Attic Insulation Removal Costs 2021
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Attic Insulation Removal Costs 2021

The average cost of attic insulation removal is $2,500. The cost range for attic insulation removal is around $1,000 while larger or more involved jobs with extra personal safety protection can cost $4,000 or more.  The cost for insulation removal depends on how big an attic you have and how much insulation is installed.  Call us to receive a quote for insulation removal in your attic or home in the Phoenix Valley.

The first step is finding out how much insulation removal will cost is to see if you have any asbestos in your attic or home.  Professionals can test your insulation to check for asbestos or vermiculite, which almost always has some level of asbestos.  Asbestos is a highly dangerous insulation type that was installed in homes built in the 1970’s.  It will cost more to remove your insulation if you have asbestos but it will ensure that your home is safer and won’t cause health problems.

Do I Need Insulation Removal?

Attic insulation removal is one of the most common places homeowners need.  While exterior walls need to have quality insulation the attic is the primary barrier from heat in your home during the summer.  If you have old blown in insulation, fiberglass insulation, damaged, or old insulation it needs to be removed and replaced.  We will professionally and carefully remove your old attic insulation and offer you today’s best attic insulation options.  From the high performance spray foam insulation option to radiant barriers and cellulose insulation we will find the best fit for your needs and budget.

Insulation Removal Due to Breakdown

Given the extreme heat we experience here in Phoenix, our roofing and insulation materials are put to the test. Given time, the materials wear down and aren’t as effective as they once were. Broken down insulation needs to be first removed and then replaced.

Insulation Removal Due to Sagging or Collapsed Ceilings

There are times, due to different reasons, that the structure of the building itself might begin to sag or entirely collapse. Clearly, in this situation, the insulation needs to be removed and replaced.

Insulation Removal Due to Smoke Damage

If you’ve had a fire in your home, the smoke from it can go into your attic and permeate your insulation with that terrible smoky odor. No one needs a reminder of such a traumatic event.

Insulation Removal for Upgraded Modern Insulation

If you’ve got old insulation or just a less effective insulation type, it can be removed and a more energy saving modern insulation solution can be installed in your attic and walls.

Insulation Removal Due to Infestation Contamination

Another risk is the possibility of animal infestation. Things like rats, mice, birds and even raccoons can find their way into attics. In addition to chewing wires, they leave their excrement and urine in the attic and in the insulation. Leaving insulation that has been contaminated with either mold or excrement/urine can cause respiratory and other serious problems.  We safely and completely remove this ruined insulation to make way for improved indoor air quality, new effective insulation in your home.

Insulation Removal Due to Water Damage

If your roof has been damaged by a storm, or a branch has fallen on it, water can be getting in. When that water sits on your insulation it causes mold. If that mold is left unattended it causes air quality problems and can cause serious health problems. Stachybotrys is a type of mold that can exist in attics and on insulation. This mold is very common according to the CDC and can cause a variety of conditions, from mild eye and lung irritation to more serious conditions like fever and shortness of breath.

Schedule Your Insulation Services Today!

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922.

Cheap Ways To Cool A Room
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Cheap Ways To Cool A Room 2021

It’s summertime and the temperatures just keep getting warmer. So if you need some cost-effective ways to keep a room in your house as cool as possible, this post should help!

In the long run, there are some changes you can make to your home of a more permanent nature. For example, insulated window films, planting trees and installing awnings can help to shield your home from the sun. But the best option is a radiant barrier. Barrier Insulation offers the finest quality radiant barriers that keep 97% of the radiant heat from the sun from entering the building or home. It reduces the amount of energy needed by the air conditioner to keep the house cool and can save you in excess of 15% on your energy bills. Contact us today to learn how you can enjoy a cooler house with a radiant barrier from Barrier Insulation.

