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What Factors Go into Scheduling Foam Insulation Installation with RetroFoam of Michigan?


What Factors Go into Scheduling Foam Insulation Installation with RetroFoam of Michigan? Blog Feature
Ashley Bedtelyon

By: Ashley Bedtelyon on March 23rd, 2020

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As a homeowner, the projects and upkeep can sometimes seem endless. 

You may even have a checklist or calendar to help keep you organized and get things done in order of importance. At the top of your list – an insulation upgrade.

You have received your quote for spray foam insulation and taken the time to weigh your options to make the right choice. Now you are ready to have the work scheduled to be completed. 

While you may have expectations in your mind of what that process will be like, you might be surprised by how many things are considered when scheduling your special project.

In our efforts to continuously help homeowners educate and prepare themselves, we will discuss the factors that are considered when we schedule your foam insulation installation including where you live, the size of the job, and the difficulty level of the project, as well as prep.

Factors That Affect Foam Insulation Installation Scheduling

As the office manager here at RetroFoam of Michigan I work closely with everyone in the office when scheduling installation dates.

Here is the breakdown of everything we consider before scheduling an installation date.

The first thing we look at is the size of the job and what is the dollar amount of the quote. 

While most projects can be completed in one day there are times when it could take multiple days to complete the install. If for instance, your quote is between $7,500 to $10,000 or more, we may end up spreading it out over a couple of days. Another option is to schedule multiple crews to get the project done in as timely a manner as possible.

Old insulation removalThe next thing we would look at, specifically for spray foam insulation projects, is if there needs to be the removal of existing insulation. This is required before spray foam can be installed. What we need to consider is how much square footage needs to be removed and what is the material that needs to be removed, whether it is fiberglass or cellulose.

This would be another instance in which your project may be scheduled for multiple days. In cases where there is more than 700-square-feet of removal of existing insulation, the removal crew may be needed to come one day to clean out and prep the area so the spray foam installation crew can come the next day and spray.

We also consider the difficulty level of the project. Is there a lot of prep work that needs to be done before installation can begin? Does any drywall or access need to be cut to gain entry to the area needing insulation? Obviously the more prep work that needs to be done means more time in order to complete the job and may even mean extra crews as well.

Next on the list is the location. Where do you live or where is your project located? If your job is large enough to fill a whole crew’s day, location doesn’t necessarily play a large factor in the day other than we need to know how to get there. We simply filled the day! 

If you have a smaller project, however, we can fit multiple projects in one day. Our ultimate goal is to start the farthest away from our office and work our way back to the home base. Usually, we only allow an hour or less drive time in between jobs to ensure we have ample time at each install and can still make it to the next project in the proposed time frame. 

Injection foam insulationOur first job of the day’s arrival time would always be between 8 and 8:30 a.m. After that we typically give a two- to three-hour window of arrival for example 10 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m. Normally we don’t schedule jobs with an arrival time past 3 p.m. in order to get our crews in and out of your home and back to their homes before bedtime.

Lastly, when do you need this project completed? Do you have a deadline? Do only certain days of the week work for your schedule? 

We try our very hardest to accommodate a homeowner’s needs to make the whole insulation buying process as easy as possible from start to finish. 

So, if you’re working with a deadline be sure to let us know, even as soon as when you contact us for a quote. This way we can be sure to act swiftly for you. We can usually have a project manager out for a quote within one to up to four days depending on how busy we are. 

Once you receive your quote, we typically let our customers know to expect install scheduling to be anywhere from one to three weeks out depending on the factors mentioned above. During our busy times of the year – March through November -- this could be a longer span from two to four weeks.

But again, we try very hard to accommodate homeowners, so if you are in a time crunch and need something done much quicker don't hesitate to ask. We make miracles happen every day.

Getting Foam Insulation for Your Home

While there are plenty of other smaller factors and things we look at while scheduling a project these are the most important.

We understand this as a homeowner you are preparing for a big step and investment not only in money but in time as well. Not to mention the investment you’re about to make in your home’s comfort, energy efficiency, and health.

If you’re ready to schedule your estimate, give us a call at 866-900-3626 or fill out the form on our website.

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About Ashley Bedtelyon

Ashley has office management experience working with customers from her previous work in childcare and the medical field and also has completed the Dale Carnegie course where she was invited back to be a coach for other students. From answering phones and calling leads to prepare invoices for installs, Ashley also processes energy rebates for homeowners and makes follow-up calls on leads, estimates, and installs. When Ashley isn’t being a Jack-of-all-trades, she is spending time with her daughter, husband, and family.