FAQ about Cost, Payback, & Process
The proper way to get a price
The right way to determine the cost to improve or repair your existing attic
insulation is to have a professional inspect your attic and put together an
estimate on what your home actually needs. We have outlined a process for
consumers to Shop for Retrofit Insulation.
Crew working on a retrofit job in Phoenix
We put together this existing home website for two reasons. First is we
wanted to educate consumers and about existing home insulation and Advanced
Insulation. The second is to level the playing field. Many consumers
tell us they want to make an “apples to apples” comparison in price, but aren’t
armed with the proper information to do so. See how do I evaluate attic
insulation? and then shop.
We know from firsthand experience that there are many attics that were
insulated incorrectly the first and second time. Think about it, most
consumers don’t or can’t inspect a retrofit job when a company is done. Most
consumers don’t appreciate how challenged the insulation industry is. For an
explanation as to why your home wasn’t insulated correctly in the first place,
visit the following section on this website: Why so house with problems?
What does it attic insulation cost?
We realize our potential customers would like to be able to create a budget
prior to committing to an insulation estimate. We provide some general guide
lines to make consumers make a determination about the approximate cost of
The cost of a job obviously depends on the extent of the problems and the
size of the house. In order to help consumers determine if blown in attic
insulation is something they can afford, we have provided this table and some
approximate guidelines for the cost of blowing in additional insulation.
This guide is for homes over 1000 square feet.
Amount or inches*
Approximate cost per square foot
$0.30 - $0.40
$0.40 - $0.50
$0.50 - $0.60
depths after settling for cellulose
** These prices also don’t work well for small homes or additions.
The actual cost of the job will be determined by a variety of factors
including where the attic access is located, the complexity of the house, how
tight the attic is. If we have to work on kneewalls and install missing
fiberglass batts the price per square will increase.
How competitive is Advanced Insulation?
Advanced Insulation’s pricing is competitive. Advanced Insulation does not
gouge customers – period. We were featured as a consumer advocate and
insulation expert on a Dateline NBC expose because we are considered to be both
honest and knowledgeable.
You can compare our prices against the price Home Depot’s posts on their
website. According the pricing they were posting in May 2008 and they’ll
sell you retrofit insulation at $0.99 a square foot.
How much can I save by putting more insulation in my attic?
A reasonable way to think about attic insulation and payback periods is this
way – “no problems, no savings.” Another way to phrase this is that if “you
know there are problems, you’ll know there are savings.” Many of the questions
that we are routinely asked can only be answered correctly after an attic is
thoroughly inspected. We can’t tell if you have a problem without having
performed an inspection.
Every house is like a puzzle and it is our job to figure if there are any
problems how a repair will impact the comfort level and your utility bill.
We are not interested in misleading consumers; this is why we’ve provided so
The potential for savings is different for every house. The bigger the
problems the greater the opportunity to help consumers reduce their energy
bills. If your house only has marginal insulation problems, you may not
benefit from additional insulation, and this is what Advanced Insulation will
tell you. We are not interested in selling consumers insulation if they don’t
At Advanced Insulation we are energy pragmatists – not energy purists. We
are interested in bringing value to our customers and this means solving
problems that have an impact on their level of comfort and utility bill. In
some cases we will tell customer that there are only minor issues that could be
repaired, but may not have the payback. Our intent is to arm people with
the best information, so they can make informed purchase decisions regarding
If I have Advanced Insulation repair my attic insulation how will we know if
the job is done correctly?
We have taken many measures to ensure that we deliver a quality job. Advanced Insulation pays its installers on an hourly basis and not a piece rate
basis. They are paid to take their time and do the job correctly. We
also have an extensive training program.
Advanced Insulation only spot checks retrofit attics. We cannot afford to
inspect every retrofit job because the pricing is so competitive. If you are
more comfortable with your salesman returning for an inspection, we are happy to
roll that into the bid. On complex jobs we often have a superintendent on the
job at the start and at the completion of the job. Link to our guarantee
If I choose to go with Advanced Insulation how long does a typical job take?
A typical 2000 square foot house takes us about three hours from the time we
start prepping until the time we complete cleaning up after the attic is
blown. If the attic access is in a closet, this will take additional time
to prep all the clothes with plastic so we don’t risk getting any dust on
Is there anything we need to do in advance of the job?
We don’t want the air handler on while we are blowing attic insulation. There is a chance we will have return leaks on the air distribution system that
could suck dust into the house when the attic is being blown. We also need
room to be able to set up a ladder at the attic access.