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Sunday, August 7, 2016
Safe Driving - A Southland Priority!

Safe Driving - A Southland Priority!

The Southland Insulators team takes safety seriously. We are committed to keeping our team safe and being responsible members of our community. As part of this commitment, we hold regular safety trainings for our team.

On Saturday, July 30th the drivers on our installer crews attended a defensive driving seminar. With over 40 drivers in attendance, we covered a variety of tips for our drivers and are looking forward to another training to include drivers from our Commercial and Fifth Fuel divisions.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
A Letter from our President, Gerald Palmer

A Letter from our President, Gerald Palmer

Southland Insulators is proud to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2016.  As we reflect on this significant milestone, we want to take a look back at the legacy of our company.

I had been President and Partner in Metro Building Supply starting in 1978. That business grew from 3.5 million in sales to over 54 million in sales when it was sold in 1985.  After a short retirement Nancy and I opened an insulation contracting business called Southland Insulators in 1986.  My vision was to build a company based on loyalty to employees, customers & vendors.  We wanted to be the leader in bringing the best of building science to our clients, especially in the areas of Energy Efficiency and Air Sealing.

In 1988 Southland acquired DeVere Insulation in Baltimore and a great partner in Bob DeVere.  In 1996 I, along with 13 other contractors from across the country, formed the National Insulation Contractors Exchange (N.I.C.E.) to promote independent insulation contractors by sharing best practices and pulling other resources.

As the company grew we expanded into Delaware, Pennsylvania & West Virginia.  We also expanded our product base for Fiberglass (while staying true to our core values) into Cellulose and Spray Foam. This focus on only insulation has enabled Southland Insulators, DeVere Insulation and Delmarva Insulation to become the largest independent insulation contractors in their respective states.

Our success is a result of many factors—our loyal customer base, our dedicated employees past and present who deliver exceptional service, and our vendor partners and business colleagues who have supported us over the years.  On behalf of all of us at Southland Insulators, thank you.

Action Track Chair
In lieu of a large celebration, we have decided instead to donate to The Independence Fund to purchase an Action Track Chair for a wounded veteran.  We will also be working with Castlewood Builders and the Gary Sinise Foundation to insulate a new home for Captain Luis Avila. Captain Avila served 5 combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  On December 27, 2011, while leading his team, a mounted improvised explosive device detonated nearby.  Three of his fellow soldiers were killed by the blast and two were severely wounded.  Luis himself suffered an amputation of his left leg, two strokes, two heart attacks and severe lack of oxygen, which caused anoxic brain damage.  Luis was in a coma for 40 days.  Although the doctors felt he would not recover, his wife Claudia and three sons stayed by his side.  On February 13, 2012 Luis opened his eyes for the first time.  He continues to work hard in extensive therapy at Walter Reed National Medical Center.

Today he can see, speak, eat, laugh and tell jokes.  We feel honored to be a small part in helping Captain Avila and his family.  We would also like to thank Icynene Spray Foam for their donation for the materials to make this happen.

As we move into our 4th decade as an independent insulation contractor, we are mindful of the ever changing environment, the use of technology and the latest in Building Science knowledge.  At the end of the day this is still a people business and Southland Insulators will continue to conduct business as we have for 30 years by:
  1. Continuing to hire the best in the business.
  2. Pursuing those customers that value a trusted relationship.
  3. Representing our vendors with honesty and integrity.
Looking forward to the next 30 years.

Very Truly Yours,
Gerald R. Palmer

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Southland Difference

The Southland Difference

Southland Insulators
We're more than an insulation contractor. We are your partners in energy efficiency and construction. 

When you choose Southland Insulators, you choose quality and expertise that is unmatched. We care about our company, our industry, our customers and our reputation.

Since our beginning in 1986, we have built a reputation for quality and achievement in residential insulation. We were one of the first contractors to be accepted into the National Association of Home Builders, Research Center Certified Contractor program.

What makes us different from other insulation contractors?

  • We are the largest independent insulation contractor in the state of Virginia, serving customers since 1986. We will be here to serve you and your customers for years to come. 
  • We are the largest independent insulation contractor in Virginia.
  • We have supervisors in the field and have dedicated quality inspectors.
  • Direct buying from several manufacturers enhances our buying power, allowing us to pass our price savings on to our customers.
  • We stock over 15 trailer loads of insulation in all sizes and R-values so we have the product you need on hand.
  • We were green before our competitors. Our industry-leading recycling program has saved millions of pounds of construction waste.

You can trust us with your project. Our service is beyond compare. Why choose another contractor? Contact us and learn more about The Southland Difference.






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New Residential Insulation

New Residential Insulation

Residential Insulation - Southland Insulators
As home owners are more concerned about energy costs, indoor air quality and green building techniques, properly insulating new residential construction is becoming a priority for contractors.

Our team has the expertise to install the right insulation for your project. By property insulating your new residential construction projects your customers can benefit from:
  • Monthly energy savings 
  • Better indoor air quality
  • Moisture control
  • Superior sound control
  • Environmental satisfaction with the use of approved recyclable materials
  • A safe, healthy home environment

Installing quality insulation is only a fraction of the total cost of a home, and an investment that will pay your customers back beginning their first day in their new home. 

We install residential spray foam insulation in attics, crawl spaces, basements and walls. There are several common types of insulation:
  • Fiberglass (batt and blow in forms)
  • Cellulose
  • Rigid foam board
  • Spray foam

When correctly installed, each type of insulation can deliver comfort and lower energy bills, especially during the hottest and coldest times of the year.

Contact us to discuss your next residential construction project.


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Commercial Insulation

Commercial Insulation

Commercial Insulation - Southland Insulators
Looking for a qualified, experienced team to insulate your commercial project? Our commercial division is the right team.
We are skilled in a variety of commercial insulation techniques including fire stopping, sound control, fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation, stick pin applications and curtain wall systems.

We have insulated all types of commercial projects including:

  • High rise commercial buildings
  • Multi family buildings
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Parking garage ceilings
  • Tenant fit out 

We understand the importance of staying on time and on budget. As experts in insulation serving the customers since 1986, there is no better choice than Southland Insulators.


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Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product, insulating and air sealing in one step. Unlike fiberglass or cellulose insulation, foam insulation expands when applied and completely fills a cavity to prevent air leakage and keep energy bills low.

Spray Foam Insulation - Southland Insulators
Open cell spray foam along roof line
Open cell spray foam insulation works as an insulator and air barrier. The typical R value of open cell foam is 3.7 per inch. Other features of open cell spray foam insulation are:
• it is vapor permeable
• is able to accommodate seasonal movement
• is not a food source for mold
• dampens sound








Closed cell spray foam along roof line
Closed cell spray foam insulation works as an insulator and air barrier. An additional feature of closed cell spray foam is that it is solid. The cells of the bubbles remain intact (closed), which makes the product rigid. The closed cell composition and increased density contributes to a higher R-value than that of open cell foam. This can contribute to building stability during storms and high winds.


Contact us to learn more about spray foam insulation and how spray foam may be right for your project. 


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