“Whatever one calls it … it is FRAUD. Cheating is prevalent throughout the United States. Every time government has investigated attic insulation, blatant and Widespread violation of federal and state consumer Protection laws has been alleged and proven. This pattern of fraud has persisted since day one.”
A Plan to Stop Fluffing and Cheating of Loose-Fill Insulation in Attics,Insulation Contractors Association of America
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 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.
Advantage Home Performance will do a thorough and clean attic insulation job for you. 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. Both the article and the video can be found on our home page. See Our Guarantee as proof of our commitment to delivering great customer service and home performance work.