MAG Insulation was created as a spin-off company to my larger commercial construction company. For many years MAG just did blow-in fiberglass installations for local home builders and occasionally installed roofing for our customers.
I am an engineer by trade and had been working to fix the comfort and energy usage problems in my own 2,500sf home and started out taking the conventional approach by just adding more blow-in fiberglass insulation to my attic (which had a minimal amount of existing fiberglass).
It didn’t work. My next step was to improve my exterior walls which had only an R11 fiberglass rolled insulation in them. I installed our retro-fit injection foam insulation into the exterior walls in an attempt to increase the R-Value and cut-off the air infiltration that was occurring. I managed to tighten the walls and cut down the air infiltration that the fiberglass was allowing to pass through, but I still didn’t see the overall result of a considerably lower energy bill. In short, I still wasn’t happy with my results.
The next winter I had 8” of spray foam insulation installed directly to my roof deck (the backside of my roof sheathing) as well as 4” of spray foam installed to my rim joists in the basement. Once that work was finished I finally saw the results I was looking for.
That was $10,000 later. I realize not everyone is willing to take the trial and error approach and spend as much as I did. That is why I decided that we need to diagnose the problems first and then work to solve them. That was how the MAG Insulation of today was born.
The fact is that you are not in need of insulation. What you need is to increase the comfort level of your home and to save some money on your energy bills. That, in a nutshell, is what I decided to sell my customers. We sell increased comfort and reduced energy bills. What that means is we won’t sell you something that doesn’t work. We analyze first then solve the problem.
Sometimes the solution can be as easy and inexpensive as sealing up holes in your ceiling, or spraying your rim joist space with foam, or adding an attic fan to better ventilate the space, or adding attic insulation, or sealing up a cold and damp crawlspace, or re-insulating the exterior walls with foam. Other times we find that the windows or heating system needs serious attention. No matter what the solution you always have the choice to reduce your cost by doing what will give you the best impact for the dollars spent. We also recommend a “Staged” approach, that is you don’t have to do everything at one time – you can do what needs to be done now and save the lesser or less critical items for a later time.