Property owners are always faced with the challenge of finding the most appropriate insulation system. Commercial and industrial properties that choose to have acoustical insulation, thermal insulation, spray-on fireproofing, or spray-on insulation will always grapple with the challenges of getting the right contractor and installing the best insulation system. Here are some of the pointers that can be invaluable when selecting the most appropriate commercial insulation contractor.
Understand Insulation Dynamics – Before one engages a contractor, they should understand the specific insulation demands and requirements. Different commercial properties have different insulation needs. While a typical office block might need insulation for noise control, a warehouse will need it for mechanical preservation. These varying needs should be used to determine the specific type of insulation and material to be used. This base knowledge is also important in finding the contractor who is well suited for the specific job.
Completed and Ongoing Projects – One can gauge the quality of work and professionalism they would expect from a potential contractor through observing their completed and ongoing projects. These projects will offer a clear perspective of how the company works thus allowing one to estimate the time frame of their own installation.
Accreditation – The contractor needs to prove their membership to reputable associations. The Industrial Contractors Association of Australia, the Thermal Insulation Contractors Association, and the Australian Mechanical Contractors Association are some of the bodies that the contractor should be allied with. These associations ensure that their members have the necessary skills and knowledge and are able to meet the best performance standards. They also ensure that the insulation conserve energy, deliver comfort, and promote sustainable processes.
Updated Codes – The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) produces and updates the Building Code of Australia that determines the insulation regulations in every State and Territory. These codes are important in ensuring safety, structural integrity, and health and amenity. One should consult their contractor to ensure that they are in line with the current codes.
Cost – The cost of installing and maintaining the insulation should be within the allocated budget. While some contractors might have high initial costs, their quality services guarantee reduced maintenance costs while lowering other ongoing costs. Energy efficiency should always be one of the cost priorities that should be considered when hiring a contractor. Contractors should demonstrate their ability to apply the best practices that will minimize subsequent energy costs.
It is important that one carefully orders their insulation priorities in order to get the best service while remaining within their budget. Ranking the needs in a descending order enables one to narrow down to the best insulation and allows them to align their needs with the most appropriate contractor.