At a glance, insulation projects seem pretty straightforward. Many homeowners might find themselves asking the following questions: Can I install insulation myself, or do I need to hire a professional insulation company? What are the risks of installing insulation myself?
Many factors go into the process of installing or removing attic insulation. That’s why it’s better to leave the job to professionals. Here are some of the factors you may not have considered when thinking about tackling insulation projects on your own:
Health and Safety
Most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time in the attic, opting to use it only for storage. When an attic is out of sight and out of mind, it can become an ideal environment for pests as well as mold and mildew.
If there is mold in your attic, you should not try to remove it by yourself. Dealing with mold can be very dangerous without the right equipment and protective gear.
Depending on the age of your home, asbestos may also be a concern. It’s best to hire a professional to test for asbestos if your home was built before 1975 or if you have doubts about when the insulation was installed.
Properly installed insulation can increase the energy-efficiency of your home, lowering your carbon footprint as well as your utility costs. By hiring a professional insulation installer, you ensure that the job will be done correctly the first time.
The installation or removal process itself will also most likely be more efficient with professional help. A professional insulation installer will come prepared with the right equipment and follow all applicable regulations for an insulation job well done.
Inspections and Permits
Many homeowners don’t realize that there are legal requirements in their area for inspections and permits to obtain before doing any work in their attic. Hiring a professional insulation installer takes these concerns out of your hands.
For major insulation jobs when walls are opened up, exposing electrical wiring or plumbing, it’s especially important that anyone working knows what they are doing and adheres to local building codes. As a homeowner, you have enough to deal with already. Let a professional handle the inspections and permits — just make sure you keep a record of any work done. Future homeowners will appreciate it!
The work of properly installing or removing attic insulation is only part of the project. It’s also essential to make sure you’re using the right material. A professional insulation company will be able to order new insulation with the correct R-value, type and size the first time around. They’ll also have the correct tools for proper insulation.
If you’re attempting to install or remove attic insulation on your own, the temptation may be to use lower-quality tools and equipment. After all, it doesn’t make sense to invest in professional-grade supplies when you only intend to use them once. But professional insulation companies have the best equipment because they use it every day. Invest in quality by hiring a professional.
Contact Atticare for Professional Solutions
When it’s time to install or remove insulation in your home, contact Atticare at one of our three locations for service. We currently serve Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the New York and New Jersey Area.
You deserve to be comfortable in your home or business. Atticare is dedicated to creating living and working spaces that are healthier, safer and more energy-efficient. Reach out today to experience the benefits of a professional insulation job.