Category: ABS Insulating

Alfred Ford, "Installer of the Year" poses with prize check from Owens Corning®

ABS Insulating’s Own Alfred Ford Named “Installer of the Year” by Global Insulation Leader Owens Corning®

Alfred Ford, "Installer of the Year" poses with prize check from Owens Corning®At ABS Insulating we value not only our customers, but also our employees. We are a family and when one member of our family rejoices, we rejoice with them. Currently, we are celebrating with Alfred Ford, one of our most talented installers, for being chosen as the 2022 ExCEEd On the Job Installer of the Year by the global insulation leader Owens Corning®. Alfred was presented with his award recently at the Owens Corning® Certified Energy Expert® (CEE) National Meeting and the ExCEEd On the Job Awards at the Omni Hilton Head Ocean Front Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

This national award is a huge honor for Alfred, ABS Insulating and our customers. “I and the entire ABS team stand and applaud Alfred for this incredible, well deserved honor and his many years of service and dedication to our company and customers. We are honored to have him as a part of the ABS Insulating family,” says Allan Hoppe, ABS Insulating’s owner.

Danny Allen, ABS Insulating’s division manager, concurs. “Alfred has been our company’s go-to person for over 25 years. The builders we work with frequently request Alfred for their projects, given the consistent excellence and timely quality he provides. ABS Insulating would not be the company it is today without Alfred’s dedication and talent.”

Only the very best insulation contractors, such as Alfred, have what it takes to be in the exclusive Owens Corning® Certified Energy Expert® Program and become an Owens Corning® Certified Energy Expert® Professional. Program members are trained, tested and trusted to help make any home or building a better place to be. Each day, they work with builders and homeowners to help make buildings and homes quiet, comfortable and energy smart. As an energy performance consultant, Alfred has been trained to help optimize comfort, noise control and energy efficiency in homes. As an elite insulation contractor, Alfred and his fellow program members are tested to meet the highest standards, delivering advanced solutions based on decades of building science research.

The ExCEEd On the Job Awards recognize insulation professionals who go above and beyond to ensure excellence. Throughout the year, Certified Energy Expert® representatives from across the country nominate employees who excel in the workplace. Owens Corning recognizes regional award winners each quarter and it is from these candidates that the Installer of the Year was selected. As Installer of the Year, Alfred will receive not only an all-expenses-paid trip to the next National Certified Energy Expert® Meeting, but a $1,000 cash prize as well.

For ABS Insulating, this exclusive award reiterates our exceptional industry leadership. Alfred could not be more deserving of this award and we continue to strive to recognize our employees for their hard work and dedication to our customers and our industry. It is our goal to value our family of employees and remain committed to retaining the industry’s top talent. Homeowners and builders alike can be assured that ABS Insulating professionals have the skills and experience to deliver comprehensive energy-saving solutions.

Our Commitment to You and Our Team Members

At ABS Insulating, we have served Charlotte, North Carolina with professional insulation and air sealing services for over 30 years and have recently expanded to serve Myrtle Beach and beyond. Our insulating team specializes in energy-saving residential and commercial insulation, along with gutter installation. It is only with committed experts on our team, like Alfred, that we are one of the region’s top insulation contractors. As a locally owned company we are committed to providing our customers with superior products, excellent workmanship and reliable service. We have been a member of the National Insulation Contractors’ Exchange (NICE) since 1999.

To learn more about Alfred and our talented ABS Insulating family, visit

ABS 30th-anniversary team gathering (March 4th, 2021)

ABS Insulating Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

ABS 30th-anniversary team gathering (March 4th, 2021)Our story began on February 18, 1991, when founders Allan Hoppe, the late Bill Pettus, and the late Steve Carter filed as a corporation within North Carolina. Their company name was generated from their first names – Allan, Bill, Steve.

Having already spent several years developing relationships in the insulation world, each partner brought his area of expertise to the equation, contributing to critical decision-making procedures early in the start-up process.

In his early 30s at the time, Allan managed the administrative side of the business along with his duties as a salesman. Steve, in his late 30s, was the gregarious one of the group, implementing his natural skills to spread the word about ABS Insulating and attracting their clients. Bill, in his early 50s, was the most established of the three.

cake from ABS's 30th-anniversary team gathering (March 4th, 2021)A few years after the business was established, Bill left the company to pursue other opportunities. He eventually returned to the insulation industry to start “Pender and Pettus,” now a TruTeam company. The ABS team suffered a great loss when Steve passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2009, leaving Allan as the sole owner and forever leaving a void in the fabric of our business.

During their growth, ABS Insulating has celebrated many milestones.

  • In 1999, ABS joined the National Insulation Contractors Exchange (NICE), an organization consisting of independent insulation contractors from around the country who come together to trade ideas and stay up to speed on the latest industry trends.
  • ABS Spray Foam was founded in 2009, allowing the company to offer a new, trendy product to its customers.
  • ABS 30th-anniversary team gathering (March 4th, 2021)In 2012, the company opened a second branch, ABS Coastal Insulating, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and is one of the premier insulation providers in South Carolina’s low country. Jeff Hoppe, Allan’s brother, serves as a co-owner, before which he was a sales consultant for ABS Insulating.

Through all these milestones and growing pains, our commitment to our customers and the community has remained strong. We’ve been honored to serve you over the past 30 years and look forward to many years to come.