  • Find out what side of your house is upwind from the prevailing breeze and what side is downwind. On the downwind aspect of your house open the top section of windows. On the aspect of the house that is upwind, open the bottom section of windows.
  • Consider wetting a sheet and hanging it over an open window in the way you would hang a curtain to produce a cool breeze and maybe add a box fan positioned so it faces out of another window to push our hot air.
  • To keep your bed nice and cool, if you lightly moisten your sheets and put them in a freezer before bedtime it will help you to cool off immensely.
  • Using your stove in summer time will make the whole house hotter, so why not use your grill and cook outdoors more often in the summer months?
  • To stay cool apply cold cloths to areas where you have a strong pulse. For example, your wrists and your neck and combine that with drinking ice-cold beverages and you can cool from the inside!
  • Use cotton sheets on your bed, they stay cool and breath easily. Think about making an investment in a buckwheat pillow. As their husks have air between them, they do not retain your body heat even when occupying the same pillow case.
  • Keeping your blinds permanently closes is said to lower indoor temperatures by around 20 degrees and reduce energy bills from 6 to 8 percent!
  • Ceiling fans need to be reset on a seasonal basis for maximum efficiency. In the summer you want them to turn in a counter-clockwise direction. This creates a wind-chill breeze helping to keep you cool.
  • Keep your bathroom fans turned on It pulls out the hot air following a shower from your apartment or home.
  • Incandescent lights probably waste more energy for their size because they give off so much heat than any other appliance in your home on a pound for pound basis. Replace them with compact fluorescent lamps and they will also save your money on your energy bill as well as helping to keep your home cooler.
  • Take a large fan and position a mixing bowl full of ice at an angle, the air will take off the top of the ice creating a nice cool mist!
  • Blackout curtains are fantastic at blocking out sunlight, if they are nacked with white plastic it is said they can reduce the gain of heat by up to one third.
  • You learned in science class that heat rises so think about sleeping in the basement or on the couch downstairs or moving your mattress to the floor as there may be a cooler airflow there.
  • During summer nights the temperature usually drops in most areas of the US. By slightly opening the windows before bedtime you can get some cooler air circulating. You may even be able to create a wind tunnel of sorts by using fans to create an ideal cross breeze effect.

Schedule Your Insulation Services Today!

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922.

Garage Insulation R Value
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How to Tell The Difference Between Cellulose and Asbestos Insulation

With asbestos still being used as a very commonly used fire retardant and a very popular insulator right until the end of the 1980’s. It was very versatile, affordable and it could be used in tiles and blow it with another material, vermiculite.

Differences Between Asbestos And Cellulose Insulation

Before we review the differences between asbestos and cellulose insulation, it is worth comprehending the properties regarding each of these materials.

Asbestos Insulation

Many people do not know that asbestos is, in fact, a natural mineral. asbestos is in general terms flexible and soft but also has great corrosion resistant and heat resistant properties. From the early 1950’s for a period of nearly forty years, the construction industry used asbestos as an insulator and fire retardant. When you view older buildings and houses, you will still find asbestos in drywall, tiles, tile grout and in the attic. That being said, so long as there are no damage or wall cavities exposing asbestos fibers in the living areas of the property, it is deemed to be safe. However, it becomes a very serious health hazard when asbestos particles become airborne and are able to reach the areas of the proeprty you occupy.

Cellulose Insulation

As an asbestos alternative, cellulose insulation is made from many different materials including cardboard, hemp, straw, newspaper, and many other different materials. When a paper-based cellulose mix is utilized by builders, it is treated with something called boric acid to give it fire resistance properties.

The two most common forms of cellulose insulation include dry cellulose and that is also known as loose-fill insulation. Builders will use a blower to blow the cellulose into the wall through holes. it can also be used to fill wall cavities. Wet spray cellulose is something builders use to apply to walls that have been newly constructed. The primary difference between dry cellulose and wet spray is that water is added during the spraying process. it provides a better seal for the prevention of heat loss.

Like asbestos, cellulose works well within pipes, walls and around wiring. it assists in both suppressing fires and both insulating your home. Cellulose also utilizes material that is recycled and that is a big advantage for owners of buildings looking to go green.

Differences

So now you understand the differences in the ingredients, they do look very similar when they are inspected. Although it is a different insulator, there are similar issues with vermiculite attic insulation as it is a very difficult proposition to see whether asbestos is contained within. The best thing to do is not to touch it but obtain the services of a professional to extract some samples and get a confirmation as to whether it contains asbestos. If asbestos is contained, you will want to seriously consider instituting a program of asbestos management or to completely remove the asbestos.

