Although they’d recently had their attic re-insulated by another company, a set of Roseville, MN homeowners asked us to perform a free heat analysis to investigate why their home still felt frigid.
The contractor they’d worked with had promised to bring their attic to R-60, which is more than adequate for our climate. They’d even shown the homeowners evidence that their attic was now insulated to R-60.
However, when our insulation expert inspected the attic, he found the attic to only be insulated to R-30 because the company had misrepresented the level of insulation by not starting their measurement at the attic floor, per the industry standard.
When hiring an insulation contractor, it’s of the utmost importance that you do your due diligence. Beware of any contractor that asks for your attic’s dimensions without taking the time to conduct a visual inspection. It’s a red flag if your contractor only wants to talk about insulation and neglects to discuss attic air sealing. These items work in tandem to prevent ice dams and create a more comfortable home. The insulation contractors you interview should be able to explain what needs to be done and why. Their diagnostic tool kit should include items such as an infrared imaging gun, blower door, and smoke stick. Quality contractors can readily supply the contact information of previous customers and have a high volume of top-notch online reviews.
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