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If you go the Better Business Bureau website you can see that the company has only had two complaints in the last 18 months and that they have both been resolved.  The company has an A+ rating.  This is not something you can buy.

 

There are genuine reviews on many 3rd party online review sites including AngiesList and the Better Business Bureau.  Simply do a Google search for "Smart Energy Today Reviews".

 

Sol Blanket Insulation acts as a radiant barrier, insulation and a vapor barrier.  It is not intended to replace traditional insulation but in fact compliments it and adds to it's ability to keep cool/hot air (depending on the season) in the home when the envelope of the home is properly sealed.  

 

Every attic is different and there are many other components that must be considered.  You mentioned an attic fan as well.  The heat that is radiated away from the ceiling by the Sol-Blanket Insulation is pushed out of the attic with an attic fan.  The US Department of Energy states that radiant barriers do work and suggest they be installed by professionals.

 

As with any product by any company if the product is not installed properly and other factors (attic fan, caulking and sealing, etc...) are not addressed then it will not be as effective.

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A couple of comments about what Jim said:

1) Regarding type of insulation, in cold winter environments: Cellulose and fiberglass are actually about comparable in R value when installed - blown in cellulose runs from 3.2-3.8 R value, fiberglass batt 2.9-4.3 R value depending on manufacturer and whether hig-density or low density, high-efficiency or standard, according to official Department of Energy publications. Measured values in attic test cases, in areas with a true winter, after 10 years showed a decrease from 3.4 (in the test case) down to 2.1 for cellulose, and 3.5 to 3.3 for fiberglass batt, due to packing or matting. In an attic environment, there WILL be condensation or frost on the insulation at some point during the year (assuming an area with true winters) and in highly insulated houses commonly for a substantial time period each winter. Fiberglass packs down slightly from that weight but mostly rebounds, cellulose packs down and mats and does not substantially recover, so over the years cellulose loses 1/3 to close to 1/2 its insulation value, fiberglass about 10%.

2) a note on radiation barriers attached to the bottom of the rafters - there are a lot of installers and homeowners making two major mistakes with this product that can cause major trouble: First, be sure to terminate it short of the eave openings. I have seen cases where it was carried all the way out to the fascia board, thereby blocking all airflow on the underside of the roof. Even carrying it all the way to the eaves along the bottom of the rafters will block off ventilation to the main attic area. You have to leave the air space between the rafters open to full airflow from the soffit/eave area ot the ridge vent. Second, do NOT run it continuous from eave to eave across the full width of the attic - leave a gap about a foot wide under the ridge vents so warm and moist air in the attic can vent through the ridge vent. Closing the ridge vent area off with the radiant barrier effectively puts a vapor barrier around the main attic area, causing retention of the moisture which WILL accumulate there, promoting mold.

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Obviously this is not a timely response to the initial question. However, for those who may be reading these answers at a later time, a couple of added thoughts:

1) the radiant barrier being discussed is basically heavy-duty metal foil or metallized surface on a plastic sheet, intended to reflect RADIATED heat (infrared radiation - think heat light, or heat you can feel at a distance radiated from a fireplace), the same way a mirror reflects light. Radiated heat is how a standard oven broils and how steam and hot water baseboard heat predominately work.

2) you generally should do NOT place a radiant barrier over the insulation that lies between and over the joists in a normal attic, especially in a region where the attic temperature can frequently reach condensation temperature (below about 45-50 degrees) - it may reflect back some of the house heat that is coming up from the house, but by destroying most of the temperature gradient from the house to the attic air destroys much of the driving force that moves moisture to the attic air and subsequent venting. Between that greater heat and the fact the barrier is also a moisture barrier, that makes a perfect condition for mold and rot in your insulation and attic wood, and has become quite an issue in energy upgraded homes because of retrofits that cut off airflow outside the insulation, but do not cut off the moisture source leaking thorough from the house. The proper and ONLY place for a vapor barrier in a normal attic insulation system is on the pressurized and normal warm, humid side of the insulation zone - directly above the ceiling drywall in the top floor, fastened to the UNDERSIDE of the ceiling joists or trusses, NOT anywhere above that. Perforated barriers are supposed to reduce this tendency, but the perforation area percentage is so small that typically they still act as a vapor varrier, just not a totally effective one.

3) radiant barriers reflect radiated heat ewith up to 99% efficiency but have basically zero resistance to CONDUCTION (body to body heat transfer at points of contact - think heat transfer from your warm hand to a frozen cold drink can, or hot pavement heat transfer to the bottom of your feet) - so there needs to be an air gap between the radiant barrier and the hot item passing the heat to it, otherwise the heat will just pass through it by conduction. Therefore, applying it directly to the sheathing (above or below) or manufacturing it directly on the surface of the sheathing defeats its purpose, even though this is commonly done.

