Take On The Role Of A Contractor In Your Home

As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.

Can You Hear And Feel The Wind From Outside? Blow New Insulation Around And Protect Your Home

Construction & Contractors Blog

When you are inside your home you aren't supposed to feel and hear the wind go by, and the exterior walls around the home shouldn't sound hollow on the inside. If these are problems that you have in your home, along with climbing heating and cooling bills throughout the year, it may be time for new insulation installation around your home.

If you are ready to improve the house by replacing the insulation, you want to consider using spray foam. Here are some of the things to talk with the professional about when you get a cost estimate for the project.

Where to Put the Insulation

Lack of insulation is probably the cause of your heating and cooling bills being so high, along with drafts and moisture problems inside the house. Have an insulation installation contractor come to your property and ask about these important things:

  • Putting polyurethane spray throughout exterior walls
  • Doing the crawl space or basement
  • Adding a layer between the roof and home
  • Cost for the project
  • Benefits of spray foam insulation

The professional will look at your house to help determine where the insulation should go, what the best options are, and where the insulation will help the most.

Benefits of Spray Foam

Instead of replacing old insulation with more fiberglass options, it's time to look at spray foam that is made of polyurethane. This option can help your home by:

  • Improving energy efficiency and lowering heating and cooling bills
  • Prevent moisture from getting into the home or developing in exterior walls
  • Expand to improve the strength of the house's structure throughout exterior walls
  • Act as a barrier against pests
  • Lower unwanted noises inside the house from exterior causes

The insulation installation professional can go further into detail about how the foam works and can help improve your home. They should also be able to show you where they will go into the walls and what damage may be done.

The estimate should have the cost for labor and materials. If you get more than one quote, see what each professional has quoted for the time and amount of material. The quotes should be similar, and you want more information on any large discrepancies. You don't want one company to be charging too much or another company to be not using enough in the space. This is an upgrade that will improve the home a great deal and is a smart homeowner investment.

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20 July 2018