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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7 Reasons Why Your Crawl Space Needs A Vapor Barrier

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If you don’t currently have a vapor barrier in your crawl space. Your home may be at risk. If you’ve recently moved, you’re renovating or building a new house, or you’re working on a list of maintenance jobs to protect and shield your home, why not consider adding a vapor barrier? Here are 7 good reasons why your crawl space would benefit from a vapor barrier.

Vapor Barrier in a crawl space

A vapor barrier is designed to prevent moisture from evaporating and then permeating the air beneath the building. Installing a vapor barrier offers several benefits for homeowners, including:

1. Reduced risk of damp

Damp can be a major problem for homeowners. If moisture seeps into the air from the crawl space, this can cause spots of mold and mildew to develop, affecting the quality of the air and potentially exacerbating symptoms of respiratory illnesses. As well as contributing to health problems, damp can also cause extensive damage to the structure of the building, and if left untreated, it can be costly to remedy.

2. Saving energy and spending less

Are you too hot or too cold? This could have a knock-on effect on your household bills.  When your home feels like a furnace, you’re going to switch up the AC units and run them for longer. If it’s freezing, and you can’t get warm, you’re probably going to put the heating on. If you can’t get the temperature right without turning to central heating or air conditioning, this may result in higher bills. Adding a vapor barrier will not only make you feel more comfortable. It could also save you a substantial amount of money.

3. Vapor barrier can control the temperature in your home

Many of us are happiest and most comfortable when at home. If you’re relaxing or spending time with the family, you don’t want to be worrying about feeling too hot or too cold. Getting the temperature just right is essential for creating the optimum living environment. Moisture can impact the temperature of your home by altering the humidity. This means that your home may feel too hot or too cold. By having a vapor barrier in the crawl space. You can ensure that your home is cozy in the winter and cool in the summer.

4. Lowered risk of electrical and wiring hazards

Moisture and wires don’t mix. If electrical systems are exposed to excess moisture, this can lead to the development of rusty wires, circuits can cut out, and in extreme cases, fires can break out. Installing a vapor barrier can increase safety and lower the risk of electrical hazards, giving you and your family peace of mind.

5. Pipe preservation and maintenance

It’s very common for pipes to be found in the crawl space. If the area is moist, this can contribute to erosion of pipework. If pipes are damaged or worn, this can affect water and sewage systems and increase the chances of having to pay out for repairs.

6. Preventing structural damage

Excess moisture in the crawl space can have wide-ranging implications for your home. Moisture in the air can cause wood to rot, which may impact the stability and strength of joists and supports. It’s particularly beneficial to consider adding a vapor barrier if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain. This can help to lower repair bills and reduce the risk of extensive damage.

7. Adding value to your home

Think of yourself as a home buyer for a moment. And you are  viewing a house, how would you feel if you could smell damp, spot patches of mold or mildew or see rotten wood? There’s every chance that these red flags would put you off. Installing a vapor barrier can help to add value to your home by lowering the risk of mold infestation, improving energy efficiency and preserving the structure of the building. If you’re trying to sell your home or you’re planning for the future, it’s crucial to protect and enhance your investment as best you can, and a vapor barrier is an effective means of preventing issues that could decrease its value.

If you don’t already have a vapor barrier in your crawl space, or you think your existing barrier may need replacing, it’s a good idea to consider installing a new barrier. It’s essential that your vapor barrier is in good working order to prevent moisture and vapor from leaching into the home. If the barrier has failed over time, or it has become contaminated by unwanted visitors, RGS Crawl Space Insulation can replace or remove the barrier and fit a new one. Contact RGS Crawl Space Insulation to arrange a free inspection at a time that is convenient for you.