7 Questions to Ask Your Insulation Contractor

Choosing the right insulation contractor for your home can offer a huge relief when it comes to your own budget and comfort. Getting the proper insulation for your home is more complicated than people think which is why you need a reputable, trustworthy, professional, and experienced contractor to get the job done right.

Adding proper attic insulation to your home is one of the best home improvement projects you can do this year because a fully insulated home will take away stress, make your home more energy-efficient, improve your family’s comfort with stabilized temperature control, and is the only home improvement that will actually save you money on your energy bills. However, you need to make sure your insulation company is reputable and is the right fit for your home’s needs. Here are some questions you should always ask your potential contractor to get a better feel for their services.

Question #1: How long have you been in this business?

It’s always a good idea to see how much experience your potential insulation contractors have before even considering them for the job. Proper attic insulation is no easy task and should only be done by trained professionals who have a proven track record with this type of installation. The longer they have been properly installing insulation, the better you can trust their knowledge and expertise.

Question #2: Do you have any references?

Similar to hiring the right roofing contractor, the right insulation contractor will happily provide you with references. Confident and successful companies should have a list of testimonials for you to view and references for you to contact if you wish to do so. Do not hire a contractor that is hesitant or unable to give you this step because they may be hiding something from you. If they do not have any past clients that are willing to discuss successful projects, they may not have had any successful projects or have poor customer service.

Question #3: Do you have any warranties available for your insulation?

Always ask and get your official warranty in writing before starting a job. A company that does not have their warranty clearly stated in writing should be a red flag for you as they are either unorganized or do not back up their products and services well enough. Most warranties will include coverage for both the labour and another section covering the product itself. The former section is the responsibility of the contractor, and the latter section comes from the product manufacturer.

Question #4: How do you keep your staff safe?

You should always ensure that all workers are safe while working on your home. Ask your potential insulation company what Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) they require their staff to use to check that they are following Ontario guidelines. This includes wearing the necessary gear (safety glasses, hard hats, etc.), ventilation equipment, proper ladders, and knowing all necessary safety procedures.

Question #5: Do you carry liability insurance and WSIB insurance?

Both of these policies are extremely important and help protect you as a homeowner. Liability insurance can range in coverage depending on the size of the job. Every Ontario company is required by law to carry worker’s compensation benefits from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). This protects you as a homeowner in the case of an injury while on the job site. It is crucial that you make sure your insulation contractor carries this policy or you may be liable to pay for costly medical bills. Not only this but since you are inviting the contractor onto your property, there are also horror stories of people needing to pay out unfair judgments, due to non-insured contractors having accidents on a home owner's property. Keep in mind that you are ultimately liable for what goes on on your property.

Question #6: What is your insulation inspection process?

Every new job should start with a home evaluation and inspection. Our Guelph roofing team always recommends avoiding roofers who provide an estimate without performing an inspection of your current insulation first. This process helps you avoid hidden costs or surprise project changes that will impact the quality of your repair. The scope of the inspection will vary on the condition and size of your attic, but you need to be sure you do not rush the inspection process.

Question #7: What type of insulation products do you carry, and which would you recommend for my home?

There are plenty of different varieties of attic insulation available that each has its own benefits. These products can include spray foam insulation, batt insulation, loose-fill insulation, blown-in fibreglass, and cellulose insulation. Always inquire what options the contractor can offer you and which one they think will be best for your home based on their expertise. Ideally, your insulation company will assess your particular case and attic then recommend what type of products will work best for your situation. We are more than happy to discuss all of your options with you so that you can feel good about your decision.

Let Empire Roofing Get the Job Done Right

Leave your attic insulation to our professional team to ensure the health and longevity of your home. Empire Roofing and Exteriors is your best choice for attic insulation in Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & surrounding areas. As a professional Guelph Roof Repair company, Empire Roofing & Exteriors will be there for you now and in the future. You can trust our Empire Roofing & Exteriors team with local, reputable, and licensed roof repair services backed with years of proven expertise.

Let the roofing experts at Empire Roofing & Exteriors get your attic and roof done the right way today by calling 519 265-ROOF (7663) or fill out our online quote form. Don’t forget to ask us about our financing options as well through FinanceIt, the most powerful financing in the industry.

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