Cost of Home Insulation – Finding Home Insulation Quotes

by The Carpenter

Cost of Home Insulation

If you live in an older home (or perhaps a new home with a draft problem), then having your house insulated can save you a lot of money over the long haul on your heating and energy bills. New insulation can make a big difference in preventing drafts, and keeping your house nice and warm in the winter and cooler in the summer, but how much does adding new insulation to your home cost?

First there are a few different types of insulation you can get. Insulation is graded by its “R Value” which is a measure of the thermal resistance of the insulation. The higher the R Value the better it is at keeping cold air out and warm air in (or vice versa in the summer time). Obviously the higher R Value insulation you get the better it is and the more it will cost you to have it done.

You will also want to be sure that when you are comparing quotes that you make sure they all have the same R Value insulation in the quote… otherwise you may be comparing apples to oranges when it comes to insulation quotes. Just as a reminder you can compare four local insulation contractor quotes here… it’s free and you don’t need a credit card to sign up.

If you’re a handy type you might want to try doing your insulation on your own without hiring a contractor. You can buy most grades of insulation on your own at stores like Lowes and can put it in yourself and save a lot on the labor, after all the majority of the cost is on the labor not on the insulation itself. You want to make sure you know what you’re doing though since leaving dead spots in the insulation will just result in cold air leaks and won’t do much to fix the draft or cold air problem.

You may also want to consider spray foam insulation for your home, where instead of insulating your home with insulation in a roll, they come in and actually spray an insulating foam in to your walls and attic space. Spray foam insulation tends to cost a little bit more but it is much better at sealing up those tough spots that may get missed with standard roll out insulation. Obviously with spray foam insulation you will need to hire a contractor to do it since most people don’t have spray foam insulation equipment laying around in their garage (and if you do then why are you reading an article on the cost of home insulation?)

The best way to save money on a home insulation is to compare a lot of contractors to see who gives you the best product for the best money. Don’t just take the cheapest quote, be sure you know what kind of R Value insulation you are getting, and be sure that everything is spelled out in each quote. Some contractors will include air leak testing and sealing in their quote while others will not. If you take your time and do your research you can save a lot of money on the cost of home insulation.

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