A residential insulator’s day starts early by arriving at the job site with adequate materials. After unloading the insulation in the premises, the insulator dons a tool belt carrying a tacker with plenty of staples, a utility knife for cutting, and a putty knife for stuffing insulation around doors and windows. Then the insulator goes to work tacking insulation throughout the house. Most houses can be completed in a day.

A commercial insulator’s job differs from residential in a few areas. Commercial insulators return to the same jobsite for weeks or months at a time. The tools and materials are slightly different, as commercial applications tend to be more precise. So a tape measure, hammer, and various cutting knives will be needed. Commercial insulators coordinate their work with and around other trades. Commercial insulator’s materials are brought to the site by semi truckloads. If the building will be insulated with spray foam, 55 gallon drums of material are delivered and a specialized spraying rig is used to spray the walls.

An insulator wears long pants, a long sleeve shirt and a dust mask to minimize the irritation that sometimes goes along with working with fiberglass. Spray foam requires proper ventilation and some type of respirator to protect the workers. That’s also the reason an insulator is usually the only one at the jobsite while it is being insulated. An insulators job often requires the proper use of ladders and sometimes scaffolding.

For additional information on this program please contact Local #1307 at (630) 836-9228.