Why Hire an Insulation Contractor in NJ?
Tempted to go the “do-it-yourself” route? Here’s why you should hire a professional insulation contractor instead.
Proper installation is essential for insulation to perform properly. Knowledge of vapor retarders, air infiltration, ventilation, recessed lighting, attic baffles to prevent insulation from blocking the airflow from soffit vents, and water pipes are just a few of the areas critical to installation techniques.
Experience and Tools
Professional insulation contractors have access to a wide variety of training, have the proper tools, are familiar with local codes and regulations, and can offer guidance about the type and amount of insulation to be used.
Proper Insurance and Licensing
Professional insulation contractors have proper liability insurance and are licensed to work. If a homeowners uses a non-licensed contractor and is harmed, the homeowner will not have access to the state’s home improvement contractor fund (some states call this a transaction-guarantee fund).
Professionals are mindful of safety rules while working in areas such as attics where inexperienced do-it-yourselfers can hurt themselves. Professionals know about the hazards of recessed lighting fixtures, electrical wiring (knob and tube hazards), and staying clear of other combustible sources in the attic by using blocking materials properly.
The best insulation contractors purchase materials wholesale — direct or through distribution, so the total professional job is often cheaper than what you would pay for materials at retail.
How to Choose a NJ Insulation Contractor
Selecting the right insulation contractor for your home in New Jersey is an important decision. Below are some tips consider to protect you and your #1 investment.
- Check references: Ask the contractor for references, including other homeowners for whom he has done work.
- Ask trusted sources for a reference: In addition to the approaches mentioned above, you can also check with the local Better Business Bureau for a contractor. Google, Facebook, Home Advisor, and other third-party review sites are also good places to search.
- Evaluate products and services, too: Remember that you want good quality products as well as labor and price. When you talk to a contractor, discuss the type of insulation that they recommend. Also, consider their experience with other related services that can support the performance of your insulation such as attic air sealing and ventilation.
- Ask questions about how the contractor’s installers: Does the contractor pay them by the number of square feet they cover or by the hour? Understanding the relationship between the sales team and installation team is key to determine how smooth the project will go.
- Check if the contractor has appropriate insurance coverage: Does the contractor have insurance to protect their workers if they are injured? Are you covered if one of his workers damages your house? Ask for proof of current insurance.
- Check bag labels: When you talk to a contractor or their sales team, ask them to show you a sample of the bag label for the brand of insulation. If a contractor uses insulation packed in bags that aren’t labeled, don’t hire him. The quality of the material will be unknown. Always deal in R‑values, not inches. You want a guarantee of a specific insulation R‑value.
Managing NJ Insulation Contractors
Once you’ve hired a New Jersey insulation contractor, there are a few things to do to manage the project and make sure you’re getting the results you want. Here are some tips:
- Make sure the contractor gives you a contract or receipt for the insulation installed.
- Check that the proper amount of insulation is actually installed. Make sure you get the R-value you were promised up front.
- After the job is finished, inspect your home to make sure the insulation was installed correctly.