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A Practical Approach to Insulation Removal in Pickering

When removing old or aging insulation, there are factors to consider.

When removing home insulation, the biggest factor would be the condition of the insulation itself. Many older homes have existing insulation that has lost integrity over the years. However, old insulation or not, it would be important to determine whether the removal is a matter of urgency or not. For insulation removal in Pickering and in the surrounding communities, Great Northern Insulation offers a professional and practical approach for homeowners. GNI insulation experts come in and review the scope of removal that’s necessary; they assess the type of repairs and retrofitting required; and they offer options for reinstalling high quality home insulation product.

Every home will have different criteria for removing aging insulation.

Since every home has a unique size and shape, the criteria for removing insulation will vary. GNI has experienced virtually every type of removal scenario, from basic to complex. Some homes have too little insulation, and therefore very low performance. Some homes are over-insulated, making for problems with air circulation. And some homes just have inferior insulation (product and installation). GNI has also come across homes with substandard ventilation and substandard air sealing – both of which affect the performance of the insulated space. Finally, there are times when insulation removal is critical (wet insulation, deteriorating materials, or asbestos content).

Removing insulation while doing a home renovation is advantageous.

A home renovation is an ideal opportunity for removing old insulation. If individual contractors can work together, insulation removal and reinstallation can be easily streamlined. Well planned, it’s also an excellent opportunity to make the necessary repairs and retrofits before installing any of the new insulation. At Great Northern Insulation, insulation removal is a step-by-step process. First, GNI assesses the quality and condition of existing materials. Next, there’s a decision on how much insulation material should be completely removed and how much can be saved. And finally, there’s a decision on whether new insulation can be efficiently installed on existing materials.

In the majority of homes, removing insulation requires a professional.

Yes - it’s true that removing insulation is really just a cleanup job, but its specialized work that needs a professional touch. Great Northern Insulation uses high performance vacuums to remove and eliminate old insulation. The waste is safely disposed, and all remnants of dirt and debris are cleaned up. For the team at GNI, it’s also essential to properly prepare an area for reinstallation. This is when the space gets sealed airtight and when the ventilation is retrofitted and upgraded. As for installing new insulation, GNI only installs high quality product that suits the need. Overall, it’s about making sure that everything works together - air sealing, ventilation, and insulation.

There are some homeowners who choose to opt for the DIY approach.

When it comes to saving money, there are homeowners who opt for a do-it-yourself approach to insulation removal. The truth is, however, that nothing compares with a professional approach. Removing insulation can be challenging. It’s painstaking work and it’s time consuming. Someone without any previous experience could spend twice the time as an expert. Additionally, there are times when insulation removal may be hazardous, and with some health risks for a homeowner. There are also worst-case circumstances that absolutely require expertise – like contaminated insulation, mold-infested insulation, or insulation that contains asbestos or vermiculite residue.

Thorough insulation removal is key prior to installing new insulation.

For homeowners who may be considering insulation removal in Pickering, the experts at Great Northern Insulation offer professional services from end to end - removal is fully comprehensive; disposal is thorough, clean and safe; and new insulation is installed to code. Beyond the removal, GNI also undertakes to complete any repairs and retrofits that are required. In some homes, this might include an air barrier and/or vapour barrier. And in some homes, it might include the retrofitting of ventilation to enhance air circulation. But for GNI, critical attention is focused on sealing the space airtight – this will have impact on insulation performance and energy efficiency.

For the team at Great Northern Insulation, sealing airtight is the key.

In all homes, whatever size or shape, indoor air movement impacts the indoor environment.  Air distributes moisture and oxygen (as well as pollutants) around the home. When a home has been properly sealed, air movement is better managed. Air circulation around the home is enhanced and energy efficiency is improved. For Great Northern Insulation, a home is a “system”, where air tightness, ventilation, and insulation all work in combination to provide efficiency and comfort. The fact is, air sealing has actually become as important to the “system” as the insulation itself. And with a professional touch, everything works together to ensure maximum performance.

GNI offers quality insulation products and superior installation work.

For local homeowners in Pickering, GNI can offer a number of insulation products to suit specific needs. One popular product option is blown insulation – it’s a reliable, cost-worthy installation that is particularly well suited for the attic. Available in cellulose or fiberglass, blown insulation is installed as a thick “thermal blanket” of insulation. It provides good R-Value throughout the year. GNI also offers fiberglass insulation batts, another satisfactory product option for the attic/roof.

For a higher performance product, GNI suggests Spray Foam Insulation. It has high regard in the insulation industry, and simply offers more benefits than any of the other insulation products. SFI effectively seals a space airtight, and creates an air barrier/vapour barrier that is particularly effective. When professionally installed, Spray Foam Insulation has the best possible R-Values on the market. The finished space will never need to be topped up, or replenished, or replaced.

Great Northern Insulation also offers a more unique approach to reinstallation. The so-called “hybrid” method is a cost-effective installation that combines two excellent products into a single install. First, Spray Foam Insulation is applied, followed by one of the blown insulation products. Together, the products bring excellent insulation results, and very good dollar value. Indeed, the resulting energy savings serve to “pay off” the original installation costs in a reasonable time.

With GNI, local homeowners in Pickering are assured of project satisfaction, from removal to cleanup, to reinstallation. Best of all, quality products and superior installation are guaranteed. 

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