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Insider Secrets About Insulation Contractors in Seattle

By Chuck Henrichsen on January 11, 2018

If you’ve ever experienced problems caused by a faulty, or even suspect, insulation installation, you know that it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Among the countless insulation installers out there, there are plenty that are reliable, honest, and who do an excellent job.

Unfortunately, there are also some insulation contractors who just don’t measure up in terms of quality of work. Even worse are those who are downright dishonest, employing what amounts to as a variety of tricks designed to make homeowners believe they have received a quality installation when the exact opposite is true.

If you are in the market for new insulation in your home, settling on an installer with poor work skills or deceptive practices is the last thing you want to have to go through. Let’s look at some of the unsatisfactory performance issues and less than honest tactics a shoddy installer might employ, as well as how to select an installer whom you can trust to perform the quality work they claim to be able to deliver.

Reasons to Suspect an Insulation Contractor is Shoddy

First, let’s take a look at some concrete examples of poor workmanship. Remember that not only are you paying for the initial work, but there are additional and ongoing costs you will have to absorb because of their poor workmanship as it relates to optimal performance.

  • Insulation that has been misaligned during installation. If your insulation fails to make proper contact with either air barriers or any materials associated with said barriers, misalignment may have occurred. Ideally, you should expect that all air barriers be 100-percent in alignment with all thermal barriers. If they are not, your insulation is not going to perform properly.
  • Poor sealing around penetration areas. If your insulation contractor has not ensured that all doors, windows and any rough openings are not properly sealed, you’re looking at a shoddy installation that’s going to cost you each and every month due to excessive air leaks.
  • Air barriers improperly installed around water fixtures. Failure to properly install air barriers around your existing shower and bath inserts can cause problems with air leakage and moisture retention. Either or both can lead to additional expense for the homeowner.
  • Top plates improperly sealed. If the top plates in your attic are not properly sealed to drywall your insulation may not perform up to its full capacity due to excessive air leakage. Insulation contractors need to be sure that these areas are properly sealed and caulked.

 

Insulation Contractors who Employ Deceptive Practices

As disheartening as it is to say, make sure you do not sign a contract for insulation installation from a known cheater. A few ways poor insulation contractors can perform work that is detrimental to your home include:

  • Blown attic insulation that is less than you contracted for. This is sometimes described as “fluffing.” Here’s how it works. An installer increases the airflow on the blower to the point that more air and less insulation finds its way into the coverage area. The material is blown to a stated depth that is meant to deliver an expected R-value. But because the actual material has been fluffed, the R-value is actually considerably less.
  • Shortening the insulation. Some installers deliberately fail to deliver enough of the materials required to ensure the R-value you paid for. Whether it be fiberglass, rock wool, or blown cellulose insulation, the full amount of material has been deliberately left out of the installation.

 

Finding an Insulation Specialist who Delivers on What They Promise

The means for sorting through the shoddy and the disingenuous installers out there is, ironically, the same means for making sure you choose a reliable and honest insulation specialist. Here are two sure-fire ways to do this:

  • Scrutinize online content. Go to the insulation contractors website. If they don’t have a website in this day and age it might be a clear cut signal to stay away from them. If they do and they include a section of the site where testimonials and reviews from their existing customer base can be viewed, treat it as a good sign. Read not only what previous customers have to say about the work they had performed on their home, but also what types of certifications and awards the contractor has received.
  • Check out their reputation locally. If you don’t know anyone personally who has been a client, don’t hesitate to call the insulation contractor and ask them for references for whom you have their permission to contact.

 

A Reliable Professional You can Trust

When you visit the Clean Crawls website or speak with them directly, you’ll be able to clearly see their customer-focused approach to sales and service. While you’re online, take a look at their Certifications & Awards page. On it, you’ll find testimonials and accreditations from a whole host of name-worthy and reputable organizations.

If you’re looking for an insulation contractor that you can trust and who will absolutely deliver on what they promise in the Puget Sound area, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more reliable one than Clean Crawls. Contact them today for a free and easy quote for all your insulation needs.

 

Chuck Henrichsen
President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.