What To Do Next

When more than ten square feet of asbestos, you need the services of a professional abatement company. When you are handling larger projects, there is an extremely high risk of exposure and contamination not only to you but also those around you.

The professional contractor will quickly and safely remove the asbestos and with the set-up of barriers surrounding the work area to prevent tenants from coming into contact with asbestos. Reverse airflow will be used to keep the asbestos fibers from spreading. They will then wear equipment with special protective qualities and cleanse the area with HEPA filter vacuums and then properly dispose of the asbestos.

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922.

How Much Does it Cost to Insulate a House?
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Insulating A House Cost 2021

The cost to insulate a house depends on how much you plan to insulate.  For example the cost to insulate an attic ranges between about $330 and $2,400 with costs averaging around $1,375 for the US in 2021


There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as each house varies in size, condition, and whether there is already insulation.

The cost will depend on if it’s a new home your building or if an older home will need insulation removal before installation of new insulation.

Read below to get an idea of how much it may cost to insulate your house by insulation type.  Prices will vary depending on the brand and type of each insulation along with how much of the home needs to be insulated.


How Much Does it Cost to Insulate a House?

There are four main categories of insulation.  Each have their pros and cons and will have a different cost for the insulation materials and labor to install them.  The four main categories of insulation are;  fiberglass batt insulation, spray foam insulation, blown-in insulation, and radiant barrier insulation.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation Cost

The average insulation project usually involves about 500 square feet of insulation.  Cost for 500 feet range between $145 and $200.  For installation labor, fasteners, cutters, and tape it can run from about $170 to $420 dollars.

Fiberglass rolled insulation or batt insulation is one of the least expensive ways to insulate homes in the United States.  This is especially true if the wall or attic is open in new construction or during a remodel.  The cost of this insulation depends on the brand, type, if the insulation is boxed or comes in rolls, and the area that needs to be covered.

Batt insulation can be effective but only if it is installed carefully.  Any tears in the backing or gaps will throw away the value of the insulation.  Each roll will display an “R-value” which is a measurement of how well the insulation performs.  As high as that number is if the insulation isn’t installed correctly it will not be effective.

Spray Foam Insulation Cost

To calculate the cost of spray foam insulation you take the square feet x depth.  This gives you the “board feet” needed to complete your insulation project with spray foam. Then you can multiply that number against the cost per board foot for two options for spray foam insulation.  There are two options for spray foam, open and closed cell.

  • The cost of open cell spray foam is about $0.35 to $0.55 per board foot
  • The cost of closed cell spray foam is about $1.00 to $2.00 per board foot.

So if you have a 500 square foot area needing spray foam at 6 inches deep you’d need 3,000 board feet.  You can take that 3,000 board feet needed and multiply that against the price per board foot.  For 3,000 board feet of spray foam in a 500 square foot area at $0.35 the cost for materials would be about $1,050.  Rates for installation vary by company, for specific information about your home please get in touch with your local insulation contractor.

Spray foam insulation is popular for a number of reasons.  Firstly it has great thermal performance.  Secondly it seals up air gaps and leaks to keep your home more comfortable. This means that it solves two problems when installed and helps reduce energy bills.

Blown-In Insulation Cost

Blown-in insulation is popular due to how inexpensive the material is.  For a 1,500 square foot area you might only pay about $500 dollar for materials. This makes it an attractive option for DIY homeowners, however there is a learning curve to installing it correctly.  Trained professionals will help ensure your insulation is installed correctly and is the right investment for your home.  Rates vary from company to company and for the area you need insulation installed.  Contact your local insulation contractor to get specific information about what their labor rates will run for your home.

Radiant Barrier Insulation Costs

The cost to install radiant barrier insulation depends on it is boxed, rolled, brand, and type.  With that said costs for radiant barrier range between $0.15 and $0.30 per square foot. That means that for a 550 square foot attic you’d be looking at spending between $83 to $165.  Double sided radiant barrier is a bit more costly but more effective.  Professional installation of radiant barrier costs between $500 to $750.  So plan accordingly when budgeting for your insulation project.

