Insulation FAQs in Saint Louis, MO

Explore our detailed FAQ section to discover more about Foam Co’s professional insulation services. Here, you’ll find comprehensive insights into our range of offerings including blow-in insulation, batt & roll, spray foam, dense pack, and mineral wool insulation. As leading insulation contractors, we serve St. Louis, MO, St. Peters, MO, and Jackson, MO, dedicated to improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.

Dive into the FAQs to see how our professional insulation services can help optimize your space and cut down on energy costs.

How often does insulation need to be replaced?

Insulation typically lasts 10 to 15 years, but it requires regular checks for optimal performance. The exact lifespan depends on the insulation type, quality, and your home conditions.

Will insulation installation save me money on energy bills?

Yes, correct insulation can reduce energy bills by making your home more energy-efficient. The savings depend on the insulation type, amount, your local climate, and your HVAC system’s efficiency. The EPA suggests that insulation and air sealing can cut home energy costs by about 15%.

What insulation types does Foam Co offer?

Foam Co provides a comprehensive range of insulation types, including Batt Roll Insulation, Dense Pack Insulation, Blow-In Insulation, and Spray Foam Insulation. You can find more details on each type on our Product page.

How do I choose the right insulation type for my home?

The choice depends on the space you’re insulating. Code for many Zone 4 climates recommends at least R-13 in walls and R-38 in the attic. However, adding air sealing and increasing the R-Value can offer better value. To make the best decision, consider scheduling a free home health visit with us.

How does insulation work?

Insulation works by slowing the flow of heat, which naturally moves from warmer to cooler areas. By reducing heat flow, your heating or cooling systems work less, maintaining desired temperatures more efficiently and saving you money.

How much insulation should be installed in my home?

The required insulation amount varies by location, climate zone, and your home’s age. Missouri falls under Climate Zone 4, bordering Zone 5, on a scale of 1 (like southern Florida) to 7 (like northern US or Canada). The higher the zone, the higher the necessary R-value. Older homes generally need more insulation. At Foam Co., we strive to get the R-value up to R49, which is far superior to what the rest of our competition and home builders do.

How long will insulation installation take?

Generally, insulation installation is completed in one day, but the timeline can vary based on the size of the space being insulated. Be sure to contact us at 314.463.0888 to describe the size of your home and the space that you would like to address and we can schedule a complimentary consultation to fully educate you on the process.

What is the average cost of your service?

We prioritize transparency and affordability. The cost of our professional insulation services can vary significantly depending on your home’s specific needs and the type of insulation chosen. For an accurate estimate, consider scheduling a free home health visit with us.

Is spray foam insulation better?

Spray foam insulation has its benefits, but the “best” insulation depends on your specific needs. Each type has unique properties suitable for different applications. Learn more about spray foam versus other insulation types on our Products page.

How do I know if my insulation should be replaced?

Signs your insulation may need replacing include inconsistent room temperatures, unusually high energy bills, if the insulation was only installed to minimum code, or if it’s over 10 years old.

Where do I need insulation in my home?

The attic is crucial for insulation installation because heat rises. Additionally, air-sealing all cracks and exposures is essential to prevent heat loss. Schedule a free home health visit to check your home’s insulation needs.

Are there any incentives or rebates for installing insulation?

Yes, installing insulation might qualify you for government incentives, tax credits, or utility rebates. You could receive up to 30% of the cost back, up to $1,200, but this doesn’t cover installation costs. Eligible products include typical bulk insulation and products that reduce air leaks, given they have a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement. This can make insulation one of the most cost-effective home improvements.

Can insulation reduce noise transmission?

Absolutely, certain soundproof insulation types can lessen noise transmission between rooms or from outdoors by absorbing sound waves, contributing to a more comfortable living environment.

What questions should I ask my builder?
  1. What type of insulation do you use? – Find out whether the builder uses fiberglass insulation, spray foam insulation, cellulose insulation, or mineral wool insulation. Each has its advantages:
    Fiberglass insulation is cost-effective and non-flammable, spray foam offers a high R-value and creates an air seal, cellulose insulation is eco-friendly and good for soundproofing, and mineral wool insulation is fire-resistant and suitable for thermal insulation.
  2. What is the R-Value of insulation? – The R-value measures the insulation’s thermal resistance. Higher R-values, often found in spray foam insulation, mean better insulating effectiveness, translating into better energy efficiency.
  3. How do you ensure proper insulation installation? – Proper insulation installation is crucial. Builders should follow manufacturer guidelines, paying special attention to corners and joists, and ensuring there are no gaps or compressions. 
  4. What measures are taken for energy efficiency? – Insulation installation can significantly reduce energy consumption, but it must be part of a comprehensive approach that includes air sealing,  energy-efficient windows, and efficient HVAC systems.
  5. How do you insulate key areas like attics and basements? – These areas often need specific insulation strategies. Attics may benefit from loose-fill insulation that can be easily installed around obstructions, while basements may require insulation that serves as a vapor barrier. 
  6. How does insulation control moisture? – Insulation can help prevent moisture problems with a good vapor barrier and adequate ventilation. Spray foam insulation can  act as a moisture barrier.
  7. How long will my insulation last? –  When properly installed and protected, most insulation can last 10-15 years. However, cellulose insulation might settle over time, and moisture can damage fiberglass insulation.
  8. What green or eco friendly insulation options do you offer? – Options like cellulose insulation, made from recycled newsprint, or sheep’s wool are eco-friendly. Spray foam insulation can have low VOC emissions.
  9. Does insulation provide soundproofing? – Insulation materials like cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation are good for soundproofing. Spray foam insulation can also reduce noise transmission thanks to its air-sealing properties.
  10. How does insulation contribute to indoor air quality? – Proper insulation and air sealing can prevent outdoor pollutants from entering the home. Certain insulation types, like low-VOC spray foam insulations, can contribute to better indoor air quality by minimizing the risk of mold growth.
How are the rim joists being insulated?

While code usually suggests wrapping rim joists with fiberglass insulation, we recommend air-sealing them with foam insulation for enhanced effectiveness.

Is the home's insulation being done to Code only?

If it’s to Code, you might want to consider options to increase it to Missouri’s Zone 4 level and the R-value of R49. During our free consultation, we assess your property and advise on enhancing your home’s air quality and reducing strain on costly appliances like HVAC and furnace systems.