Looking for an Insulation Contractor?

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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.

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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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What Does Insulation Do For Your Home In The Summer?

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“Prepare for winter!” the advertising and advice columns shout. “Insulate your home! Check your existing insulation! This is essential if you’re going to be prepared for winter!”

It happens every year and, for many of us, it cements a connection in our mind:

  • Insulation is related to winter.
  • Insulation means keeping your house warm.

As a result of the above, it naturally follows to assume that insulating your home is only beneficial during the winter months.

For many people, this gives us pause. Is it really worth focusing on insulating our homes, when that insulation is going to be largely useless during the warmer months of the year? After all, if insulation is most useful in winter, does it not naturally follow that it’s not useful in winter’s opposite season— summer?

It’s tempting to think that the above is true, but here’s the reality: insulation is a year-round friend of your home. It has just as much to offer in the summer months as it does in the winter.

What is insulation?

To explain how insulating your home is beneficial in both summer and winter, we need to look a little deeper into what insulation is and how it works.

The majority of insulation used in modern homes is known  as “bulk insulation”. This insulation is usually made from bulky materials such as wool, foil, or fiberglass. These materials tend to be very light, as it’s not actually their weight that is required to insulate a home.

How does it work?

Bulk materials like wood and fiberglass trap air bubbles within them. This is vital, as air itself is one of the best insulators you can find. When air is trapped against the roof or walls of a building, a fantastic insulating effect is achieved. This air creates a barrier, which prevents outside air from penetrating into a building.

So, in winter, the colder outside air is unable to cross the barrier created by the insulation. As a result, the heat transfer is stopped, and you’re able to ensure that your home is toasty warm all winter long.

How does this work in summer?

Again, the key factor is the barrier that is created by the trapped air. In summer, the air is very warm. Without insulation, this warm air would cross into your home and make it unpleasantly hot inside.

With insulation, the opposite happens: that air barrier does its work and ensures that the hot air stays outside. As a result, your home stays cool through the summer.

What about foil insulation?

Foil is often used in conjunction with wood and fiberglass. Its purpose is to reflect heat back to its source. This means that in summer, foil prevents infrared rays from entering your home. In winter, foil helps to prevent heat from leaving your home. So whatever type of insulation you have, you can be sure of benefits throughout the year.

Improving your insulation for the warmer months

Until this point, your main focus regarding your insulation would have been to make the most of the installation during winter. However, now that you know that insulation is hugely beneficial during summer also. Capitalise on this by enhancing the cooling effect your insulation offers with a few simple tweaks:

  • Check your insulation is in good condition. To perform to the best of its abilities, your insulation needs to be in good condition and securely attached. As you would in winter, make sure you check on it, and ensure it is looking strong and ready to perform the vital task of keeping your home cool.
  • Open your windows at night. Temperatures drop at night, so open your windows and let the cooler air circulate through your home. Of course, make sure you do this safely; for example, you may want to close the windows on the ground floor before you head to bed for the evening.
  • Make sure the insulation can do its job. It will protect your home from the worst of the summer heat, but it’s important to give it a helping hand. It’s not just air that has the ability to heat your home. Direct sunlight will also contribute, so draw curtains or use thermal blinds to diminish this impact. You take care of the sunlight, and your insulation will take care of the too-warm air.

In conclusion

Insulation is a vital component of your house throughout the year. You’ll be able to enjoy a warm, cozy winter thanks to your insulation, while also ensuring you stay as cool as a cucumber through the hotter months. Contact us to schedule a free inspection of you attic and crawl space to make sure you stay cool in the summer. Enjoy!

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What is a Crawl Space & Attic Evaluation?

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Schedule a free evaluation of your home’s crawl space and attic today. It is easy and you can securely schedule us at any time with our new online scheduling software or call us today.

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What is a crawl space and attic evaluation? 

We get this question a lot so we want to answer it on our new blog.  The crawl space and attic evaluation is the first step in understanding the needs of your home. These spaces are important for your health and your pocket book. Insulation serves as a barrier to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Over time the insulation can break down or become damaged causing an increase of energy cost and an unhealthy home.

It is not uncommon in the northwest for rodents to find their way in to your attic or crawl space. The type of damage rodents cause create a health hazard and generally an unpleasant experience.  

The entire evaluation can take up to thirty minutes to an hour. During that time we will complete the following:

  • Inspect the quality of the insulation
  • Inspect vapor barrier condition.
  • Inspect duct work insulation
  • Inspect water pipe insulation
  • Inspect Attic baffles
  • Inspect blown in insulation level 

We may make other necessary recommendations to make sure your attic and  crawl space are up to par. Once we complete the measurements and inspection. We will put together an estimate for repairs. There is no obligation to purchase our services once we complete the evaluation. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions you may have.

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This is what people tell us.


“RGS impressed us from the beginning with their quick response and professionalism. They went above and beyond to schedule our job quickly to meet a building Inspection for our home sale. When their crew arrived, they were friendly, professional, and had our project completed on time at a reasonable cost. They left everything spotless. We will highly recommend them to family and friends. Thank you, RGS!”
-Diane Smith

“Israel and his crewmen performed a very Clean, on time and very well priced job at our house. They arrived on time, even though we have given them a very short notice. The removal, clean up and Installation of new Insulation and Vapor Barrier has been done with professionalism and punctually. Very good service overall and very much appreciated by us. Thank you and we will recommend you to all our friends and family.”
– Cristina and Doug on Cypress street | Mt. Vernon, WA