hiring a spray foam insulation contractor
Hiring a Spray Foam Insulation Contractor
Hiring a spray foam insulation contractor can be very trying for anyone who has never contracted this kind of work done before. Is not something we normally hear about or deal with on a regular basis. Spray foam insulation has become more popular and has proven to improve the comfort level in our homes and $AVE US MONEY. With that said, there are more and more spray foam insulation contractors going into business to try their hand installing spray foam insulation. While you are searching and contacting these installers, we have compiled a list of topics and questions for you to consider asking or speaking with your potential installer about. Make sure that you get all your questions answered to your satisfaction. A good installer will have all the answers.
A Second Quote/Estimate: WHAT TO LOOK FOR!:
- Talk to several contractors. A good insulation contractor can answer all your questions and explain the type of spray foam insulation recommended as it pertains to your project (not all spray foam is equal!). He will also put in the proposal/quote exactly what type of insulation will be installed and where it will be installed.
- Understand that fiberglass batts or blown insulation installed with spray foam is NOT the same thing, no matter what any insulation contractor tells you. The only way to get ALL the benefits of Spray Foam insulation is with SPRAY FOAM INSULATION only.
- Spray foam installers have very specific rules to follow when it comes to the type of insulation and where to install it.
- Once you receive your second and third quotes, make sure that the proposal/quotes ARE “apples” to “apples” not spray foam to fiberglass or blown.
- Watch out for general terms like “Spray Foam”. It should be identified as “open cell” or “closed cell”, which are not the same and the cost are widely different.
- Your first or second quotes can be less, sometimes much less, than all the others. The cheapest quote may not be for the same thing. There are contractors that pray on your inexperience of insulation to win bids. We can help you compare the scopes of work in the quotes/estimates. We are passionate about our product! For that reason, we will give you an honest assessment of your proposals/quotes.
Experience: What experience does this contractor have with your scope of work.
Scheduling: How far out are they scheduling? Does this meet your needs. This can vary depending on the time of year.
Insurance: Does the company have Workers Compensation and General Liability? The general liability is specialized for our industry because of the nature of the product (i.e., coverage for chemical spills/Hazmat, etc.).
Warranty: Does the company offer a Workmanship Warranty? How long is it good for?
Overselling: Estimators that are pushy and demanding decisions on a time line to get discounts, should be weighted with scrutiny. The estimator should be there with the intention of solving your problem and trying to stay within your budget as best they can. Please understand that spray foam insulation is more costly than traditional insulation but the benefits will outweigh the costs in the end.
Word of Mouth and Reviews: Talking to someone that has experience with the company or reading reviews can be helpful. Even great companies have dissatisfied customers but still deliver a great product. So check your resources in several places and ask for references, preferably from someone with a project like yours. If the company is established, they should be able to provide that information.
I hope this was helpful. Contact us anytime with questions about your project, its free!