Insulation Return On Investment

Whenever we spend money on our lives, homes, and hobbies these days we are concerned with the return on investment.  Investing in quality insulation which is installed correctly is a great way to get bang for your buck.  Quality insulation makes your home more energy efficient and improves the value of the home.  In addition, insulation just keeps your home more comfortable and reduces strain on your HVAC system.  This leads to reduced energy costs which add up to big savings!  So it does cost to install insulation, but the savings more than pay for your investment and keep saving you money on utility costs.

Phoenix Valley Insulation Contractors

If you’re searching for insulation contractors in the Phoenix Valley, we can help!  As one of the leading insulation installers we offer whichever type of insulation you prefer that fits your home and your budget best.  For more information about how much it would cost to get your home insulated please give us a call to discuss the size of your home, which areas you’d like to insulate, and what type of insulation will work best.

Call Today for more information at 602-499-2922

Spray Foam Insulation Costs
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How Much Does Spray Foam Insulation Cost 2021?

The average cost for spray foam insulation is $2,000 dollars based on a 1000 sq ft home. *These are not our actual costs. Contact Barrier Insulation to get an actual quote today. The cost for spray foam insulation installation is lower for smaller areas and higher for larger homes.  If you’re thinking about saving money by installing insulation, spray foam is one of the most popular and effective options.

Cost Of Spray Foam Insulation

The cost of spray foam insulation installation will also vary depending on if you’re planning to do your whole home, or just certain areas like the attic, exterior walls, or crawl space.  According to improvenet.com the average installation cost for spray foam insulation in the United States is $2,000. *These are not our actual costs. Contact Barrier Insulation to get an actual quote today. This cost includes many new build homes that don’t require insulation removal or any demolition to install new insulation.  For older homes that want to remove old insulation and install new spray foam insulation in the whole home, attic, walls, or crawl space the costs are higher.

Spray Foam Insulation Areas

There are various areas of your home or business that can benefit from the addition of spray foam insulation.  Spray foam insulation has the superior insulating properties like other insulators, But goes further to seal up air leaks.  This keeps your home more comfortable without  having to run the AC or heat all night and day.  The less you need your HVAC the more your save!

Attic Insulation

The attic is one of the primary areas that need to be insulated to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.  As heat hits your roofing it heats up and transfers the heat into your attic.  Spray foam insulation installed in your attic will slow the heat transfer, keep your attic cooler, and reduce strain on AC ducts running through the area.

Exterior Wall Insulation

The walls of your home whether it’s brand new or years old play a big role in your home’s comfort.  The sun heats them along with gaps and cracks allowing air to move through them to and from the outdoors.  Having spray foam added will make rooms more comfortable and help save you money!

Crawl Space

Crawl spaces are the hollow areas under some homes in the valley.  They exist to allow technicians like plumbers access under the home to do their work.  Installing spray foam in the crawl space will help keep floors more comfortable and seal up gaps and cracks that cause drafts in your home.

Whole Home

Homeowners wanting to get the maximum effect and savings from installing insulation choose to get their whole home insulated.  Spray foam is the premium and most effective insulation type for nearly all areas of your home.  It is best to be installed in new build or during remodeling that involves the tearing down of sheetrock and removal of old insulation.

Spray Foam Insulation Cost Factors

Every home and business is a different size, layout, age, and quality of construction.  This variety of conditions makes it impossible to give a “one-size-fits-all” cost for spray foam insulation.  Homes that are smaller cost less than bigger homes and projects that only have the attic insulated cost less than whole home spray foam insulation.

Area Being Insulated

The bigger the area being insulted, the more spray foam will be used, and the longer it will take a crew to properly install.  This has a direct correlation to the cost of the spray foam insulation installation project.

Type Of Spray Foam

There are two main types of spray foam insulation, open and closed cell.  Closed cell spray foam does have a higher insulation value, but also costs more.  Most homeowners choose to use open cell spray foam insulation.

Thickness Of Spray Foam Layer

The thicker the layer needed for your insulation project the more spray foam mixture will be needed.  The water blown product is mixed at the spray tip and comes from our truck.  The thicker the layer the most it will cost.

Brand Of Spray Foam

There are various brands of spray foam insulation.  Barrier Insulation proudly carries the top quality spray foam insulation brands.  We install the durable and long lasting Icynene spray foam insulation for our customers.

