Properly installed insulation provides a protective barrier that prevents the energy losses in your home. The reason why hiring a professional insulation contractor, like Pro Home Improvement, works to your advantage is that they know their business. They know the best materials to use and have dealt with a vast array of installation scenarios, giving you the piece of mind that your project is in capable hands.
Someone who has years of experience working with the materials can safeguard you from common installation mistakes. Inexperienced contractors can cause electrical faults, leave gaps in insulation (resulting in drafts), fail to install enough insulation, or even use materials not suited for your area's climate.
The importance of R-value and your climate
The R-Value of an insulation material represents how much heat can travel through each inch of applied insulation. A professional contractor should know the proper R-value to use and how much to install in your home based on your home's location and building materials.
The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation is. Air leakages, defective window installations, and worn-out wall cavities can compromise the insulation significantly. Once the contractor does an inspection, they can determine the proper thickness of insulation material to use based on the R-value. Such calculations will help to prevent wasting materials that can add up to thousands of dollars in a residential home.
Why professional insulation contractors are better than general contractors
Although an insulation project seems pretty straightforward, you should be careful when looking to cut costs by hiring a general contractor. The best way to avoid the costly pitfalls is to hire the specialist from day one. Since every insulation product comes with unique installation requirements, dealing with an experienced contractor can save you a lot of hassle and wasted money.
Avoiding frequent setbacks
One of the hardest things is to correct errors that result from poor installation methods. The best way to prevent these mistakes is to hire a competent person who knows how to do the job right in the first place. Take some time to review the local insulation specialists and ensure that they have the right qualifications and certifications.
Insulation contractors should account for every aspect of your home
Professional contractors should consider a broad range of issues that include electrical installations, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. For example, these professionals understand that vapor barriers are instrumental in any insulation project. In the quest to deliver the peak product performance, it is critical to carry out some tests and replace the faulty equipment before you start your installation project. Once the existing HVAC appliances receive a clean bill of health, the next step involves selecting the appropriate insulation materials.
Avoiding defective insulation products
Since the building industry is full of defective products that target the oblivious homeowners, engaging a competent contractor is the key to protecting your home from potentially life-threatening hazards. A skilled contractor will not only select the right products for the project, but they will also install them in a professional manner. These professionals believe that doing things correctly is more cost-effective than having to deal with the flaws that come from poor installation procedures.
A contractor who manufactures the insulation products can save you money
A manufacturer who doubles as a contractor will conduct the inspection and identify the issues that require more attention. Since the manufacturer is at the top of the production pyramid, they can give the homeowners a persuasive price that a retailer or wholesaler cannot beat.
Another key benefit of choosing an insulation contractor that is also the manufacturer is their unmatched understanding of the materials and how to properly utilize them.
Types of Insulation
A Pro Home Improvement insulation specialist can choose from any of the following insulation methods to produce the best results for your Michigan home:
Our Pro Grade Cellulose insulation is a form of blown-in insulation that provides environmentally-conscious consumers with a “greener” option for their home's attic, when compared to fiberglass. We manufacture this material from 100% recycled fibers which means that unlike traditional fiberglass insulation, our insulation actually reduces your carbon footprint! Another advantage this insulation has over competing products is a fire safety rating 15 times higher than the national standard!
As little as five inches of this insulation will renew that much-desired R-value of previously installed fiberglass that has settled and lost some of its insulating properties. What's more, since this insulation is stabilized it is resistant to settling and will retain it's R-value for years to come.
