A smart homeowner like you knows that it’s vital to keep your home properly insulated. Otherwise, you risk wasting energy by allowing outside and inside heat to seep through your walls and roof, which will increase your utility bills and make your home less soundproof.
If you’re not fond of putting down insulation yourself, there’s some good news. There is no shortage of insulation contractors that are willing to take on this task for you. But how do you know which one to hire?
Here are ten things to look for when choosing an insulation contractor.
1. References. A quality insulation contractor should have some references that he can share with you. Don’t be afraid to check them out and see what other customers think of him.
2. Online reviews. Another way to look into a contractor’s track record is to visit online review sites. Customers tend to give unbiased opinions about their contractors on these sites.
3. Insurance and licensing. Confirm that the contractor has the correct business licenses as well as adequate insurance. Otherwise, if a worker falls through your ceiling and/or hurts himself, you could get sued.
4. Building codes and permits. Make sure that your insulation contractor is well-versed in the building codes for your area and knows how to obtain any permits that may be necessary. The last thing you want to do is to have to rip out your insulation because of a code or permit violation.
5. Types of insulation. An experienced contractor will be knowledgeable in installing various kinds of insulation (fiberglass, spray foam, etc.). Ask which one he recommends for your home and why.
6. Vapor barriers. A vapor barrier is a layer of plastic sheeting or similar material that is laid over the insulation in order to prevent condensation and/or frost from forming. Ask whether a vapor barrier is needed in your home and what type will be installed if it is.
7. Length of project. A competent insulation contractor will be able to give you a pretty accurate timeframe regarding how long the job will take. Find out what might extend the timetable (weather, discovery of wood rot, etc.).
8. R-value. The R-value is a figure that represents the thickness of the insulation recommended for your home. For homes in the northeast, experts recommend a total R-value of between R-38 and R-60 for attics, R-13 to R-21 for walls, and R-25 to R-30 for floors.
9. Payment terms. Any reputable insulation contractor should be able to provide a written estimate of costs before the project begins. Also, beware of someone who asks for most or all of the money up front; a small deposit is fine, but not more than 25% to 30% of the estimate.
10. Guarantee. Finally, insulation contractors should stand behind their work and not rely simply on the manufacturer’s warranty associated with the insulation product itself. Inquire as to what the warranty is on the contractor’s labor and workmanship.
Moonworks is one of the top insulation contractors in the northeast, helping customers keep their homes appropriately insulated for over two decades. Call Moonworks today at 1-800-975-6666 or fill out our form to see about getting a free, in-home estimate on insulation today!