Material Being Sprayed Onto

Various types of material are either easier or harder to install spray foam insulation onto.  If spray foam is to be sprayed directly onto brick, vinyl, wood, or aluminum the prep and application may take more time which affects cost.

Receive A Free Spray Foam Insulation Quote In Phoenix

If you live in the Phoenix Valley and are considering spray foam insulation, Barrier Insulation can help! Barrier Insulation offers spray foam insulation installation in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe and more. As the leading spray foam insulation installer our team is dedicated to providing the best insulation installation, complete customer satisfaction, and meticulous application of your insulation.  To get your cost to install spray foam insulation at your home or business please visit our contact page, or give us a call at 602-499-2922.

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Identifying Asbestos Insulation

When it comes to asbestos, it rarely needs introduced at this point. The majority of homeowners need to be educated on the general danger of breathing and disturbing asbestos fiber. Older buildings and homes may have asbestos within products from hot water piping insulation to furnace insulation, even floor tiles. Typically, it is recommended to simply leave it as-is without disturbing it. Otherwise, hire a professional asbestos removal company.

However, there are loose-fill wall and attic insulation which can contain asbestos. If you’re insulation is the batt style insulation, as the loose fill insulation has the higher risk as it’s loosely poured into wall or joist cavities. You may also find thousands of loose particles within walls or under attic flooring. These are the insulation types that pose the most risk.

So, how do you identify if your attic insulation contains asbestos? Below we will discuss specifics about loose fill insulation which could contain asbestos.

Vermiculite Attic Insulation

Vermiculite attic insulation is the main source of concern with asbestos dangers, although asbestos is not in every brand. Vermiculite insulation alone is not dangerous, being a pellet style mineral, which expands with higher temperatures. In addition to building insulation, vermiculite is commonly used with gardening for loosening soil.

More specifically, vermiculite insulation which was mined in Montana by the Libby company is one to watch for. It was sold under the brand Zonolite, for about 70 years.

Because Zonolite had been contaminated with tremolite, it resulted in being a health hazard. Tremolite is similar to asbestos. About 70% of U.S. vermiculite attic insulation originated from the Libby mine, while 30% came from other sources.

Loose Fill Insulation Could Contain Asbestos If:

Your home was constructed prior to 1990. The Libby mine was closed down in 1990, meaning any homes that were built and/or remodeled prior to their closing date could have attic insulation containing asbestos. If your home was constructed after their closing date, it reduces the chance of asbestos containing insulation, but there’s still a chance overstock insulation was used a while after closing.

  • Zonolilte is often a silver-gold or gray-brown color, which is another way to identify the insulation particles.
  • Zonolite particles have an accordion style texture. This texture is the result of particles puffing due to heat.
  • Zonolite will lay flat against a joist cavity, and remain firm. Loose fill fiberglass often fluffs and appears more like a snow drift.
  • Zonolite is a lightweight mineral, and reacts with high temperatures that result in puffing particles.

Is Loose Fill Soft, Gray and Lack Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely cellulose insulation, which contains a higher amount of recycled paper, without minerals. A closer inspection indicates this gray puffy material has no minerals, but appears like gray shredded paper. This means cellulose insulation does not contain asbestos and is a safe insulation, blown into the cavities.

Is Loose Fill Fluffy and White, With Some Shine?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely fiberglass fill. Due to being a byproduct of glass, it has some shine in light. The texture is fluffy, similar to that of cotton candy. When it comes to breathing, fiberglass can be annoying, and known to cause cancer.

Is Loose Fill Puffy, Gray and Fibrous?

If this sounds like what you have, it is likely rock wool, a mineral based loose fill. It is commonly found in fiber bundles, with a cotton style look. Rock wool comes in brownish white, off white, or white. Rock wool insulation is fabricated from belted basaltic rock and dolomite, with binders being added. Raw materials get exposed to temperatures up to 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit, making it melt. Then, fibers are spun from the molten material. It is common for rock wool to be found as a woven insulation batt or loose insulation. Similar to fiberglass, it should be handled carefully, but rock wool is not known to cause cancer.

