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For any retrofit insulation company, this is the meat and potatoes of the business. Simply put, we blow loose fill insulation through a long hose up into your attic hatch, and install it according to the manufacturer's specifications in your attic space. The process involves a 3 or 5 ton truck that houses the special machinery and material required to do the job. It's a little noisy, and our truck sticks out like a sore thumb, but most upgrades are over before you know it.
For the average attic, the job will take approximately an hour depending on which truck and what type of equipment is dispatched to your job. The installers will lay down 2 mil poly (plastic) on the floor from the front door to the attic hatch. In many instances they will be able to feed the hose through a window close to your attic hatch, and minimize the disturbance to your home. When complete, they simply roll up the poly with any loose insulation that may have fallen out of the hatch, and remove it from your home.
* In all our retro-fit jobs, we include what is called the “hatch work”. If required, we will build a cardboard border around your attic hatch opening. This will hold back the insulation so you don’t get a face full every time you go into your attic. We will also install a batt of insulation to the top of your attic hatch and weather strip the perimeter of your hatch (if required). This whole process gives your access hatch a tight seal, ensuring that your added insulation isn’t going to be wasted by a “drafty” hatch. Don’t pay extra for your hatch work (as most contractors charge extra). It’s a necessary part of the job, and should be included in the price.
*We offer generous promotional packages on the installation of air chutes at the edge of your attic, to aid in the air flow of outside air if you have soffit venting installed. Many older homes do not have soffit venting installed. If you don’t have soffit venting installed, then air chutes are not required, and you should discuss other options such as intake roof vents with your contractor. Bear in mind that some attics are of such a low slope, that it's not always possible to reach the soffit and install the chutes. If you do not have soffit venting, it may still be a good idea to install air chutes to keep the insulation away from your roof deck, and future proof your attic, in the even that you renovate and add soffit vents.