Learn more about what to look for and what to avoid when it comes to finding a reputable insulation and roofing installers. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on a recent program.
Beware Of Insulation & Roofing Contractor Scams
Without fail, immediately following a major hail or windstorm, storm chaser contractors descend upon the affected areas canvassing neighborhoods for work. Homeowners desperate to have the their storm damage restoration work quickly completed often fall victim to these contractor scams.
Oftentimes, if the storm damage contractor does complete the insulation and roof replacement needed, corners have been cut. This proves problematic, as issues such as dry rot and roof leaks are not evident until the contractor has left the area to chase a new storm.
Credible Roofing Contractors Can Back Up Their Work With Reviews & More
Quality, local contractors are often much more diligent because they thrive off of referrals, online reviews, and repeat business. From a homeowner standpoint, having a working relationship with a local, trustworthy home improvement pro also proves advantageous because the contractor is much more likely to go the extra mile for a past customer the next time a storm hits versus a roof installer that’s from out of the area. Quality local contractors often have ample work and do not have the reputation of putting together vague contracts that they pressure homeowners to sign prior to finding out what their homeowners insurance settlement will be.
Learn more about questions to ask a contractor’s reference before hiring them.
What To Look For & Avoid In Insulation Installers
Colder exterior temperatures provide the optimum time for homeowners to get in touch with insulation and window contractors, because their diagnostic tools can quickly detect areas of the home that leaking air. Beware of any insulation installer that’s simply selling products without using tools like black lights, blower doors, smoke sticks, and infrared imaging to explain to you the deficiencies they’re seeing in your home and discussing how they plan to address them.
Blower Door Testing Your Insulation Contractor Should Conduct
These types of professionals can have matter of fact conversations about the type(s) of insulation installation that make the most sense for your home’s attic. Most often, they’ll suggest the use of cellulose and spray foam over fiberglass for any needed insulation replacement. This is due to their significant air sealing properties.
Quality insulation installers also understand that over time cellulose will develop a crust and settle more than fiberglass. If the end goal of a project with cellulose is to achieve a R-50 level of insulation, it’s wise to start by blowing in R-60.
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Homeowners with properties that have cathedral ceilings benefit from the expertise of a reliable insulation contractor. This type of architecture is often susceptible to ice dams. A temporary fix can be to blow-in insulation into any accessible parts of the roof cavity. However, the expense of such an endeavor is unlikely to warrant the project’s pay-off.
A wiser approach is to include the insulation as part of the roof replacement project. A popular option is to pull up the roof decking, add spray foam and cellulose insulation, install a false roof deck with a fascia vent, and then add a metal roof.
For more information about our roof and insulation services, contact us today. Our team of home improvement professionals is ready to serve you.
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