What To Do If I Suspect Zonolite Vermiculite Insulation?

If you have loose fill insulation in your wall or attic that fits the visual aspects above, you can verify if it contains asbestos with a DIY asbestos testing kit. If you would prefer not to be around the insulation, to be on the safe side a commercial firm can be hired for testing insulation for asbestos. Generally, DIY kits can be purchased under $50, which may be a cheaper route.

In the event you find your insulation contains asbestos, it is best to locate an abatement company that has professional experience in handling asbestos removal, and never disturb the insulation. Although, asbestos removal is expensive, but if left it could cause many health issues for you and/or your family.

Phoenix Insulation Contractor Service

We are happy to provide all of the most popular and effective insulation options to Phoenix Valley homeowners and businesses.  We welcome you to discuss your property’s needs with us and allow us to find an option that’ll fit your budget.

Call to find out more about insulation installed 602-499-2922

How Much Does it Cost to Insulate a House?
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How Much Does it Cost to Insulate a House 2020

The cost to insulate a house depends on how much you plan to insulate.  For example the cost to insulate an attic ranges between about $330 and $2,400 with costs averaging around $1,375 for the US in 2020.


There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as each house varies in size, condition, and whether there is already insulation.

The cost will depend on if it’s a new home your building or if an older home will need insulation removal before installation of new insulation.

Read below to get an idea of how much it may cost to insulate your house by insulation type.  Prices will vary depending on the brand and type of each insulation along with how much of the home needs to be insulated.


How Much Does it Cost to Insulate a House?

There are four main categories of insulation.  Each have their pros and cons and will have a different cost for the insulation materials and labor to install them.  The four main categories of insulation are;  fiberglass batt insulation, spray foam insulation, blown-in insulation, and radiant barrier insulation.

Fiberglass Batt Insulation Cost

The average insulation project usually involves about 500 square feet of insulation.  Cost for 500 feet range between $145 and $200.  For installation labor, fasteners, cutters, and tape it can run from about $170 to $420 dollars.

Fiberglass rolled insulation or batt insulation is one of the least expensive ways to insulate homes in the United States.  This is especially true if the wall or attic is open in new construction or during a remodel.  The cost of this insulation depends on the brand, type, if the insulation is boxed or comes in rolls, and the area that needs to be covered.

Batt insulation can be effective but only if it is installed carefully.  Any tears in the backing or gaps will throw away the value of the insulation.  Each roll will display an “R-value” which is a measurement of how well the insulation performs.  As high as that number is if the insulation isn’t installed correctly it will not be effective.

Spray Foam Insulation Cost

To calculate the cost of spray foam insulation you take the square feet x depth.  This gives you the “board feet” needed to complete your insulation project with spray foam. Then you can multiply that number against the cost per board foot for two options for spray foam insulation.  There are two options for spray foam, open and closed cell.

  • The cost of open cell spray foam is about $0.35 to $0.55 per board foot
  • The cost of closed cell spray foam is about $1.00 to $2.00 per board foot.

So if you have a 500 square foot area needing spray foam at 6 inches deep you’d need 3,000 board feet.  You can take that 3,000 board feet needed and multiply that against the price per board foot.  For 3,000 board feet of spray foam in a 500 square foot area at $0.35 the cost for materials would be about $1,050.  Rates for installation vary by company, for specific information about your home please get in touch with your local insulation contractor.

Spray foam insulation is popular for a number of reasons.  Firstly it has great thermal performance.  Secondly it seals up air gaps and leaks to keep your home more comfortable. This means that it solves two problems when installed and helps reduce energy bills.

Blown-In Insulation Cost

Blown-in insulation is popular due to how inexpensive the material is.  For a 1,500 square foot area you might only pay about $500 dollar for materials. This makes it an attractive option for DIY homeowners, however there is a learning curve to installing it correctly.  Trained professionals will help ensure your insulation is installed correctly and is the right investment for your home.  Rates vary from company to company and for the area you need insulation installed.  Contact your local insulation contractor to get specific information about what their labor rates will run for your home.

