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Insulation installer recommendations in Canberra?

By thatsnotme - 13 July 2012 16

My wife and I are starting to look into improving the insulation in our home.  Our place was built in 1973, and the only insulation it has is terribly installed ceiling insulation.  In some places, the batts are slung across the roof trusses…kinda looks like someone stood in the man hole and just threw it up there!

We’re after advice and quotes on replacing the ceiling insulation with better (and correctly installed) stuff, and also cavity wall insulation.  It’d be easier if the one company did both, but not essential.

Anyone have any recommendations?  Companies to avoid?  Hopefully at least now the Government funded schemes are long gone, the true fly-by-night operators will have left.

Thanks in advance!

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Insulation installer recommendations in Canberra?
Just Rite Pty. Ltd 11:48 am 17 Sep 14

CanberraBred said :

tidalik said :

Just Rite did both ceiling and cavity wall insulation for us about 18 months ago.

We could have done the ceiling ourselves but it was such a tiny roof space and such an easy job for them that the quote turned out to be quite reasonable.

The wall insulation was that rock wool stuff they spray in with a big hose. It’s been awesome.

+1 for Just Rite. They did our large roof space quickly and neatly, it’s been very good. We also had old batts up there that didn’t properly cover the whole ceiling, but they just put the new batts on top and tidied it up – surely there’s no reason to remove old insulation unless it’s dangerous (ie. asbestos)?

Thanks for the feedback. Your feedback keep us going,

Fahad Raza
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Just Rite Pty. Ltd

Just Rite Pty. Ltd 11:42 am 17 Sep 14

I believe its important for the homeowner or whoever on a lookout to know how to select a batts installer rather than asking particular names. You should be able to choose one based on some principles as opposed to other’s recommendation. Here are some of the factors you should take into account…

1) Check if their license is current to work in your state

2) Ask for the relevant experience – so many thermal insulation choices are available like fibreglass insulation batts, blown-in loosefill insulation, spray foam insulation. Don’t afraid to ask the installer’s specialization

3) If the tradesman is trained directly by the contractor, an absolute bonus. It will be like extra insurance.

4) Ask for references – Do the checks

5) Take multiple quotes – go online find tradies with online presence

6) What insurances are there in case of damage?

Regards,

Fahad Raza

CanberraBred 1:23 pm 14 Jul 12

tidalik said :

Just Rite did both ceiling and cavity wall insulation for us about 18 months ago.

We could have done the ceiling ourselves but it was such a tiny roof space and such an easy job for them that the quote turned out to be quite reasonable.

The wall insulation was that rock wool stuff they spray in with a big hose. It’s been awesome.

+1 for Just Rite. They did our large roof space quickly and neatly, it’s been very good. We also had old batts up there that didn’t properly cover the whole ceiling, but they just put the new batts on top and tidied it up – surely there’s no reason to remove old insulation unless it’s dangerous (ie. asbestos)?

I-filed 12:26 pm 14 Jul 12

Hazza said :

The Hon Peter Garrett

+ 1 – but only if you are happy to risk the installers’ lives!

Thumper 10:20 am 14 Jul 12

Hazza said :

The Hon Peter Garrett

Got to pay that one….

steveu 8:17 am 14 Jul 12

tidalik said :

Just Rite did both ceiling and cavity wall insulation for us about 18 months ago.

We could have done the ceiling ourselves but it was such a tiny roof space and such an easy job for them that the quote turned out to be quite reasonable.

The wall insulation was that rock wool stuff they spray in with a big hose. It’s been awesome.

I was told a while ago that the blown-in wall cavit insulation tendeds to bunch up and pool over time, resulting in quite uneven placement of the insulation. Im not saying this is correct – though wondering if anyone can confirm or deny that this actually happens?

Hazza 9:46 pm 13 Jul 12

The Hon Peter Garrett

tidalik 7:48 pm 13 Jul 12

Just Rite did both ceiling and cavity wall insulation for us about 18 months ago.

We could have done the ceiling ourselves but it was such a tiny roof space and such an easy job for them that the quote turned out to be quite reasonable.

The wall insulation was that rock wool stuff they spray in with a big hose. It’s been awesome.

thatsnotme 5:33 pm 13 Jul 12

Rosencrantz said :

Don’t lots of older Canberra houses have asbestos-based cieling insulation? You’d want to be bloody careful if that’s the case.

I’m pretty sure ours isn’t. We have batts, and afaik the asbestos insulation was all blow in stuff.

JC 5:30 pm 13 Jul 12

Rosencrantz said :

Don’t lots of older Canberra houses have asbestos-based cieling insulation? You’d want to be bloody careful if that’s the case.

Nope, there was a program in the ACT, and I reiterate the ACT that from 1988-1993 inspected every house and removed asbestos roof insulation.

Also the OP mentioned he had batts, the asbestos insulation was loose fill.

Though of course your advice is still pretty sound, unless you know what it is don’t mess with it.

Rosencrantz 2:52 pm 13 Jul 12

Don’t lots of older Canberra houses have asbestos-based cieling insulation? You’d want to be bloody careful if that’s the case.

Holden Caulfield 12:33 pm 13 Jul 12

thatsnotme said :

I have considered that, but want to get some quotes to compare the cost of paying someone to do it, vs doing it myself. To be honest, with ducting up there from the gas heating, plus what looks like 40 years worth of accumulated dust and grime – plus the fact that at 190cm tall, I’m likely to end up hitting my head more than once, I’m willing to pay for someone else to deal with all that!

Fair enough. Removing the old stuff would be a particularly nasty job. Whenever I’ve done DIY insulation it’s been on new houses.

saraj 12:20 pm 13 Jul 12

Vac To The Future did mine a few years ago. Excellent service and quick installation.

thatsnotme 11:37 am 13 Jul 12

Holden Caulfield said :

If you have decent access into your roof then save some cash DIY. It’s not rocket science.

Not sure about wall insulation though, and expect that will make a nice difference for you.

I have considered that, but want to get some quotes to compare the cost of paying someone to do it, vs doing it myself. To be honest, with ducting up there from the gas heating, plus what looks like 40 years worth of accumulated dust and grime – plus the fact that at 190cm tall, I’m likely to end up hitting my head more than once, I’m willing to pay for someone else to deal with all that!

Then there’s the question of getting rid of the old insulation, which will end up costing me whichever way I go.

If it’s a big difference, DIY will come back into the picture, but that’s not a job I’d be in any hurry to start!

Holden Caulfield 9:41 am 13 Jul 12

If you have decent access into your roof then save some cash DIY. It’s not rocket science.

Not sure about wall insulation though, and expect that will make a nice difference for you.

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