4) there is a lot of discussion, particularly in the professional design community, about attic radiant heat barrier effectiveness and problems. Because they are being installed on the bottom of the sheathing or underside of roof joists, they act as a heat trap for the energy being conducted through the roof which would normally radiate into the attic air or be transferred by CONVECTION (fluid flow heat transfer) to the attic air, and be vented through roof vents, ridge vents, gable vents, etc. By trapping that heat, they are causing the underside of the shingles and particularly the felt and sheathing to get a lot hotter than they otherside would, essentially changing it from a system where the shingle top surface might reach 120-180 F and the inside surface of the sheathing about 80-140F in the summer, to making the entire roof system equal to the outside surface temperature. This causes more rapid shingle deterioration and cracking, and makes the felt or plastic moisture barrier under the shingles brittle and subject to failure.

Also, any moisture above the radiant barrier (from roof leaks or humid air coming into the area) is prevented from evaporating by the attic airflow which would normally remove it, so it starts acting like a steamer. I have seen both wood and metal lofts and attics become a major mold farm in months because of this effect, and a couple of roofs which started sagging due to rotted sheathing within 2 years of reroofing with tightly adhered radiant barrier. Some radiant barriers are vapor-permeable to reduce the moisture issue, many are not, but few actually are effective in letting moisture freely escape.

Having seen these products in use, and having analyzed and specified building products for use from the Middle East to the Arctic for decades, and having a Masters in Arctic Engineering (a degree predominately in energy conservation and heat flow), my personal opinion is that these radiant barriers will be banned by code within 10-15 years for unheated (so-called "cold" roofs) roofs, because they just do not use the principles of thermodynamics correctly. For more info on this issue Google the following search phrase  - moisture trapping by radiant attic barriers       and read the government (not the manufacturer) literature on the issue.

5) Unfortunately, the right way to handle this issue is to put the radiant surface on the OUTSIDE of the house - by using reflective materials on the roofing material. This is already done with flat roofs, house trailers, and industrial structures by spraying with alumiunum paint, and a few brands offer reflective aggregate shingles that are slightly more reflective and radiant than normal shingles. People obviously do not like this reflective surface from an aesthetic standpoint, though with solar cells coming into more general use this may soon be more widely adopted. The idea should be to keep the solar energy from penetrating into the building envelope at all, not try to re-reflect it away after it has penetrated throguh the roof system.

The sprayed-in foam has a couple of issues you need to be aware of:

6) it needs to be the low-pressure expanding type mixed for use around window frames, as fully expanding foam can bow joists or trusses and pop drywall ceilings free as it expands, and non-expanding foam actually shrinks as it cures, leaving gaps for air and heat flow alongside the ceiling joists.

7) being closed-cell it is essentially impervious to moisture, so the vapor barrier on the house side has to be EXCELLENT (incuding sealingof all penetrations), or it will trap household moisture escaping into the attic and promote mold and rot in the ceiling drywall and joists.

8) it tends to bleed chemical fumes into the house for a long period of time (can be noticeable for years), which may be objectionable to some people from an odor or environmental standpoint, and especially should be considered if any residents have severe allergy issues or respiratory problems.

9) I emphatically recommend AGAINST use of sprayed-in foam between ceiling joists or truss members in any area that can have cold attic air that could cause moisture condensation in the insulation, though this is probably not a significant problem where you live, assuming your Dallas is the city in Texas. For essentially year-around air-conditioned homes in hot climates, the problem can actually be condensation of attic air moisture on and in the colder ceiling surface insulation and on cold attic runs of air conditioned air, so attic ventilation becomes a critical issue to remove the moisture before it condenses.

In summary, having seen an awful lot of attic moisture and thermal problems, my personal recommendation would be to ensure excellent sealing of the house from the attic, use normal UNFACED fiberglass insulation, and instead of a radiant barrier ensure adequate full-attic ventilation. If you decide to got with a radiant barrier, then I would recommend a perforated one, sloping up towards the sides a foot or two and stopping a foot or so clear at the sides so moist air under it can escape to the roof joist spaces and be vented from the attic. I have seen this done several times with a fine nylon net strung above the insulation in the attic, supporting the barrier, resulting in something very similar to the double-roof system used in bedouin tents, where airflow between the two layers keep the hot air away from the living space.