Radiant Barrier Insulation Costs

The cost to install radiant barrier insulation depends on it is boxed, rolled, brand, and type.  With that said costs for radiant barrier range between $0.15 and $0.30 per square foot. That means that for a 550 square foot attic you’d be looking at spending between $83 to $165.  Double sided radiant barrier is a bit more costly but more effective.  Professional installation of radiant barrier costs between $500 to $750.  So plan accordingly when budgeting for your insulation project.

Insulation Return On Investment

Whenever we spend money on our lives, homes, and hobbies these days we are concerned with the return on investment.  Investing in quality insulation which is installed correctly is a great way to get bang for your buck.  Quality insulation makes your home more energy efficient and improves the value of the home.  In addition, insulation just keeps your home more comfortable and reduces strain on your HVAC system.  This leads to reduced energy costs which add up to big savings!  So it does cost to install insulation, but the savings more than pay for your investment and keep saving you money on utility costs.

Phoenix Valley Insulation Contractors

If you’re searching for insulation contractors in the Phoenix Valley, we can help!  As one of the leading insulation installers we offer whichever type of insulation you prefer that fits your home and your budget best.  For more information about how much it would cost to get your home insulated please give us a call to discuss the size of your home, which areas you’d like to insulate, and what type of insulation will work best.

Call Today for more information at 602-499-2922

Written by Barrier Insulation Inc

The Difference Between Cellulose and Asbestos Insulation

With asbestos still being used as a very commonly used fire retardant and a very popular insulator right until the end of the 1980’s. It was very versatile, affordable and it could be used in tiles and blow it with another material, vermiculite.

Differences Between Asbestos And Cellulose Insulation

Before we review the differences between asbestos and cellulose insulation, it is worth comprehending the properties regarding each of these materials.

Asbestos Insulation

Many people do not know that asbestos is, in fact, a natural mineral. asbestos is in general terms flexible and soft but also has great corrosion resistant and heat resistant properties. From the early 1950’s for a period of nearly forty years, the construction industry used asbestos as an insulator and fire retardant. When you view older buildings and houses, you will still find asbestos in drywall, tiles, tile grout and in the attic. That being said, so long as there are no damage or wall cavities exposing asbestos fibers in the living areas of the property, it is deemed to be safe. However, it becomes a very serious health hazard when asbestos particles become airborne and are able to reach the areas of the proeprty you occupy.

Cellulose Insulation

As an asbestos alternative, cellulose insulation is made from many different materials including cardboard, hemp, straw, newspaper, and many other different materials. When a paper-based cellulose mix is utilized by builders, it is treated with something called boric acid to give it fire resistance properties.

The two most common forms of cellulose insulation include dry cellulose and that is also known as loose-fill insulation. Builders will use a blower to blow the cellulose into the wall through holes. it can also be used to fill wall cavities. Wet spray cellulose is something builders use to apply to walls that have been newly constructed. The primary difference between dry cellulose and wet spray is that water is added during the sprying process. it provides a better seal for the prevention of heat loss.

Like asbestos, cellulose works well within pipes, walls and around wiring. it assists in both suppressing fires and both insulating your home. Cellulose also utilizes material that is recycled and that is a big advantage for owners of buildings looking to go green.

Differences

So now you understand the differences in the ingredients, they do look very similar when they are inspected. Although it is a different insulator, there are similar issues with vermiculite attic insulation as it is a very difficult proposition to see whether asbestos is contained within. The best thing to do is not to touch it but obtain the services of a professional to extract some samples and get a confirmation as to whether it contains asbestos. If asbestos is contained, you will want to seriously consider instituting a program of asbestos management or to completely remove the asbestos.

What To Do Next

When more than ten square feet of asbestos, you need the services of a professional abatement company. When you are handling larger projects, there is an extremely high risk of exposure and contamination not only to you but also those around you.

The professional contractor will quickly and safely remove the asbestos and with the set-up of barriers surrounding the work area to prevent tenants from coming into contact with asbestos. Reverse airflow will be used to keep the asbestos fibers from spreading. They will then wear equipment with special protective qualities and cleanse the area with HEPA filter vacuums and then properly dispose of the asbestos.

