A common question from homeowners researching into spray foam insulation is “How much does spray foam insulation cost?” Much like buying a car, there are variable factors that can influence the final cost per square foot of a spray foam insulation installation. Below are four things to remember about the cost of spray foam insulation.
1. Spray Foam Type
What kind of spray foam insulation is being used? Does the project require closed-cell insulation or can open-cell spray foam insulation be used? Open-cell spray foam insulation is more cost effective than closed-cell and is equally as effective in residential and commercial projects in providing thermal comfort, air-sealing and moisture management.
How much material will be needed to complete the job? Consider that open cell spray can cover more surface area than closed cell spray foam insulation. This is due to the soft, sponge like texture that expands up to 100 times its initial volume while closed cell can expand between 40 and 60 times its initial size when applied; meaning more material is required to cover the space. The required thickness of the material, dictated by building code or area of the home, will also contribute to how much material is needed. Closed cell foam is ideal to reach required R-value in places where space is limited. Either type of foam will deliver high R-value and airtightness but space and building code will help determine which is the right one to choose. An XCELUS contractor can provide a FREE quote and recommendation on which type of foam to choose.
Remember to factor in the price of the spray foam contractor’s labor. Unlike painting, spray foam insulation is not a DIY project and requires a certified professional to apply the material throughout the building envelope. Investing in a certified spray foam contractor will also provide peace of mind. Contractors who spray XCELUS spray foam have comprehensive training in both the classroom and through practical experience to ensure their quality of work meets the XCELUS standard.
4. Location & Climate
Southern climates are different to northern climates and the cost of spray foam insulation will also be affected by the location of the building. Closed cell spray foam is typically used in areas prone to flooding (since closed cell is recognized by FEMA as a flood resistant material), while open cell is a great option for southern climates due to its ability to breathe. Also consider that regional building codes may guide what product is required and how much. Your XCELUS contractor can guide you in making the right decision.
One of the many advantages of installing spray foam insulation is the monthly savings on your heating and cooling bill. Your upfront investment can pay itself back in as little as 3 – 4 years. There are many factors involved in quoting a price for a spray foam installation and your contractor should be able to walk you through all the costs for your project. Always inquire about how much training your contractor has as some less expensive companies tend to also have less training. In spray foam – you really do get what you pay for.
To find out how much it will cost to install XCELUS spray foam insulation, contact us for a FREE quote from an XCELUS contractor near you.