Insulation costs $1.00 to $4.50 per square foot installed, depending on the type, location, and R-value. Spray foam and rigid foam boards cost more than standard fiberglass batt insulation. Common locations in a home that require insulation include:
Attic insulation costs $1 to $4 per square foot installed or $500 to $6,000 total, depending on the attic size and insulation type. Common attic insulation types are blown-in, batt and roll, loose-fill, and spray foam.
Unvented attics should be insulated beneath the roof deck with rigid foam, spray foam, or reflective insulation. Vented attics should be insulated with batt and roll, blown-in, or spray foam.
Insulation is worth it because it improves energy efficiency. Proper insulation may reduce utility costs by 10% to 40%, depending on the home's location, current insulation level, and insulation type. Many older homes are under-insulated.
The best type of insulation used depends on the location:
You may need new insulation if your utility bills have risen or your home has damage from:
You can add new insulation on top of old insulation unless it is wet or damaged by mold, mildew, or pests. If you choose to layer new insulation over old insulation, use blown-in or batt and roll. Older homes may have less insulation than the current standard, so adding more insulation may save money in energy costs in the long run.
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