Insulation does a lot of good in homes and offices. It keeps out the heat, cold and humidity. But getting it right can be expensive. Fortunately, there are plenty of options when it comes to this type of home or office insulation.
The first type is drywall and it’s the wall insulation that most people think of when they hear the term. Most people prefer drywall because it’s less messy than foam or cellulose-based products. Drywall comes in rolls that can be rolled up and then bent to fit into corners or simply placed over gaps in the walls.
Foam insulation costs less than drywall but it’s much more durable. In addition, it can’t be rolled up or compressed like drywall. Also, it can get messy if you want to air it out after it’s cured or has mould growing on it.
One of the best guides to selecting insulation is in the Insulation Cost Guide by Niels Holmstrom. Holmstrom lays out a step-by-step process for making the choice of insulation for your home or office. He gives lots of examples of why it makes sense to use one type over another.
An architectural radiant barrier is a variation of wall insulation that has two layers of foil sandwiched between two layers of fibreglass or cloth. It protects your walls from the direct heat of the sun but it’s also highly absorbent. The fibres break down over time and the wall becomes hot, damp and must be cleaned more often.
If you choose the more expensive kind of this type of insulation, like the architectural radiant barrier, you’ll have to replace it every three years. If you choose the less expensive kind, like cellulose-based foam, you’ll have to replace it once a year. The choice is yours.
Moisture control is generally applied to ceilings and walls where moisture builds up over time. It’s also used in attics and under basements where dampness is an issue. This kind of insulation may also be used on the inside of doors and windows.
One of the best ways to make a good insulation choice is to look at the numbers. Remember that there are two types of cost estimates, flat rate, and contract rate. If you’re planning to use electrical wiring, you’ll probably need a contractor to install it so the contractor can quote you a contract rate.
The contractor will probably charge a flat rate, which basically means that you’ll pay the contractor for the cost of the material and the labour of installing it. Contractors will often also quote a contract rate. This means that you’ll pay the cost of the materials only and the contractor won’t charge you for the labour.
Before you hire different contractors to install your insulation, find out what their rates are. Compare them and make sure you’re paying the right amount for the right insulation. You might think the right contractor will charge a lot more than the one you see quoted at the local home improvement store, but he or she could be quoting you a contract rate.
Lastly, find out about your contractor’s pricing. Is it competitive? Do you know how much it will cost to get your project completed?