Houle Insulation, Inc.
The Metro North Chamber of Commerce In-Home Business of the Year Award winner is Houle
Insulation, Inc.. Todd and Jolene Trauba bought the business in 1996
when Charles Houle decided to retire. Todd had worked for the company
for twelve years.
2003 Small Business of the Year Award Winner
Houle Insulation specializes entirely in insulating existing homes.
"It's a lot more complicated than new construction, and it takes
a while to learn," says Jolene. "We insulate walls and attics, seal
attic bypasses, and do blower door tests. We put a lot of effort into
sealing the attic bypasses, because that makes or breaks the insulation
Todd and Jolene use cellulose insulation. This is made from recycled
newspaper, ground up and treated to be fire retardant and mold and
mildew resistant. It yields a better R value than fiberglass, and
requires only a tenth of the energy to produce as fiberglass. Many
community programs that promote home insulation require the use
In 2001, Dateline NBC set out to do an expose on insulation contractors.
They ended up praising Houle Insulation for their careful work and
Todd and Jolene have three full-time employees, and are looking
to add a fourth. Todd works with the employees in the field, does
the estimating, and orders supplies. Jolene does the accounts payable
and receivable, payroll, taxes, benefits and advertising.
Jolene has been very active in Chamber events, serving on the Golf
Committee and chairing the Ambassadors as well as being active in
both of the Sunrise groups, the Galas, and Networking After Hours
events. Houle Insulation's web site is at www.houleinsulation.com.
Houle Insulation Inc.
Our Specialty is Your Existing Home!®