Frozen No More: Insulation and What Makes It Work

home insulation process

If you feel that your home is in need of an insulation upgrade, know that it is not a weekend DIY project nor is it something you can put off because before you know it, six months have passed and winter is knocking at your door again.

Good thing there are reliable insulation contractors in Kansas City and other locations in the U.S. that can help you with this.

Understanding insulation

Insulation is the material that you put within the walls of your home or right inside the internal wall to help maintain the temperature within the home, in the hopes of reducing energy costs. The purpose of insulation is to slow down the rate of heat transfer. In colder climes, the goal of insulation is to keep the heat from escaping through the walls. In hotter climates, it aims to keep the heat from moving into the home or building.

The insulation contractor

An insulation contractor is a specialist that installs all or specific types of insulation systems and materials. These include fiberglass, cellulose, and spray foam, among others. There are two types of insulation contractors—residential and commercial and industrial.

Residential insulation contractors. 

Also called home insulation contractors, these guys work with builders in the installation of insulation in new homes, as well as upgrading the insulation system in existing homes.

If an existing home needs new insulation, the contractor will help the homeowner by first understanding what issues the homeowners are facing in order to recommend the best course of action. The most common issues insulation can remedy include:

  • unusually high monthly energy bills
  • drafts in the home
  • rooms that are either too hot or too cold
  • frozen pipes
  • ice dams

Commercial and industrial insulation contractors. 

They work with the builders, architects, engineers, and the project manager to ensure that building specifications and codes are met during and after the installation of an insulation system. They work in office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail stores, and manufacturing facilities.

Where to find the best insulation contractor

Builder Installing Insulating Board

Before doing an online search for the best insulation contractor, ask your friends and neighbors if they know of anybody in the community who does a good insulation job. Word-of-mouth advertising is still one of the best advertising means to get the word around.

Check online for reviews of these contractors—see if there are positive and negative reviews about them. Their company website also says a lot about the people behind the business. It should explain who they are, what they do, how long they’ve been doing this, who they’ve worked for, their licenses and insurance coverage, if they give warranty to their service, and most importantly, the fees they charge for specific jobs.

After you’ve compared some options, give them a call. Gauge from the conversation if that is the company you want to work on your insulation. Are they courteous? Is there real customer concern when you explain your problem or are they just trying to get you to sign up with their service? You can learn a lot about a service provider by just listening to them.

Your home’s insulation is essential to the health of your family. Don’t let just anybody install it for you because the middle of winter is the worst time to find out that your insulation is not working as it should be. Call the professionals and let them handle the installation or maintenance work.

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