Jan 18, 2024

A Cautionary Tale About Hiring Just Any Insulation Contractor

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.

Insulation measured to what the homeowner thought was R-60
Here’s why the homeowners thought their attic was insulated to R-60.

How Lindus Construction Uncovered the Truth

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.

Insulation measurement showing the ruler was not installed correctly, giving the incorrect R-Value
When measured correctly, our expert found the attic insulation to be only R-30.

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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"I did two big projects in 2023 with Lindus. First was removing and replacing attic insulation plus creating proper ventilation. Second was replacing roof and adding LeafGuard®. Did everything go perfectly? No but that is where a company shows its merits. All issues were resolved! I even received a check for unused supplies. I highly recommend Lindus. They are not the cheapest. You get what you pay for."

Jill D.
St. Paul, MN
December 14, 2023

"I was very happy with the free insulation estimate I received from the Lindus rep. He took the time to walk me and my father-in-law through a thermal scan of all the leaky spots in my attic - and basement, bonus! - and was honest and forthright about the work they do and the best and most economical options available to us to improve ambient temperature control in these areas."

Rima F.
Lake Elmo, MN
January 9, 2024

"Randall Bowman and an attic insulation crew attended to my Somerset, WI condo in Oct. 2023.  They were ahead of schedule, very conscientious about not causing any damage or mess in the house. Very conscientious about not blocking traffic for my condo development neighbors. And, they were very efficient-- finishing earlier than they estimated. I would highly recommend Lindus Construction and the two insulation company they contract with."

Deb M.
Somerset, WI
October 12, 2023

"I thought it went very well!  No issues."

Brian B.
Ramsey, MN
August 24, 2023

"Great job! Kept us informed! Also, was very considerate. Made sure everything was cleaned up at the end of the day and took care to always wear masks around us, since my wife is immune compromised."

Dave G.
Maplewood, MN
June 26, 2023

"Everything went fine.  No problems."

Chip A.
Woodbury, MN
June 20, 2023
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