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Steve made a good point.  Also, while it isn't required to remove the old insulation you can check the ductwork, wiring, etc. with the old stuff removed,  You can also spray foam around all openings and holes in wall top plates to better seal your home as Steve was pointing out.  My concern is the potential for mold spores you mentioned in your question.  If you suspect there are any get a good company in to remove the old and clean the attic.  Another concern is asbestos.  Your home is old enough you could have it in there and that's worse than mold if released into the air.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
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A moisture barrier has to be on the warm side ie towards the heated side.  Most people would not install a moisture barrier in your situation.  (They also sell a paint that you can use on your interior ceiling? as a moisture barrier).  Rather most homeowners would hire an insulation contractor to blow a cap over the existing insulation bringing it up to your areas reccomended levels,,Your power company can tell you the level, I would guess R 40.  What you use is up to your wallet, the best is a spray foam that can be applied to the ceiling or over the whole shebang.  Being a bit of a miser I would trot on down to my local big box store and buy a truckload of cellulose and get a free blower for I and a friend to self insulte.  Big box= Menards, Lowes etc.  Cellulose= ground up paper treated with boron for insect control and fireproofing.  It has a high R value and will stop moving air loss from the home. Before you cap current mostly emply attic is ideal time to take sealant to any openings in the attic floor,  like pocket doors, canister lights electircal wires and close off the air leaks from inside.  If foaming skip this.  Hot air rises so you save yourself a ton air sealing the home.

An attic radiant barrier is also a possiblity see my blog for nifty results on it.

Jim Casper Old Energy Conservation Guru

ps moving existing insulation use a plastic rake

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came out to estimate the cost to insulate our finished attic and ultimately informed us that the attic was already insulated about as well as it could be. Since adding more insulation wouldn't offer us results, he instead gave multiple tips on actions we could take in our home to mitigate any temperature extremes. He was extremely professional, knowledgable, and helpful. To be told that work doesn't need to be done is as great a service as doing great work - it exemplifies integrity. Should we need insulation in the future, I'd definitely work with
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- BEN P.
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came out, he gave us an estimate and required a deposit for material up front. We paid him $3,500 for the material.
He came out one day, dug a few holes. We haven't heard from him since. He even left his wheel barrel and cement mixer in our front yard..
We have texted him. No response. We have called him on numerous occasions. It goes straight to voicemail. He hasn't tried to rectify the situation. Nothing.
Now we're out the $3,500 that we saved for our family fence. It's been such a sad situation. That fence was suppose to be for our kids so that they could play outside.
If anyone wants to discuss our experience with
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.jones1@gmail.com and I'd be happy to chat about their "services" further. Or I can call you. I can also send you photos of how he left our yard..
- Jim J.
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This job was done in two phases. The estimator was awesome - clear and much more thorough than the two other companies I'd contacted; he was the reason I chose
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. Couldn't have been happier with the removal crew: on time, thoroughly professional. We walked through the house to make sure all electrical worked before and after the job, and that there was no ceiling damage. Result was a very clean attic, ready for whole-house rewiring, and a happy customer. The installation team, while it included many of the same players, wasn't as well-directed and rushed things. No prior walk-through, and some minor damage to ceilings. Not enough to go through a repair claim, but something that would have been spotted in a post-job inspection. My fault for not insisting on it. All in all a decent job but not as impressive as the removal.

My real gripe and the reason for the B grade is with the billing and paperwork. Multiple estimates and invoices, confusing billings for partial payment, and a final invoice that was undated, requiring follow-up so I could have something proper to send to the Gas Company for their rebate. Ultimately, the total amount was correct, but it took at least an hour of my time and my own spreadsheet to reconcile everything and figure out what was what. I'd use this provider again, but certainly wish that the installation phase and the billing were of the same high quality as the estimator and the initial removal team.



- Kenneth B.
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Excellent to work with. We scheduled the work, they arrived on time as promised, and they did a great job installing the insulation.
The team was meticulous, and the finished product looks excellent.
- Carolyn L.
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I purchased the deal on Angie's list ($99 for $500 of blown in insulation) on a Tuesday reached out to the provider on the day I purchased the deal. I didn't hear anything from the provider until Saturday when I received an e-mail saying they would call me later that day. I did not receive a call that day and did not end up receiving a call until Wednesday the following week (they left me a voicemail). It took me another few days to reach a person to schedule service. I scheduled service for 8:00 on
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2nd and figured I had time to meet the service professionals and then head into work. I received a call at 8:10 saying that the team had just left and would be at the house in 20-30 minutes. At 8:40 I received another call and the team had gone to the wrong address and were still 20 minutes away. I cancelled the appointment since I didn't have time to wait around any longer. I can't comment on the quality of the work they do since I never ended up having it done. I was too frustrated with the responsiveness to continue.
- Benjamin T.
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When they finally showed up, because my husband works early in the morning, I told him to just let them weather strip the doors and not even inspect the attic because they came so late. Yes, I had an appointment but they came 4 hours later than scheduled.
- Michelle E.
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absolutely incredible.
I can walk into the shed with the door closed, in the middle of a 95 degree day and the inside temperature is in the 80s.
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is great if someone installs it correctly. Apparently they knew how to install it, quite unlike the monkeys who attempted to install it in my garage.
- Roger H.
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Speedy response to initial call for bid. A few challenges on scheduling both on my end and theirs :) Tough way to make a living on a brutally hot day with heat index around 115 yet the three man crew could not have been more friendly, hardworking and polite.












