Getting the insulation right in your property has many advantages. You’ll be more comfortable by keeping the heat inside during Canberra’s cold winters, and the cool inside during Canberra’s hot, dry summer. You’ll save money through energy efficiency, be kind to the environment and even increase the value of your home.
Choosing the right type of insulation for your property can be baffling, so you’ll want to choose an insulation installer who is an expert in the industry and who can advise you on the best approach.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing an insulation installer, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great insulation installer?
Choosing the right insulation installer can help fast-track your project and give you confidence that you have the right type of insulation for your property.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing an insulation installer.
- Experienced. Insulation is an investment, so you’ll want to choose an installer who is experienced and can work quickly. Check company websites to research how many years the installer has been in business and the breadth of their experience. Also make sure they work to Building Code of Australia standards.
- Licensed and insured. You’ll want a reputable and licensed insulation installer who is fully insured against anything that might go wrong during your installation.
- Quality products. Some insulation products are better than others so check around to see what products represent the best value for your needs.
- Competitively priced. The cost of buying and installing insulation varies from company to company. Conducting some research and asking for detailed quotes will give you an idea of what is a fair price to pay.
- Advice and service. Insulation can be complicated to understand. It’s best to choose an insulation installer who will give you sound advice on your options and provide efficient and effective service to keep costs under control.
The best insulation installers in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
One of Canberra’s leading solar installers and insulation specialists, Insulpro provides energy efficient solutions to commercial and residential properties, with the best quality products, service and price. For more than eight years, Insulpro has provided ceiling, wall and underfloor services to existing homes and new home builds.
On Google, Jason Whitaker wrote, “Professional from start to finish. It's so unusual to actually be able to call someone and get local support straight away. No call centers or timely waits.”
CSR Bradford is a leading supplier of insulation, acoustic control and energy saving products for homes and commercial buildings. Services include floor, roof and ceiling insulation as well as wall wraps, roof sarking and shed insulation. A range of insulation solutions are available to reduce heat transfer and make living and working spaces comfortable.
On Google, Todd Jackson wrote, “The one-stop shop for all your insulation needs.”
Eco Home Insulation is a premier insulation installer, with more than 25 years’ experience in roof, wall and underfloor insulation. The company also removes insulation, does roof top-ups and provides acoustic insulation services with the best range of environmentally friendly insulation products. Free inspections, measures and quotes provided.
Elena McCarty wrote on Facebook, “I am very happy with the work Eco Insulation did in our home. It was done quickly and their technicians were very friendly.”
A local family owned business, Alexander Watson Home Insulation is expert at residential and commercial insulation. For more than 13 years, the team has worked on new builds, existing homes, insulating ceilings, wall cavities and floors.
Fiona Engeler wrote on Google, “I had insulation installed at my house last year and was so impressed I installed it at my son's house this year. Definitely made a noticeable difference to the temperature … Excellent service.”
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Your experience with insulation installers in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it worth the money to insulate my home?
Insulating your home makes it more energy efficient, which can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a year on your energy bills. New builds already have higher energy ratings but older homes often are poorly insulated, so it’s worth talking to an insulation installer to weigh up cost versus value.
What is the best type of insulation for my home?
This depends on your home, but make sure your insulation has a guaranteed R rating that suits Canberra’s climate (R value specifies the resistance to heat flow). Many types of insulation are on the market, including batts and blow-in, so it’s best to do a bit of research and talk to a few insulation installers.
Do I need to remove old insulation before installing new insulation?
It’s best to clean out your ceiling cavity before installing new insulation. Reasons for this include that some old insulation is a health hazard, pets may have invaded, and loose insulation can be an electrical safety issue.
Can’t I just DIY my insulation project?
Some property owners install their own insulation, but many use a professional company to make sure the insulation is installed safely and to high industry standards. It can be tricky and even dangerous to install insulation and you need to consider factors like thermal bridging, vapour barriers, ventilation, air gaps, physical handling and health and safety issues.
Do I need an electrician as well as an insulation installer?
All insulation installations require a professional electrical safety check to cover off items like ensuring electrical wiring and components are safe to be surrounded by insulation. Some installation companies have a full-time electrician on their team. Others subcontract this out. Check with your installation company to see how they cover this requirement.