Phoenix Insulation Contractor Service

Whether you prefer cellulose insulation or fiberglass insulation our team here at Barrier Insulation will help you keep your home more comfortable and energy costs down.  We are happy to provide all of the most popular and effective insulation options to Phoenix Valley homeowners and businesses.  We welcome you to discuss your property’s needs with us and allow us to find an option that’ll fit your budget.

Call to find out more about insulation installed 602-499-2922

Garage Insulation R Value
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Does Fiberglass Insulation Need To Be Covered?

Does fiberglass insulation need to be covered, or is it safe to leave it exposed? The answer depends on how you use the space where the exposed fiberglass is located. You often see that homes have exposed fiberglass insulation in the basement or attic. Pink, fluffy batts wedged tightly between studs, rafters, and joists insulate the space against exterior temperature changes Read on to learn more!

Fiberglass Insulation In Spaces That Are Unoccupied

Builders leaving fiberglass insulation exposed are in compliance with building codes because as long as the insulation is undisturbed. The American Lung Association agrees. This means if your attic or basement with exposed fiberglass insulation is used for storage only, there’s no need to change anything.

Exposed Fiberglass Insulation In Occupied Spaces

What if the previous owner of your new home used the unfinished basement for storage, but you want to convert it into a gym or playroom? In this case, even if you don’t plan on completely finishing the basement, you should cover the exposed fiberglass insulation for safety reasons, including disturbing fiberglass insulation can send particles into the air that act as lung, eye, and skin irritants and children playing around exposed fiberglass insulation may touch or even eat it, which can be a serious risk to their health.

Covering Fiberglass Insulation

If you decide to cover fiberglass in an occupied living space, make sure you choose a permeable barrier that won’t trap moisture. This allows your home to breathe more easily and helps prevent mold growth. Suggestions for covering exposed insulation include working with an insulation expert to ensure safe, code-compliant results, installing plywood flooring over the floor, installing sheetrock or paneling over the walls and sealing the insulation by stapling a polymembrane sheet on top of it.

Source: https://www.ibptampa.com/blog/covered-fiberglass-insulation

Barrier Insulation Offers Garage Insulation Services In Phoenix.

Barrier Insulation Inc. is provider of top-quality insulation in Phoenix, including blow in insulation, spray foam insulation, rolled batt insulation and more. Trust your insulation installation to the professionals at Barrier Insulation Inc. knowing your house will be optimized with the finest quality insulation in the marketplace.

If you are building a new home, or probably just need to remove the old insulation and install new more energy efficient insulation. We proudly offer the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you save on energy stay comfortable. Give us a call at 602-499-2922.

What's A BTU (British Thermal Unit)
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What’s A BTU (British Thermal Unit)

A BTU is a British Thermal Unit. It’s a unit of measure like a calorie or a joule, but it’s an English unit. Like using yard instead of meter, we use BTU instead of calorie. Read on to learn more.

What Do They Mean To me?

A single BTU is equal to the energy released by burning a match. The more BTU’s you use, the more energy is consumed and the more it costs on your bill. By comparing BTU ratings, we can buy efficient products that can do the same job but “waste” fewer BTU. You will need to select a furnace or AC for your home depending on the size and type of home you have, because it will need to be able to produce enough BTUs to cool and heat your home properly. Carrier states:

“Once an HVAC pro has calculated the BTUs per hour (BTUH) needed for your home, he or she selects your furnace size or AC size,” says Keith. “For AC, we use both BTUH and ‘tons’ of air conditioning. One ton equals 12,000 BTUs, so a three-ton air conditioner would have a nominal capacity of 36,000 BTUH.”

In this case, ‘ton’ doesn’t mean the actual weight of the air conditioner. The term “ton” actually comes from the origins of refrigeration when ice had to be made for food storage.

“An air conditioning system is a refrigeration system, one designed for human comfort instead of food preservation,” he says. “It takes 12,000 BTUs to make one ton of ice, hence one ‘ton’ equals 12,000 BTUH.”

Schedule Your Insulation Services Today!

Whether you are building a new house, or just need to remove the old insulation and install a newer more energy efficient option Barrier Insulation is Phoenix’s first choice in home and commercial insulation. We proudly provide the valley’s more comprehensive insulation service that helps you stay more comfortable and save on energy. Click here to schedule on our website, or just give us a call at 602-499-2922.

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