt for the insulation install;
- The receipt shows amount, coverage area, R-value, and thickness of insulation;
- The receipt must be dated and signed by the installer; and
- New home sellers must list the R-Value, thickness, and type, for each insulation type throughout the build on every sales contract.
Moving Forward with Your Project
If you happen to be in the Lone Star State, we certainly hope you will reach out to us for a consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you make the best decisions for your project. Give us a call to discuss details today!
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