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What It’s Like to Insulate Your HomeJanuary 19th, 2012 by
This article was crafted with the help of Woodman Insulation.
Whether you’re insulating your home for sound, comfort, or the tax break, it is helpful to know what to expect after you pick up your phone and dial the number for your local Atlanta insulation company. Since every house has its own set of challenges, an estimator will likely need to personally visit your home and examine it and the existing insulation.
“It used to be that when we were doing retrofit work, to diagnose a home’s insulation needs, we would need to drill a two-inch hole in the wall. Not with today’s technology! Now we have infrared cameras. They show the hot spots and cool spots within your wall. We can see if you’re missing insulation,” says Jeff Woodman of Atlanta’s Woodman Insulation.
Of course, not every Atlanta insulation company will have infrared cameras. Some companies may need to cut holes in your wall to check if your insulation is up to date. (Fair warning: this can be a dusty process.)
If this is the case, it’s important that you discuss follow-up with them. Certain companies may offer turn-key service, having the technical skills required to fill the hole, to fix drywall, and to paint. Others may recommend companies to do that work for you.
Determining Your Insulation Needs
“When we visit your home, we offer you a series of different insulation recommendations that take into account your existing insulation, your insulation needs, and building codes.
We understand that you’re working within a budget, and it also may not be necessary to do everything at once,” Jeff explains. “Once you’ve decided what work you want done, if any, the next steps depend on the type of insulation we’re installing.
The process for installing pre-cut batting is not the same as installing blown-in insulation in the attic, which requires that we park a truck in your driveway and run a hose through the closest window to the attic.
Woodman Insulation puts a protective covering over the windowsill, the floor, and the wall to protect those areas.” And, of course, batting and blown-in are different from foam insulation, which is the most detailed process of all.
Professional Insulation Installation
A reputable Atlanta insulation company should walk you through the insulation process, as it will be unique to your home. The company should also advise you of any steps you might need to take in preparation.
“We like to educate our homeowners. If you don’t work in construction, it is possible you may not know much about insulation,” Jeff discloses. “Every house is different; you really have to treat it as a case-by-case basis. There are very few cases that are exactly the same.”
This article was crafted with the help of Woodman Insulation, an Atlanta expert in Insulation. While we strive to provide relevant information to all homeowners, some of the material we publish may not pertain to every area.
Please contact your local Best Pick companies for any further area-specific advice.