Thank you for your support, and we invite you to join us in celebrating 30 years of ABS Insulating in the Carolinas!

Attic Insulation in Charlotte, NC

Attic Insulation in Charlotte, NC

Attic Insulation in Charlotte, NCMost people think that insulating their attic is unnecessary and a waste of money because no one lives
or sleeps there, right? Wrong! Insulation will help keep your home’s inside temperature cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Insulation adds a lid to your home to keep the heat from escaping in the cold months and warm air from entering your home from the outside in the warm months.

After thoroughly cleaning your attic to get rid of any pest remains or droppings, air sealing and insulation should be installed. Air sealing closes any openings that might allow moisture, outside air or pests to enter. Insulation creates a thermal barrier to prevent heat transfer between conditioned and unconditioned spaces.

Attic insulation can assist in reducing energy cost and make your home more comfortable. Contact us today to discuss your home’s attic insulation.

Alan Hoppe featured in NICE member spotlight in Charlotte, NC & Charleston, SC

ABS Insulating – What Makes Us Great

Alan Hoppe featured in NICE member spotlight in Charlotte, NCThe ABS Insulating team is proud to be led by Allan Hoppe. In 1991 Allan partnered with two colleagues to start ABS Insulating. Allan is now the sole owner. He oversees two branches in Charlotte and Myrtle Beach.

Recently Allan was featured in the National Insulation Contractors’ Exchange member spotlight. Click here to learn more about our leadership, history and future!

Radiant barrier by ABS Insulating

Don’t Lose Your Cool – Add A Radiant Barrier

Radiant barrier systemKeeping your home cool during warm summer months can feel like a full-time job. Adding a radiant barrier to your attic can help reduce summer heat gain and decrease cooling costs. A radiant barrier is an insulation product consisting of material that reflects radiant heat rather than absorbing it.

Radiant energy from the sun is the primary force in causing the roof to heat. Much of this radiant heat is conducted into the attic through the shingles, roof deck and other roofing materials. Heat is trapped inside the attic and raises the temperature of the ducts and attic floor. Although insulation helps manage the temperature inside your home, a radiant barrier reflects heat out of the attic and helps keep the attic cooler than insulation alone.

A radiant barrier is very effective in hot, sunny climates. Some data indicates that adding a radiant barrier to your home can reduce cooling costs up to 10 percent. If you’re adding a cooling system to a new home or upgrading your home’s existing cooling system, a radiant barrier may allow you to install a smaller cooling system.

Learn more about radiant barrier systems by contacting our office at (704) 821-4343! We are happy to discuss your project and the benefits of adding a radiant barrier.

Hire A Commercial Insulation Contractor

Construction Project

When it comes to a construction project, time is money. When deadlines are missed or subcontractors hit snags, an entire project can be delayed. With the scale of a commercial project, each decision becomes even more important, including choosing the best insulation contractor. If it’s time to hire a commercial insulation contractor for your next commercial construction project, here are a few things to look for:

  • Commercial insulation experience. Hire a commercial insulation contractor that has extensive commercial insulation experience. The best commercial insulation contractor should confidently answer questions about fire ratings, codes, etc.
  • Fully licensed and insured. A quality commercial insulation contractor will hold the proper insurance and licensing to perform commercial insulation work. If you have any doubt, ask.
  • Current installation techniques. The best commercial insulation contractor will recommend installation techniques to help improve performance, aesthetics and more. A professional commercial insulation contractor will be up to date on industry trends and provide recommendations to make your project even better.
  • Installer base. Hire a commercial insulation contractor that has a large installer base that can complete your installation in a timely fashion. Confirm your contractor has an adequate number of installers available to handle your project when install day comes.

ABS Insulating has vast commercial insulation experience, is up to date on new commercial insulation technologies, is properly licensed and insured, and has the installer base to complete your project in a timely fashion. To get an insulation estimate on your commercial project, contact our office.

Check your Gutters! The Why and the How.

Adding a Gutter Leaf Protection in Charlotte, NC

Fall is a favorite season for many. For homeowners, it brings to mind dropping leaves and cleaning out gutters. If you are focused on cleaning up leaves from your lawn, don’t overlook your gutters. Gutters direct water away from the foundation of your home. Allowing leaves, sticks and other debris to pile up in your gutters can result in poor drainage and can ruin your foundation.

If you’re tired of cleaning your gutters, consider adding gutter leaf protection. If your gutters are open and it’s time to clean them, here are three easy steps to guide you through proper gutter cleaning:

Remove debris.
After safely placing your ladder, carefully remove debris from the gutters. Be sure to wear work gloves to protect your hands from sticks or any other sharp objects that may not be visible to your eye. Check the downspouts to be sure they are clear so any water drains properly. After removing the debris, take a few minutes to wash out any remnants and help them perform better.

Check installation.
While you are on the ladder, it’s a great time to check that the gutters are secure. Confirm that the gutters are properly connected to the rafters and are stable. If not, this is the time to replace any pieces that are not secure.

Check for holes or missing pieces.
A leaking gutter is as harmful as a missing gutter. If you find holes in any gutters caulk can be temporary fix until your gutters can be replaced (schedule this soon!). You’ll also want to check the rivets that are near the down spouts. These rivets help water flow properly to and through the down spout rather than running over the sides and down to your foundation.

If you notice problems with your gutters, it’s time to have them replaced. Contact our office to discuss your questions and schedule a free estimate.