Insulation Materials Cold & Heat Wholesalers
Insulation of all types, from external to internal and spray foam to sheets, can be installed in attics and walls by a skilled contractor, although some homeowners decide to take on the project themselves. Contractors must be licensed and certified, and knowledgeable in all aspects of insulation. Backgrounds in acoustics or engineering are extremely helpful, but certainly not necessary to understand the science behind insulation, which minimizes the heat transference from one material to another via conduction, convection or radiation.
Contractors buy from wholesalers, who offer bulk discounts off thermal internal and external insulation supplies, such as spray foam, fiberglass, batting, wood chips, and perlite. Contractors can provide free estimates or quotes for residential or commercial customers by performing on-site evaluations of attics or basements, for example. Contractors can advise on the best type of insulation and covers for the customers' cold and heat needs, whether that involves wool, cork, hemp, cotton, or straw.
They can give out price quotes, which vary by the size of the job, materials, and complexity. Many insulation contractors and wholesalers have websites that outline services, and which may offer perks like how to request a free energy consultation of specials deals. Some sites offer helpful information on energy tax credits, insulation installation videos, provider locators, and articles on radiation, conduction, and convection ratings. Some may offer money off whole house insulation.
When calling a wholesaler, customers will first speak with a receptionist or company representative to learn prices and other basics. If they decide to hire a contractor to install the insulation, they can then schedule an appointment with an insulation technician. Such technicians should be timely, courteous, and knowledgeable about all aspects of thermal building insulation to regulate cold and heat, such as vermiculite, sawdust, balsa, frost resistant, and polyurethane.