Questions to Ask When Selecting a Spray Foam Insulation Contractor
With summer knocking on the door, it is quite common that homeowners start looking at options to reduce their air conditioning bills. One terrific way of achieving it is to install the spray polyurethane foam (SPF). This insulation offers numerous other advantages like reduced air infiltration which not only lowers energy costs but also improves indoor comfort. However, for it, the house-owners must work in close collaboration with the spray foam insulation specialists to fully understand the product and its implications. The choice of the specialist is also very important here. Below mentioned are some questions which would help you nail the right specialist –
- How long have you been in business?
The company that you choose must always be of 6-7 years old and preferably over ten years old. The reason for this is quite simple. Often spray foam insulation start showing problems when they get 4 or 5 years old. Any manufacturer offers warranties for the material cost. Many companies make the mistake of using foam based on price. After 4 to 5 years, they suddenly find an increasing number of customers wanting them to fix their problems. This makes them shut down their business and disappear. Going for a decade old company assures you that they would be giving you quality material and service and would always honor their guarantee.
- How experienced and how long has that specific contractor supposedly handling my project has worked for you?
With quality spray foam applicator being a scarce item, most companies would never let their ace applicator go. Thus if the contraction is a newbie and has worked for just a year or two, it’s best to move on to another company.
- What is the experience and qualification of the contractor assigned for my project?
Often low price contractors would use cheap labor and contractors. While this is good for conventional insulation, it is disastrous for spray foam insulation. It is not the work of an amateur, and the entire investment will go down the drain if spray foam is not precisely installed. Thus, it’s important that the contractor is an expert at his job with a sizeable experience under his belt.
- Does your proposal meet all code requirements?
This question assumes more importance when you want to spray foam on an attic or a roof system. Getting the project code approved is extremely important here. This is imperative because, minus it, your house can burn out much faster in the case of a fire breakout. To meet the code, all spray foam must have a Fire retardant sprayed on top of it. There are never any exceptions made to this. Getting this assurance would go a long way in protecting your house.
- What foam will you use? When was the last time it was recalled or reformulated?
Spray foam is very much like a cooking recipe. Most companies often use their customers as guinea pigs till they have reformulated bang-on recipe. You have to ensure that you are not that guinea pig by opting for over a five-year-old formulation that has not been recalled in the entire period.
- How often do you work in this area?
Most unreliable spray foam contractors tend to move from state to state in search of jobs. They always hire cheap labor and take up large jobs with low bids. When you contact them with problems, they will put forward a trip charge to resolve the issue. This would prove both inconvenient and expensive. It’s best not to go forward with them.
- What type of warranty do you offer and what does it cover?
You would obviously want a company that takes full ownership of both the materials and the service and does not let you shoulder the responsibility for mistakes that you have not committed. Thus, it’s best to go for a company that offers a lifelong guarantee on materials as well as the labor.