Our newly bought home had terrible drafts, especially around the skylights. The furnace ran very frequently and even after we had it and the ducts cleaned, the smell of cigarette smoke still lingered.
I called a few insulation companies to come over to quote an insulation top up. When doing the inspection, they said they would not do the upper atic because it was too tight to fit into.
When the Avenue Insulation group looked at it, they said the upper attic would be a challenge but their guys liked challenges.
They also looked at the old insulation and noticed it was moist from condensation, there was no vapour barrier in the atic, there was no insulation around the skylights and the venting around the roof was not done properly. They suggested a few options and scenerios around how long we were going to live in the house.
We agreed to remove the old, damaged, smoke saturated insulation and replace it with new air tight foam. It was more costly than just doing a top up but without a vapour barrier, it made the most long term sense.
The crew got to work a couple of weeks after the agreement and did the complete job over four days because the upper atic was so tight and cut in half by one of skylights that one of the crew had to cut a hole in the roof for entry. He did an excellent job also patching it back up too. Both atics are now very well insulated while the smell of smoke has disappeard and the furnace immediately stopped running by 70%.
Also, while the crew was working they noticed other unseen problems from the inside of the house like a leak that ran along a main support beam to the outside wall. Fixing this while it was small saved a much bigger problem for the future.
After the crew was finished, they cleaned up what little mess that was made. The entire staff of this organization is very friendly and reliable to make the whole experience a positive one.