How to Hire a Professional to Install Ceiling Insulation
Professional installation can help lower your energy use
By Sabah Karimi
The right type of ceiling insulation can reduce monthly energy costs and keep your home warm and cozy. Properly installed insulation can keep your home warm without leading to astronomical energy bills, but choosing the right one is key. Several types of materials can be used to insulate ceilings, and fortunately a good insulation contractor can offer your several options so you can find the right one for your home. Just keep in mind that whether you're hiring a contractor to insulate a single room or the whole house, you must take the steps to vet the professional so that the installtion is done properly and you can benefit from the insulation installation for several years.
- What You Need to Know
- Insulation blown into your ceiling cavities should cover the top plate of the wall, it should not cover vents.
Turn to a local home builder's association or architect firms for referrals. These professionals may already work with insulation contractors that provide ceiling insulation services, and can offer you a list of reputable contacts. Obtain names and phone numbers of at least three to four insulation specialists to begin your search.
Set up a home inspection. Ask each contractor on your list to complete a thorough inspection so that he or she can provide recommendations on types of insulation best-suited for your home.
Learn about licenses and industry memberships. Ask for a general contractor's license number and verify it with your state's licensing board. Verify that the contractor is registered with your local Better Business Bureau. Find out if the contractor is a member of trade organizations such as the Insulation Contractors Association of America, which ensures that the contractor is up-to-date on the latest industry practices and techniques, and upholds a high standard of ethics and professionalism.
Request a bid for services. Ask each contractor to provide you with a written estimate on the cost of ceiling insulation materials, the type of ceiling insulation she or he recommends, labor costs and any subcontractor fees associated with the installation. This bid should also include the estimated time of completion and any guarantees on service.
Review your insulation options. Learn about the "R-values" -- the insulation's resistance to heat flow -- of the materials the contractor has proposed so that you can decide how important energy efficiency is in your home. Select a contractor who offers you the best rates and also the highest quality of materials that will improve energy efficiency throughout your property.
Ceilings can be insulated with blown, poured, or batt-type materials with or without attached vapor barriers. Discuss all the different types with the contractor to learn more about their advantages and disadvantages before you install anything.
About the Author
Sabah Karimi is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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