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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
How to choose an insulation contractor

How to choose an insulation contractor

When it comes to home improvement projects or building a new home, it’s hard to know you’re choosing the best contractor for your job. How do you know the company is reputable and will be there to handle a problem that could come up down the road? Can you trust them to show up on the day the work is to be performed?

Don’t let the process of hiring an insulation contractor become overwhelming. Here are some tips to help ensure you’re making the right choice:

  • Check their experience. It’s important to know your contractor has experience in residential insulation. In today’s economy, there are many one-man operations that don’t have the experience to properly install your type of project. Check references and work history to be certain you’re choosing a qualified contractor.
  • Building science savvy. A good insulation contractor will have a deep knowledge of building science. They will be able to speak clearly about your home’s overall energy performance and answer questions about topics like air sealing, mechanical ventilation, indoor air quality and more.
  • Insured and licensed. It goes without saying that an insulation contractor should hold the proper insurance and licensing to work on your home. If you have any doubt, ask.
  • Customer-focused. It’s never too early to receive great service. A professional contractor will return your calls in a timely fashion, answer your questions and fully explain your project estimate.

Southland Insulators has extensive insulation experience, is up to date on new insulation technologies, is properly licensed and insured, and cares about providing great customer service. To schedule a free estimate for your insulation project, contact our office.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
What does it mean to be a Best Pick?

What does it mean to be a Best Pick?

Today’s consumer can find a variety of reviews and ratings of local service providers. Some reviews are verified while many are not. It can be challenging for a customer to find accurate information about a local service provider.

One rating source we suggest to our customers is Best Pick Reports.

Best Pick Reports is a free, annual guide featuring independently researched and recommended local home service providers. Consumers have access to third-party data at no cost so they can choose a high-quality home service provider to meet their needs.

Best Pick Reports conducts consumer research to evaluate and the performance of a home service provider. Contractors are invited to be part of Best Picks after the consumer research is completed and the contractor has met Best Pick Reports standards.

In order to remain a Best Pick, companies must maintain an A grade based on their customer research. The contractor must also maintain proper insurance and licenses.

Southland Insulators is proud to be rated as a Best Pick since 2010. To see our Best Pick reviews, visit the Best Pick Reports website.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
The Truth about Insulation and R-Value

The Truth about Insulation and R-Value

Having trouble keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in winter? It’s easy to understand when you how much conditioned air can leak into our out of your home each day. Air leakage wastes energy and money. While adding r-value to a home is an important part of energy efficiency, it doesn’t provide full energy savings.

Learn more about air leakage and energy efficiency in the video below. Have questions about your home’s efficiency? Contact us for help.

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Monday, August 29, 2016
We’re More than Insulation: Introducing The Fifth Fuel

We’re More than Insulation: Introducing The Fifth Fuel

Our team is well known for commercial insulation, new home insulation and multifamily insulation – did you know we are also experts in home performance and energy efficiency?

We’d like to introduce you to our home performance division: The Fifth Fuel

The Fifth Fuel has earned a strong reputation throughout the area for providing effective energy efficiency solutions. Our team has over 30 years of experience in home performance, and know what to look for to solve even the most complex energy efficiency issues. As members of BPI (Building Performance Institute) and RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network), we are committed to staying on top of the latest developments in building science and energy efficiency.

To learn more about The Fifth Fuel, our services and more, click here to visit The Fifth Fuel website.

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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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