One of the biggest concerns for homeowners is the insulation of their homes. It may not be the first thing that they think about when purchasing or renovating a home, but it is definitely a recurring topic when high utility bills become a monthly problem.
In an attempt to save money on renovations, people often opt for a DIY project of their own. However, regardless of how much previous experience you may have in home improvements, when it comes to insulation, avoiding the work of a true professional could diminish any hope of a return on investments, and may even cause bigger problems in the long run.
Several important health and safety regulations need to be taken into account, as well as the correct choice of raw materials.
This Is Not An Easy DIY Project
Even if you’ve managed to complete smaller DIY projects in the past, upgrading your home’s insulation is no easy feat and requires the help of an experienced contractor.
For starters, you would need to carefully plan the energy efficiency requirements of every room in the house. Even if you don’t plan on insulating each room, the walls are connected and will spread energy amongst themselves.
It could easily end up costing you much more in the long run if you do a poor job of it on your own. Not only will you not be saving anything on your utility bills, but you may also end up having to hire a weatherization assistance program anyway.
Each Room Must Be Properly Prepared
Insulation renovations aren’t just about adding a new layer to a room. In order to achieve maximum efficiency of energy preservation, the room must be properly prepared beforehand.
Both cellulose and fiberglass batts may seem like they are easy to install, but they require a lot of precision in the process of installation to ensure that the room will be properly sealed.
Only Work With The Best Products
Cheap products will provide a cheap finish. Even if they were to be installed by a professional contractor, if an insulation product is of low quality, then it won’t last long and you will be back to your usual energy waste issues.
Cellulose is an Eco-friendly product that is perfect for environmental protection. It is regionally produced, meaning that it can be bought for affordable prices.
A fiberglass batt, on the other hand, is used for thermal and acoustical insulation and works best when installed between walls or as an additional layer of insulation.
Health Factors Must Be Considered
Both cellulose and fiberglass batt insulation can cause injuries, burns, skin irritations, and can be a danger to the eyes if mishandled.
Professional contractors for weatherization always have the correct clothing, masks, gloves, and understand the correct safety procedures while on the job.
This is probably the most important thing to consider when deciding whether to do a DIY project or to hire a contractor.
Perhaps the best reasons to get professional help are the discounts a company like Neeeco can offer you. Thanks to our partnership program with utilities, you could be eligible to receive 75% or more off the cost of insulation! All it takes is a quick non-cost call to find out if you qualify.
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