Reasons to hire a professional to insulate your attic
As we have been noting in other posts, when it comes time to insulate or re-insulate your attic, you need to decide whether you want to try to complete the job yourself in a DIY project or hire a professional to handle the job for you. There are of course pros and cons on each side here. A DIY project always has the allure of saving you some extra money, since you will be doing the dirty work and will not have to shell out any cash for labor costs.
On the other hand, hiring a professional will ensure that the job gets done correctly, guarding against any failures of the insulation – failures which would cost you in the long run. In this post we are going to present the key reasons for why, all things considered, you really ought to let a professional handle this job for you.
Hire a professional to insulate your attic
The first point to note here is concerning health hazards. Professionals understand what materials are hazardous to one’s health, and they also understand how to deal with these hazards. Not knowing about hazards, or mistreating hazardous materials, is dangerous not only for the one installing the insulation but also for the inhabitants of the house. Fiberglass insulation can be dangerous, and so it is recommended that you have a professional deal with this material. But, beyond this, if your house was built prior to 1978, your attic could be full of asbestos – a highly hazardous material. We do not recommend amateurs stirring up this material while working in their attic. If you have an older house, hire a professional who knows how to safely identify and/or remove asbestos.
The preparation work involved in attic insulation is often overlooked and results of insulating an attic are poor if the proper preparation work is not performed. Even more significant are the safety aspects of a possible fire hazard if the exposed wiring is buried or if recessed can lighting is covered with insulation. A professional will have the proper equipment and tools necessary to prepare an attic for insulation. Most of the time the preparation work involved in insulating an attic takes more time than insulating the attic itself.
Finally, perhaps the most important thing people are concerned with when considering a DIY project is the cash that they are going to save. While it is true that hiring a professional will cost you a bit of extra cash up front, in the long run, this may actually end up saving you money. The main reason for installing attic insulation is to maintain your heat levels more efficiently, reducing the need to run your heater, thus lowering your energy costs.
Now, any small mistake while installing your attic insulation can drastically reduce the efficiency of the insulation, thereby keeping your energy bills high. While it may seem counter-intuitive, if you are concerned with saving the extra cash, go with a professional to ensure that your attic insulation keeps those energy bills as low as possible.
Need a professional to insulate your attic? Contact the experts at Balanced Comfort today!