Having your attic reinsulated is not like having tile installed in your foyer or carpet in your living room. You can watch the tile and carpet be installed and carefully study the final product for installation defects. Insulation is different.
Most consumers will never go up into their attic to make sure the job was done correctly. Even if they did, they may not be able to tell if the job was done thoroughly. This is why you should take a few minutes and educate yourself about the retrofit insulation process before you pay to have the work done.
Most homeowners don’t realize that a quality retrofit insulation job involves much more than simply blowing more insulation into an attic. The basic rules of thumb we share in this short article will help your make prudent choices when it comes to re-insulating an attic with conventional insulation. Armed with just a little bit of quality information can help you make much more informed decisions regarding the purchase of retrofit attic insulation.
A quality attic inspection is critical to a quality retrofit job. All of the common attic insulation defects must be identified and the bid must address each issue. Most people don’t realize that 5% missing insulation can lead to a 54% drop in R-value. If your insulation contractor does not identify and repair all of the insulation defects in your attic, you will not get the full value of the insulation you paid for
At Advantage Home Performance our salesmen have actually performed retrofit work, so they know what to look for and how to execute a job. Our installers receive special training on how to insulate existing homes because they pose unique challenges.
Realizing that few consumers have access to clear information on how to shop for a quality retrofit insulation job, we created this guide to help you purchase retrofit insulation in an informed manner. If you follow the twelve steps listed below, the chances are much greater that you will get what you pay for with attic insulation and realize all the benefits from insulation installed correctly.
For homeowners who are genuinely committed to improving the efficiency of their attics and homes, we suggest that you read our article called Ideal Attic. This article advocates a comprehensive approach to solving your home comfort and efficiency problems. Our recommendation is to have an APS or SRP $99 energy audit performed on your home before you proceed with insulation. The audit, when done well, will provide you with great information that will help you make informed decisions.
If you are going to proceed with insulation without an audit, Advantage Home Performance will do a thorough job. We have a reputation as an honest company. Mike Uniacke, the owner of Advantage Home Performance wrote the article Cheating – The Insulation Industries Dirty Secret. He also was featured as an insulation expert and consumer advocate on a Dateline NBC expose on the insulation industry. See Our Guarantee as proof of our commitment to delivering great customer service and home performance work.