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Insulation Contractors in Warren, RI

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A-Z Handyman

1896 West Shore Rd
Warwick

A.J.H. Construction

186 vernon street
Warren

A2Z Renovations LLC

116 Tupelo St
Bristol

Above All Roofing

1303 Eddie Dowling Hwy
North Smithfield

Aire Serv of Central Rhode Island

115 India St
Pawtucket

AJ Drywall & Plastering

120 Westwood Ave
Providence

American Home Shield

889 Ridge Lake Blvd

Anchor Insulation - Pawtucket, RI

435 Narragansett Park Dr
Providence

ARK HOME IMPROVEMENT

323 Sayles Ave
Pascoag

B&R Fournier Construction Inc

155 Trenton St
Pawtucket

Brassard Construction, Inc.

70 Bucklin Street
Pawtucket

Calyx Homes Ltd

21 Spring Green Rd
Lincoln

Classic Metal Roofs LLC

264 Gleasondale Rd

Clean Care of New England

850 Wellington Avenue
Cranston

Clean Planet

1069 Main St. Suite 321

Collum and Son Remodeling

46 Cottage Ave.
Portsmouth

COTE JB CONSTRUCTION INC

256 RAILROAD ST
Manville

Craig Paris Construction

45 Burnside Ave.
Newport

CRITTER CONTROL OF GRI

14 LORRAINE RD
Westerly

Cronin Construction

319 Longmeadow Ave
Warwick

CROSS INSULATION

10 Appian Way
Smithfield

Cyber Bridge Marine, Inc.

209 S. Stephanie St

Donahue Chimney Service LLC

20 N Main St
Wakefield

Dry Zone Basement Systems

850 Bedford Street

East Side Construction

21 Dexter Road
East Providence

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Hope Artiste Village
Providence

Envirotek Restoration Inc

205 Hallene Rd
Warwick

EPCO ROOFING SIDING AND WINDOWS

120 Wayland Avenue
Providence

Expert Landscaping

6 Franconia Dr
North Smithfield

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Five Star Construction

521 Front Street
Woonsocket

G&C Construction

Whipple St and Cash St

GARCIA HOME IMPROVEMENT

18 BLACKSTONE AVE
Pawtucket

GreenSeal Inc

44 Fishing Cove Rd
North Kingstown

Greenville Insulation

305 Putnam Pike
Smithfield

Handy-Woman

146 Prospect St. #3
Providence

HCA Pre Cut Systems LLC

22 Wampanaug Trail
West Greenwich

HD Home Improvements

199 south bend st.
Pawtucket

HERITAGE RESTORATION INC

122 MANTON AVE
Providence

Hetzler Contracting

535 Hyacinth St

J.D. Edwards

196B Chapel Street
Lincoln

Jon's Carpentry Service

26 Waldo Road
Warwick

K Benoit Construction Company

27 Thompson Hill Dr
Cumberland

Keith Allen Carpentry & Remodeling

9 Union Street
Riverside

KIR CONSTRUCTION & REMODELING INC.

103 WEBSTER ST
Pawtucket

LAG Home Improvement

481 Joslin Road
Harrisville

MGB Construction

14 Colonial Ave
Tivderton

Moonworks Home Improvement

1137 Park East Dr
Woonsocket

National Building Products

3356 POST RD
Warwick

National Lumber

120 Welby Rd

O.B.S Construction L.L.C.

90 grove Ave
Cranston

OCEAN STATE AIR SOLUTIONS

1844 East Main Road
Portsmouth

OCEAN STATE PROPERTY SERVICES

542 RIVER AVE
Providence

Padilla Construction

132 Hendricks St
Central Falls

Paint&color

141 high st.

Pro Insulators

71 Maple St

Prudential Remodeling

1 Westview Terr

RB Construction

Pawtucket

RETRO TEC INSULATION LLC

PO BOX 268
Slatersville

RHODE ISLAND HOME IMPROVEMENT

1815 POST RD
Warwick

Richardsons Renovations

45 Buckeye Brook Rd
Charlestown

RISE ENGINEERING

1341 ELMWOOD DR
Cranston

RJL Insulation

476 B Green End Ave
Middletown

Superior Insulation

14 enterprise ln

TJI Construction

40 Hillcrest Dr
Cranston

universal insulation

28 desoto st
Providence

Warmzone

12637 S 265 W Suite 100

White Contracting

366 Minerva Ave
Cumberland

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