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A Practical Approach to Insulation Removal in Sarnia

Insulation removal must begin with a thorough inspection.

Before any insulation removal even begins, a thorough inspection is highly recommended. Older houses, for example, may have insulation that is old, with poor performance, and even with some deterioration setting in. A thorough inspection provides a good indication of overall status, and clearly indicates the amount of removal work necessary. For homeowners considering insulation removal in Sarnia, Great Northern Insulation can provide all of the services required. GNI starts off with an inspection, and follows with recommendations for removal work and re-installation.

Insulation removal work will vary with the size of the home.

Every home is different in size and shape. Therefore, every insulation removal will be different. GNI has managed all types of insulation removals. Many are problem-free. Some are problematic. And others can actually be dangerous (or even hazardous). Once insulation has been properly removed, most homes will need some degree of repair or retrofits, particularly before any new insulation product is installed. In most homes, airtightness and ventilation will both need to be improved. These kinds of deficiencies are a recipe for wasting valuable energy season to season.

Removing insulation during a home reno can save money.

Removing insulation during a home renovation can save money for a homeowner. If the trades are well coordinated, workloads can be streamlined, and retrofits can be easily combined. At GNI, insulation removal is systematic. After a thorough inspection, GNI decides how much insulation material to remove, how much to salvage, and how best to proceed with installing new insulation. For the team at GNI, the objective is to improve the home’s energy efficiency, reduce energy use from season to season, and save substantial money on heating and cooling throughout the year.

Insulation removal requires the expertise of a professional.

Whatever work is involved, insulation removal requires the expertise of a professional. The work is usually beyond the capacity of a typical homeowner, and is best left in the hands of experts like Great Northern Insulation. GNI crews are specially trained; they use high-powered vacuuming systems; and they manage all the waste debris properly and safely. When the removal/disposal process is complete, GNI prepares for the new insulation to be installed. This includes making all the requisite repairs and retrofits that will ensure the best possible outcomes for years to come.

Given a tight project budget, the DIY approach is tempting.

Sometimes, project budgets are tight - that’s when the DIY approach to insulation removal could be appealing. However, a homeowner who has little or no experience will soon discover that the work involved is time-consuming and challenging. Indeed, an amateur will take twice the time as an expert to do the work. Also, insulation removal could turn dangerous. The material could be contaminated; there could be some asbestos; and there could even be some mold. Whatever it is, insulation removal is risky – it’s far better to leave it in the hands of a capable  professional.

Repairs and retrofits may be needed prior to anything else.

For residential homeowners in Sarnia, GNI has many services available. Insulation removal is all managed professionally. Repairs and retrofits always meet the building code. And new insulation products are the best on the market. Importantly, GNI manages the project work from beginning to end. If it’s necessary, the ventilation will be upgraded. If it’s specified, an air barrier or vapour barrier will be installed. And finally, the space will be sealed airtight. This is a priority for GNI because air sealing will ensure long-term insulation performance, and better energy efficiency.

Airtightness is a requisite for optimizing energy efficiency.

Indoor air movement has an impact on every home. But the homes that are well sealed are the homes that better manage indoor air movement. These homes will benefit in a number of ways: indoor air quality will be improved; indoor air circulation will be enhanced; and energy efficiency will be boosted measurably. For the experts at GNI, it’s essential to create a complete “system” - a mix of elements that will boost energy efficiency. These elements - air sealing, ventilation, and insulation – serve to enhance energy efficiency, reduce energy use, and lower annual utility costs.

GNI installs only top-rated, high-quality insulation products.

In Sarnia, GNI can offer various product options for insulation. One of the more popular options is blown insulation. It is particularly suited for the attic because it provides a “thermal blanket” with satisfactory R-Value. Blown insulation is available in fiberglass or cellulose. Another option is fiberglass batts, also suitable for the attic, with satisfactory R-Value, and good product lifespan. Both of these product options will deliver the best outcomes when professionally installed.

For the discriminating shopper looking for a high performance insulation product, the choice here would be Spray Foam Insulation. SFI has far more product advantages than anything that’s comparable. With a professional installation, SFI provides a lot in one application: it totally seals a space airtight; it creates a simultaneous air barrier/vapour barrier; and it provides very high R-Values throughout a given space. Spray Foam Insulation will outlast and outperform the others.

Another alternative from GNI is the “hybrid” option. Here, two products are combined into one installation. First of all, Spray Foam Insulation is applied throughout a space. This is followed with blown insulation, which is installed as a supplement to the SFI. The “hybrid” option offers benefits from both product groups. It’s one of the most cost-effective installations, with sizable energy savings that will “pay down” the initial project investment with savings on annual utilities.

For homeowners in Sarnia, the team at GNI makes every effort to deliver customer satisfaction on every project. Insulation products are the best on the market; manufacturer warranties promise customers product performance; and GNI installations are always company guaranteed. If there’s an issue or problem, GNI makes the repairs to meet the industry standard, all without cost to the homeowner. Above all, there’s an ongoing commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

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