How Long Will It Take to Insulate My Home?

March 3, 2016

You tell your kids as they sit in front of the TV watching their favorite scary shows: “Hey, be grateful! You got four walls and a roof over your head.”

The truth is those four walls and that roof might not do a bit of good if it’s cold outside (or you’ve been watching The Walking Dead for 12 hours straight). That is, if the four walls and the roof don’t have adequate home insulation.

And sometimes – as in extremely cold weather or while contemplating the prospects of scary, slimy creatures scratching at your four walls – you’re in a hurry. So you frantically call your home insulation installer and, trying to contain your hysteria, rapidly ask: How long will it take to insulate my home?

While we at Capitol Machine, your online experts in all things home insulation installation related, may not rank stopping zombies as one of homeowners’ top priorities, we do adamantly believe a well-protected home – insulation wise – provides countless benefits, including significantly reduced utility bills, elimination of room-to-room temperature fluctuation and a greater sense of sound proofing. (Sound proofing may rank high for the fretful few worried those scary creatures outside might detect noise coming from within.)

Home Insulation Installation Project Duration Varies

Home insulation installation experts say projects generally vary in length and depend on several factors, such as whether the work is a home under construction or you’re adding insulation to an existing structure.

The short answer, for the zombie minded, is it takes two to three days to spray foam a 3,000-square-foot home. That’s not good news for those in a hurry and looking for the highest quality and longest lasting insulation in the industry. Blown-in insulation is far superior and takes more than half the time. We’re talking a few hours.

Here’s why spray foam is the wrong path to take for warmth, safety and longevity:

  • Spray foam doesn’t provide adequate overall thickness levels. Spray installers can’t ensure spaces are thoroughly filled.
  • Spray installers can’t prevent air leaks (and, therefore, good sound proofing). Spray foam installers only create sufficient fill levels in areas to which they apply their product. If it’s a quick job and installers miss a spot or area, it remains vacant.
  • Spray foam installers’ area of expertise is limited. They are not architects, builders or engineers. They cannot see to fill vacant gaps, a problem blown in insulation doesn’t have.
  • Spray foam is wonderful if mixed to perfection. But if one compound in a batch is off or the temperature at a work site is too cold or hot, you’re going to have a problem later.

Blown-in insulation is the best word.

Blown-In Insulation remains the reigning champion in the industry, able to put the chill on chilly temperatures and to keep persistent zombies at bay. Here’s why:

  • Blown-in Insulation is super efficient. Studies show it performs at least 22 percent better than other forms.
  • It’s easy to install. A couple of good installers can do a whole house in several hours.
  • It’s a great investment. Homeowners can save hundreds of dollars per year in lower utility bills.


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