With winter upon us soon, it’s about time that we started to look for an insulation contractor to repair or install home insulation to keep us warm during the colder season. However, hiring a contractor isn’t as simple as just making a phone call and expecting someone professional to come around. It does take a lot of research and you’ll want to prepare ahead of time by doing your research.
1. The contractor vetting process
It’s important to ask a lot of questions if you’re going to be hiring an insulation contractor. You should be asking them things about their experience, how long they’ve been in the business and so on. For your specific task, you’ll want to ask them what experience they’ve had in that area of insulation installation. For example, if they’re used to working in crawl spaces, exterior walls or if they specialize in roof insulation. There are many places that insulation can be installed in, so it’s sometimes a good idea to ask your insulation contractor where they usually install it.
You should also ask them what materials they’re used to working with. For instance, working with brick is a lot different to vinyl siding and the process involved to add the insulation is completely different.
2. Is the contractor licensed?
One of the most important things is to ensure that your contractor is actually licensed. This means asking them for proof that they have the right certifications to do the job and to also ensure that they are legally able to carry out an insulation installation. Many contractors you find will lie about their certifications and they’re the ones that you want to avoid. They’ll end up costing you more money and could even damage your home with a poor job.
Avoid any cheap services and always go for the insured and licensed insulation contractors that are available. While you do have to pay more, it’s well worth the added cost.
3. Does your contractor offer a warranty?
It’s also important to see if your insulation contractor offers a warranty. The last thing you want is for the insulation to fail over time. Accidents will happen and liability insurance means that you’re protected from those concerns. If your property is damaged then a warranty will ensure that you get it fixed and repaired as quickly as possible.
Insulation contractors have an obligation to deliver the highest level of customer service they can, and this means offering a lifetime warranty as a standard. If the contractor you’re speaking with doesn’t offer this, then you should avoid them at all costs.
4. Does your contractor know about the products they use?
Do a little bit of research into the most common materials used for insulation and ask your insulation contractor about them. If they’ve got no clue about the differences between materials or a closed cell and open cell spray foam insulation, then they’re not qualified to install your insulation and you’d be better off hiring a different contractor. Some shady insulation contractors will always “recommend” products that are expensive so they receive the highest profit margins, but you need to be on the lookout for honest contractors that will give you the choices and only have their recommendation as general advice.
An insulation contractor that doesn’t know about the products they use is either a con artist looking to sell you an expensive product that you don’t need or someone that isn’t qualified to install your insulation for you.
5. Ask how experienced the insulation contractor is
Sit down with the contractor or speak to them over the phone and ask them how long they’ve been in the business. Many companies will say that they’ve been in the business for decades, but a quick Google search should reveal just how long the company has really been active. Contractors will occasionally lie about their experience just to show that they’re reliable, but what’s reliable isn’t their word–it’s the work they’ve done. You have every right to ask them for a portfolio or information about completed jobs to show that they’re capable of doing what they say they can. If their website or store doesn’t have pictures of previous jobs, then it’s probably best to avoid them and look for a more experienced contractor.
If you can’t find a contractor that is willing to show you their past work, then there’s a good chance they’re either not proud of their work or they simply don’t have the experience. Although it’s perfectly acceptable to rely on a service that admits they don’t have much experience in the field, you’re usually better off paying more for a guaranteed quality of service.
6. RGS Crawl Space Insulation
The last point we want to make is that we, RGS Crawl Space Insulation is the contractor for you. We follow all the points above and offer a free inspection of your crawl space or attic to make sure we will solve your insulation needs. Contact us today or book your free evaluation today.
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