What type of insulation do you use?
We only use cellulose insulation for blowing in attics and walls and continue to receive favorable feedback from all of our customers. Cellulose is environmentally friendly, retains its highest R value in summer and winter, has special ingredients to deter mold, mildew, fungi, insects and vermin.
There is great information on their website, if you would like to visit their website at www.thermocell.com and click on Product Information
Is there a charge for estimates?
No. Our estimates are free of charge
Do we have to be home for the estimate?
It is not necessary to be home when we visit, although we recommend that you be there. In order to be efficient, we prefer to look over the inside and outside to make sure everything is addressed. It is also good for the customers to be able to answer any questions that may come up about the procedure, time frame, and cost. We do estimates on particular days and alternate Saturdays to accommodate the customers that can’t be available weekdays.
How long does the estimate take?
We tell our customers to allow for at least twenty minutes but it all depends on how chatty you are…We will not rush through it and take the time to answer questions.
Do you offer discounts for seniors?
Yes, we do offer a 7% discount for seniors, which we consider to be anyone 65 years or older. We have great respect and consideration for our senior population. After all, we are all going to be seniors someday.
Can you insulate in the winter?
Yes, insulation can be installed all year round. In extreme cold, or other unfavorable conditions, we do not want our employees working and risking their health.
However, temperature can be a factor in insulating. For example, wood shingles can be done in any temperature, yet vinyl siding can not be done in freezing cold temperatures as it can crack and break during the process. Metal siding is not normally affected by temperatures and can also be done year round.
Can insulation be installed in wall cavities with existing insulation?
Yes. As an example, seaweed normally has an R value of four. A home that has fiberglass paperback insulation has a value of anywhere from R four to R nine. The R value is the measurement that is used to determine the heat recovery in your home. The lower the R value, the less heat recovery you have in your home. We can upgrade your insulation in both cases to a value of R fourteen in a two x four wall cavity.
How can your company do certain insulation jobs others cannot?
The owner of this company, has been involved with insulation since he was a teenager and has remained in the field actually installing the insulation over the years. He knows structures, how the application works and what needs to be done in order to do the job right. He trains his employees hands on and makes sure that they are knowledgeable, confident, and efficient in their work.
Can you insulate a house with brick on the outside?
Yes, we insulate from the inside. We determine where and how many access holes are necessary to install the insulation in to the wall cavities from inside the structure. We make and then repair the access holes after the insulation is blown in with cellulose. We clean as the process is being done, keeping the mess to a minimum. One customer told us the house was cleaner when we left than before we arrived.
How long does the insulation process take?
The length of time it takes depends on the size of the house, the blocking and bracing within the structure of the house, what areas are being insulated such as crawl spaces, basement, attic, etc. It could be a day or perhaps up to four days based on our experience. We don’t rush the process, we are thorough.
How can I insulate my basement?
There are different ways a basement can be insulated, depending on the basement. One of the reasons we like to have the homeowner there for estimates is to look over the basement and determine it’s use and offer the most efficient way of insulating. A finished basement can be blown in with cellulose, or an unfinished wall could be studded and insulated with fiberglass batt insulation and vapor barrier installed. Another way might be best insulated with Styrofoam or we may suggest another form of insulation such as spray foam. It may even work well with a combination. We will offer our suggestions that are honest and knowledgeable to ensure that the homeowner has all the required information to be best able to make a good decision for them.
Can I put Fibreglass batt insulation in my attic?
We do not recommend batt insulation in the attic for a number of reasons. Fibreglass does not have the qualities that cellulose has so you would not get the benefit of installing cellulose insulation. Blowing in cellulose insulation provides a uniformed blanket over the attic, whereas batt insulation is laid in and even staggering the insulation alternate ways does not stop gaps inside that allow heat to escape through. Further information on cellulose can be found by visiting our section on Material…….. or through the by visiting Weathershield.
What kind of clean up will I have after my insulation is done?
Most of the insulation will be cleaned up outside when we are done. As well, we make every effort to ensure that the mess inside the home is kept to a minimum for inside work. It is challenging in the winter months to clean up outside due to the weather conditions but we do the best job we can.
Will I have to worry about plants and shrubs being damaged?
We make every effort to avoid damage to landscaping. Some customers have indicated areas they are particularly concerned about and we have devised methods where we have avoided any damage. We had one customer that said she worried more about her special tree and flowers in the front than she did about her house. We didn’t damage her tree, her flowers or her house. We encourage the customers to talk to us about their areas of concern.
I had an energy audit done. Should I do everything recommendedc?
It is your choice whether to follow the recommendations of the audit. Depending on the experience of the person performing your audit, insulating particular areas will be recommended. The audit report will determine how many points you need to gain in order to qualify for the grant . The extent of the insulation you install will determine how much your rebate will be.
In order to bring your house up to the best possible rating, we recommend you take advantage of the opportunities the program offers. The benefits will be continued cost savings, increased comfort level, and most importantly will do what the program is designed to do: decrease the emissions that are going in to the atmosphere in accordance with Canada’s participation in the Kyoto Protocol.