By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Today's high cost of energy is leading many homeowners to take a new interest in their attic insulation. Adding blow-in insulation is an easy do-it-yourself project that can prevent your attic from acting like a sieve for your heating and cooling dollars. The job requires common sense skills and a blower tool you can borrow from the retailer where you buy the insulation. If you want to hire someone for the work, you'll find insulation contractors listed online by using a search engine to find an online contractor referral web site. No matter who does it, buttoning up the attic with additional insulation is a job worth doing.
An insulation contractor will charge $1,386 to blow insulation into an 1200-square foot open attic area with 12-inch deep coverage. This includes the labor and material. A handy homeowner who is agile and can easily climb around the unfinished area of an attic can do the job for $975, the cost to insulate the attic with insulation, and pocket a nice 29 percent saving. Before you choose a retailer to buy the bags of insulation, make sure they offer a blowing machine to their customers. Most of them require a deposit, which is returned when you return the machine. You will also need a good respirator and old clothes to protect you from the insulation dust.
Weather-wise plan this project for the spring or fall when attic temperatures are temperate. Don’t schedule the job in the summer months, when it’s too hot to work in a hot confined area.
Types of Insulation are explained here by Energy.gov.
The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to blow in attic insulation with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.