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All You Wanted to Know About Home Insulation: An Interview with Jason Stutenroth of Tradesman Drywall

By Jason Stutenroth

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Tradesman Drywall was founded in 2005. We specialize in both Commercial and Residential jobs, including hanging and finishing drywall, insulation, metal framing, and suspended ceilings. Our motto emphasizes our company's focus, "Quality. On Time." Our goal is to exceed our customer expectations, maintain the cleanest job sites, complete the project in a time-efficient manner, and offer the most pleasant experience.

What are the basic things about home insulation that every homeowner should be aware about?

The goal of insulation is to keep our homes as comfortable as possible, while keeping energy costs within budget. The R-value is the main attribute that homeowners need to be aware of. In a nutshell, it's the measure of the insulation's ability to resist heat traveling through it.

The higher the R-value, the better the performance of the insulation. Here in Pennsylvania, homes should have a fairly high R-value due to our vast range of seasons. It will keep the heat in during the winter months and the air-conditioning in during the summer months.

Does insulation play a significant role in terms of energy savings indoors?

Absolutely, it does. Studies show that the average household saves 20% on their heating and cooling costs due to the benefits of insulation.

What are the critical areas in a house that should have insulation?

For optimal energy savings, every area of your home should be insulated, from the roof down to the foundation. Walls, floors, ceilings, and around doors and windows definitely require insulation. Attics, basements and duct work should also be given priority.

What are the most common types of insulation that people in Pennsylvania install?

Batt fiberglass insulation is the most commonly used in PA. I think we've all seen the pink or yellow version at one time or another. It usually contains 20% to 30% recycled content, and is quite efficient.

What advice would you give someone in Pennsylvania who thinks they need new insulation but has a limited budget?

My suggestion would be to contact a reputable company that will be able to give you an honest assessment of your situation, including the necessity and the cost.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

We offer free estimates, so feel free to contact us at any time. Our office number is (717) 614-7080. You can also visit our website at www. tradesmandrywall.com.

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Jason hails from the central Pennsylvania region and has worked in the Construction...

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