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A Practical Approach to Insulation Removal in Whitby

Things to consider when deciding to remove older home insulation.

The important thing to consider when deciding to remove old insulation is the overall condition of the installed insulation. In older homes, installed insulation may well be on its way to losing its integrity and its performance capacity. However, whether the installed insulation is old or not, the important thing is to decide if removal is an urgent matter. For homeowners thinking about insulation removal in Whitby, Great Northern Insulation can provide professional service from end to end. GNI evaluates the extent of removal; assesses the need for repairs and retrofits; and offers expert installation when its time to reinstall quality product.

Every home has different reasons for removing insulation material.

Clearly, every home will have a different reason for removing insulation materials. At GNI, crews have seen virtually every scenario – right from the most routine removal to more complex work. In some homes, there isn’t enough insulation. In some homes, there’s too much insulation. And in some homes, the insulation is just badly installed. It all contributes to wasted energy from season to season. Many homes also suffer from poor ventilation, as well as inadequate air sealing. But the worst are homes with serious issues, like waterlogged materials, deterioration, or very old insulation material that still contains asbestos and/or vermiculite.

It’s quite advantageous to remove insulation during a renovation.

For many homeowners, it’s quite advantageous to remove old insulation while doing other home renovations. And when contractors work together, the removal process and reinstall process can be streamlined. A home renovation is also a timely opportunity to make necessary repairs and retrofits before reinstalling new insulation materials. For Great Northern Insulation, the process is step by step.  First, assessing the condition of existing material. Next, assessing the amount of material that will be disposed (or salvaged). And finally, recommending retrofitting and product options that are designed to enhance energy efficiency long term.

In most homes, removing insulation requires expertise/experience.

In most homes, removing insulation is more than just a “cleanup”. By any measure, this is work that requires professional expertise and experience. At Great Northern Insulation, experienced crews use high performance equipment to vacuum and remove waste insulation. Every trace of waste is safely disposed, and remnants of debris are cleaned up completely. Beyond the cleanup, GNI crews also begin to prepare the area for installing new insulation. This would include sealing the space effectively, and retrofitting existing ventilation. Both will improve air circulation and energy efficiency, allowing the new insulation to perform at peak.

In an effort to save some money, some may decide on a DIY method.

In order to save some money, homeowners sometimes decide on the DIY approach for insulation removal. But bottom line, nothing can compare with a professional. Insulation removal can often be a challenging task. It’s painstaking work, it’s time consuming, and an amateur takes twice as long to do the work than a professional. In a worst-case scenario, insulation removal can also be hazardous – the existing insulation might be contaminated in some way, or infested with mold, or contain asbestos residue from years gone by. The fact is, the health risks aren’t warranted. These are all circumstances where expertise is absolutely required.

Insulation removal must be comprehensive prior to reinstallation.

For homeowners thinking about insulation removal in Whitby, Great Northern Insulation can provide “end-to-end” service. The removal process is comprehensive; disposal is safe; and newly installed product is always of the highest quality. In addition to removal, GNI also makes all of the necessary repairs and retrofits to ensure energy efficiency. In some cases, it may be essential to have an air barrier or vapour barrier; in other cases, it may be necessary to retrofit ventilation; and in most cases, there will be a need to seal up the space airtight. For GNI, sealing is always a priority – an airtight space improves insulation performance.

For Great Northern Insulation, sealing airtight is an absolute must.

Because air movement impacts the indoor environment of a home, sealing the home airtight is an absolute must. Air movement carries oxygen and moisture (as well as pollutants) right around the home. A properly sealed home is able to better manage air movement. This results in much better air circulation and much better energy efficiency from season to season. For the experts at Great Northern Insulation, the idea is to create a working “system” that incorporates sealing, ventilation, and insulation. A good working “system” ensures optimum energy efficiency, savings on monthly utilities, and improved home seasonal comfort.

GNI offers top products, quality installations, and superior service.

GNI offers homeowners in Whitby high quality products, superior installations, and exceptional service. For many, blown insulation is a popular, reliable, and cost-worthy installation. It’s very well suited for the attic and roof cavity, and provides an effective “thermal blanket” with good R-Value. Available in cellulose or fiberglass, blown insulation has a satisfactory lifespan and a cost effective price point. GNI also installs fiberglass insulation batts. These are also reliable for attics and roofs, providing good R-Value and product lifespan.

For homeowners who demand high performance insulation, GNI highly recommends Spray Foam Insulation. SFI has become the “product-of-choice” for many insulation professionals. It offers far more product benefits than any comparable option on the market. Spray Foam Insulation seals tight and creates a combination air barrier/vapour barrier in one install. It has very high R-Value ratings, and a product lifespan that is unparalleled. Professionally installed, a finished space will never need topping up, replacement or replenishment.

Great Northern Insulation also offers homeowners in Whitby a unique “hybrid” option. It’s a cost-effective installation that actually combines two products into one install. To begin, Spray Foam Insulation is applied strategically throughout a given space. This is complimented by installing the blown insulation product (cellulose or fiberglass). Overall, the combination install delivers excellent insulation outcomes, impressive R-Values, a cost effective project budget. In some cases, the energy savings even “pay down” the project cost.

With GNI, customers are assured of complete satisfaction. From insulation removal, to repairs, to retrofitting, to reinstallation, GNI services from end to end. And with reliable product warranties, customers can rest assured of performance for many years to come.   

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