Injection Foam Insulation
This type of insulation involves injecting foam into the wall cavities to give your home a lasting solution to air and energy losses. The foam should be free of toxic formaldehyde and eco-friendly, which is what you get with our Pro Grade Foam. Homeowners love this material since it is soluble and green. While the foam expands after installation, it is quite gentle on the walls and does not overexpand causing cracks in the walls. Rather, it spreads towards the openings, filling up the gaps and cracks completely. Our insulation contractors have the proper equipment to install the materials. Because of this, you can expect the best outcome in your project without spending a fortune.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray Foam Insulation is the ideal remedy if you are looking to keep the temperatures of your home within the comfort zone. With the rising costs of energy, keeping the home within these limits has become extremely expensive, especially during the summer and winter. The blistering heat of the summer and the extremely harsh winter conditions have prompted the Michigan residents to find an alternative solution in spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation is a cost-effective way to provide a lasting solution to your home, especially if you work with a competent contractor like Pro Home Improvement.
Crawl Space Insulation
Your home's crawl space acts as a valuable asset that gives you immense convenience when it comes to, often overlooked, home maintenance. A crawl space has a large opening, meaning that it is the ideal place to install the pipes and substructures of various kinds. However, this space can also expose your home to a vast array of problems if you do not insulate it properly. Without the proper insulation materials, crawl spaces can become the breeding grounds for mildew and molds. A qualified insulation contractor will analyze your crawlspace before determining the best insulation methods and materials to solve this problem, once and for all.
Crawl spaces are typically built as non-conditioned spaces so when we insulate correctly we can create a conditioned space that is several degrees warmer.
Benefits of home insulation
At Pro Home Improvement, our insulation experts understand every aspect of how to get the best results out of our materials. This expertise means that we can choose the right insulation materials to suit your home's needs. There is a huge difference between fiberglass, cellulose and foam. Every product offers unique benefits to your home depending on the application, and obviously, your choice will affect the overall insulation budget.
One of the main advantages of home insulation is to conserve energy and save money on your home's monthly utility bills. It is vital to avoid short cuts and invest in genuine products that will last for decades. The process of removing the old materials can also be quite strenuous and costly.
You may find some contractors hesitant to install new insulation in pre-existing homes. This is due to the increased difficulty that contractor’s encounter when trying to properly insulate a home after all the walls and windows have gone up. Pro Home Improvement specializes in these kind of installs and guarantees they will install the new material safely, without compromising the integrity of your building. Such innovation will make a tremendous impact on the overall cost of the project.
While most home improvement projects can improve a home’s aesthetics, insulation contributes to short term and long term cost savings. Moreover, while many people prefer to hire a general contractor to do the job, you can get the best outcome if you hire a proficient insulation contractor to handle the project.
What to expect when insulating your home
One critical aspect of an insulation project that most contractors often overlook is the removal of old and defective insulation. The process of removing existing insulation requires expertise since it can pose a broad range of hazards. In case your home has some harmful materials such as asbestos, it is critical to hire professionals like the experts at Pro Home Improvement to handle the project.
Our specialists can also help to remove the defective vapor barriers that encourage the growth of toxic mold. The process of mold removal requires professional expertise and protective gear. Such a critical operation that can threaten the health of your family members is not a do-it-yourself project. Rather, hiring a professional is the best way to avoid the development of toxic agents in your home.
When it comes to hiring an insulation contractor, you should expect them to take the time to unearth any hidden problems, know how to handle existing insulation and own the proper tools for insulation. When you choose the insulation professionals at Pro Home Improvement, you can rest assured knowing you are working with the best in the business.
What our insulation customers are saying
Project: Install or Replace Insulation
Great service from start to finish, excellent attention to detail, up front and honest on what to expect. They even refunded us after we paid for our project because they used less material than expected! Great company!
— Jon & Danielle E in Ferndale, MI — 12/28/2016
Project: Install or Upgrade Insulation
Awesome experience, from the beginning estimate with Phillip, to actually having the work performed. The work was performed as promised, approximately 2 hours, and cleaned up afterwards. Thank you!!
— Michael K in Taylor, MI — 08/01/2016
Project: Install or Upgrade Insulation
The crews were on time and very diligent in their work. They cleaned up all areas, in the yard and inside the home. They were very professional and polite. They did everything we asked. I wish all work crews were this good. Thank you.
— Linda M. in Woodhaven, MI — 10-24-2015