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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does insulation cost?

The cost of insulation will vary significantly, with prices as high as $2,800. However, homeowners spend an average of $350 for insulation installation and upgrades (keep in mind this average cost includes small and big spaces). 

The actual cost you pay will depend on a number of factors, including where you live, the total square footage of your space, the cost of labor and any preparation and cleanup work needed to complete the job. The type of insulation is one of the biggest factors. Contact insulation contractors near you to get price estimates.

What are the advantages of insulating a house?

Insulating your home has many benefits and is worth the time, energy and money. Here’s why:

  • Insulation reduces energy and heating costs.
  • Less energy consumption also results in a reduction of pollutant emissions.
  • Insulation prevents condensation from moisture and stark temperature differentials.
  • And it reduces noise from passing through the walls.

How do I hire someone to insulate my home?

The best way to hire someone to insulate your home is by searching for contractors near you online or using the Thumbtack app. Start by entering your zip code to find a list of top-rated insulation contractors in your area. Then, whittle down the search results by customer ratings and reviews. Pay special attention to the positive (and negative) reviews, and check out the contractors’ photos — these can give you an idea of the contractors’ quality of work on past insulation projects. 

Also, check licensing requirements in your state and ensure that whoever you work with has a license (if needed). The final step is reaching out to at least three or more contractors to receive cost estimates and compare bids.

What is insulation?

Insulation is a material that slows or inhibits heat flow from one area to another. It can take many forms. A common type is fiberglass or mineral wool (aka rock wool and sag wool). Another is cellulose insulation, an environmentally friendly option that is blown into wall cavities. Sprayed foam insulation is a go-to option if you need to add insulation to existing areas and around obstructions.

What are some common types of insulation?

There are several common types of insulation, including:

  • Batts and rolls, which are usually made from fiberglass or mineral wool and can be placed between wall studs and ceiling/floor joists.
  • Concrete block insulation, which protects the outside of concrete walls from significant heat loss.
  • Blown-in insulation, which is made from fiberglass, cellulose or mineral wool and can fill in irregularly shaped areas.
  • Spray foam, which has a high R-value and is great at stopping air from leaking through holes and cracks. 

If you’re not sure which type of insulation you should install in your home, an insulation contractor can help you decide.

Can insulation be added to existing walls?

It can be difficult to add insulation to existing walls, but it’s not impossible. If you’re finishing your basement or adding siding to your house, you might want to add new insulation to the existing wall. Contact an insulation contractor to find out what your walls require — and how much it will cost.

What are the signs I need new insulation?

There are several signs you might need new insulation. For example, you may need to upgrade your insulation if:

  • Your electricity, heating and cooling bills continue to rise.
  • An auditor notes during your whole-house energy assessment that you need insulation in certain areas.
  • Your rooms have uneven (and uncomfortable) temperatures.
  • Drafts of cold air are entering your house.
  • You’re having moisture, mold or mildew issues.

If you think your home might be under-insulated or it’s time for some better insulation, hire an insulation contractor 
near you

Can you put insulation over existing insulation?

There are many cases in which it is acceptable to place new insulation over old insulation. The main instance in which you shouldn’t place new insulation over old insulation is when the old insulation is wet or decayed. Also, keep in mind where the vapor barrier is. If there is a layer of vapor barrier between the new and old insulation, it can trap moisture and lead to mold growth. 

If you're not experienced in insulation installation, hire an insulation contractor near you to take on this job.

What is r-value insulation?

R-value — or thermal resistance value — is a measure of any surface or material’s resistance to heat flow. The greater the R-value, the more insulation the material provides. R-value depends on the thickness, density and type of insulation, as well as the moisture accumulation, age and temperature. 

What areas should I insulate in my home?

There are several absolutely critical parts of your home you should insulate to save on energy costs, retain heat, reduce noise and protect your pipes and ductwork. The first is the attic and roof. Because heat rises, it will naturally tend to escape through the top of a house. Insulating the attic or roof can prevent heat loss. Insulating the walls is next on the list. You can also insulate your flooring, crawlspace and basement. 

To find someone to help you insulate these areas in your home, start searching for insulation contractors near you on Thumbtack.

Reviews for Golden Valley insulation contractors
Olivia T.
I cannot say enough amazing things about Chad and his team. Amazing service. Amazing value. And we’ve definitely noticed the benefits of our now-insulated attic. Thank you Home Seal Insulation for a fantastic experience all around.
Home Seal InsulationHome Seal Insulation
Bradley K.
I called Josh for a bid on day 1 on Day 2 Josh gave me a bid and on Day 3 he provided me with an insulation upgrade. I would recommend Josh without qualification. First class service in every respect. Terrific insulation contractor and gentleman. Brad Kragness, Richfield, MN
Element InsulationElement Insulation
George Y.
I don't think I could have found a better contractor. Highly recommend Bret for any insulation project
Aldrich InsulationAldrich Insulation
Nikki M.
Had a great experience working with Josh and his crew. Professional, easy to get a hold of, and did a good job with the insulation for an affordable price.
Element InsulationElement Insulation
Kendra O.
We were very pleased with Rueben and his work adding insulation into our attic. He was timely & affordable. Would definitely recommend him.
Micron MechanicalMicron Mechanical
Nicole J.
5 out of 5 highly recommend, wonderful service! I contacted Element about a job and Josh came out the same day to take a look and let me know the costs. Two hours later, I had an estimate! And his estimate was significantly lower than a few others. But that’s not the only reason why I chose to go with him. He was friendly, took time to listen to me and answer my questions, didn’t make me feel stupid, and didn’t pressure me in any way. When I accepted, he scheduled us for two days later. The crew was on the dot on time in the morning. They were patient as I had an electrician there doing work, and worked around him. I covered the furniture in the room with attic access, and after they left I couldn’t find any trace that work was done. They even vacuumed the hallway twice. Absolutely no mess. Josh also did a quick fix for something unrelated to insulation which I really appreciated, it saved me a service call! The crew was also really conscious with wearing a mask which I appreciated, and were super nice asking before looking in closets, closing windows, etc. The price exactly matched the estimate, no surprises. Reliable, nice, professional, clean. What more could you ask for? Hire them!
Element InsulationElement Insulation
Josh V.
Any time you seek out work to be done on your own home, you hope to find the best company. I ended up getting bids from a few companies to insulate my 1&1/2 story attic space. Chad was the first to get back to me with a thorough coverage bid, so fast I had to wait days for others. As soon as I met him I knew he was credible and trustworthy so we booked it. Fast forward to install day, Chad as his team showed up right on time, reiterated the work that was going to be done and got to it. I had a last minute additional request around some new electrical that has been done days prior and without skipping a beat came up with a solution that exceeded my expectations. Beyond doing great work, what stood out to me is how much they enjoy what they do. Great companies employ great people. We sought out to accomplish some work on our home, but Home Seal gave us much more. Referring them to all of our friends and family. Last few noteworthy details: Less than 24 hours after the install, we had to turn down our thermostat because it retains heat so much better than before. Home Seal owns their own equipment, others we bid with had to rent it to perform the work which increased their price. Not a drop of mess was left, inside or out.
Home Seal InsulationHome Seal Insulation
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