Insulation Services in Denver, CO

Insulation Options

You may be surprised at all the insulation options available for your home. Insulation installation is an important consideration. It makes all the difference in the comfort of your living space, so you want to consult with a qualified professional to help you choose the products and services that best suit your home.

Blown-in Fiberglass Insulation

This efficient insulation method works well in any space and easily fits around the existing features of your home. We install blown-in insulation in House attics, Garage attics, Walls, Floors, ceilings, and more. 

Blown-in insulation is a good choice for existing homes because your installer can add it without tearing out drywall or doing any major damage to walls. 

It’s also handy for filling in open spaces and gaps to improve energy efficiency and keep cold air out in the Winter and cool down the thermal mass temperatures in the Summer. In addition, blown-in insulation is often used for soundproofing to keep street noise outside.

Batt Insulation

Batt insulation can help insulate your home from the floors to the walls to the ceilings. Typically, it consists of fiberglass or mineral wool batts. 

Fiberglass batts are the most common, but what’s suitable for your home may be something different. We customize based on your needs. 

This well-known and reliable insulation technique is cut to size and often installed in walls, attics, and basement crawl space sections. It is also one of the most fireproof insulation materials available, making it a particularly desirable option in older homes. 

In addition to its fire resistance, when installed by a competent professional, batt insulation can help you save money on your energy costs.

Radiant Barrier Attic Foil

Sometimes called reflective insulation, these barriers are meant to reduce the heat created by sunlight as it beats down on your home. These radiant barriers are usually installed in the attic of your home. Research shows that these components may reduce your cooling expenses by up to 10%. 

Radiant barriers are typically made of paper, plastic, or cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil. It’s important to have certified professional insulation installers do the job of putting in the radiant barrier because it must be installed correctly to work effectively.

Spray Foam Insulation

Often applied to ceilings, floors, attics, walls, and basements, spray foam insulation creates an airtight and gap-free barrier that also resists moisture and adheres to all types of surfaces. 

As a result, it keeps outside air from coming into your home. Spray foam insulation is usually made from resin, polyurethane, and other components that fill the space and harden quickly to form a durable barrier.

Spray foam insulation has the added benefit of keeping insects and other pests outside since it can fill tiny cracks that different types of insulation can’t reach. 

Sometimes spray foam is called rigid foam because of the form the final product takes. It is firm enough that if you spray too much, the installer can cut away the extra material once it dries.

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Air Sealing

Before you add insulation, it is ideal to seal up any bypasses or intrusions from air that may be getting in. Basic air sealing is included with any insulation project. 

Air sealing means that you fill any leaks that let air into or out of your home. It helps reduce the expense of heating and cooling your home, but it also helps your attic insulation last longer and may improve your indoor air quality.

Air sealing usually involves caulking and weatherstripping cracks and the areas around your doors and windows in the attic and elsewhere in the home.

Crawl Spaces & Basements

Attic insulation is essential, and it’s the first thing that comes to mind for most people when you talk about insulation services. However, basements and crawl spaces present a unique challenge for the installer when it comes to insulation. 

When left uninsulated, these spaces can be a source of significant energy loss. They can also provide an entry point for insects and other pests. For these reasons, the building codes in most areas require some form of wall insulation. 

Looking to make your crawl space or basement warmer or more secure from pests? We do batt insulation, foundation wrap, crawl space encapsulation, and air sealing.

Where Can I Learn More?

For most people, the home is the most significant investment they’ll ever make. When it comes to taking care of it, don’t take chances with anything less than the best insulation installer. Contact the professional insulation installers at Colorado Insulation & Whole House Fans, and our team of friendly and knowledgeable professionals will be happy to answer all your questions. 

We can help you choose the best insulation for your new or existing home. Sometimes the most commonly used solution is not the right one, so you want to work with someone who knows all the options and how to get the job done efficiently.

You can book your appointment online to have your insulation inspected at your convenience. Or contact us via chat or by phone in Northern Colorado at 303-229-8598 and Colorado Springs at 719-466-6630. We look forward to providing you with the best in customer service soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

You may have heard the term as it relates to insulation, but what does R-value mean to your home’s insulation? R-value is a way to measure how well a particular kind of insulation resists heat flow, also known as thermal resistance. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation is at helping you keep your home comfortable. The American Society of Testing and Materials is responsible for testing and providing the official R-value of different materials. These measurements allow you to compare materials of different weights and thicknesses.

Understanding R-values can help you understand how much insulation your home needs. Of course, the exact calculations for your home depend on where you live, and there are different measurements for your attic, walls, and floors. Colorado building code says you should have at least R-49, or about 16” of fiberglass insulation in a home attic.

All materials of the same R-value are equally good at insulating your home regardless of how they compare to other factors. The installer you work with must thoroughly understand the R-values of the different materials to help you make the right choices.

Insulation saves money, increases home comfort, and protects the environment by reducing energy use. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends close to $1,500 each year on energy bills. DOE statistics show that, typically, 44% of a homeowner’s utility bill goes for heating and cooling costs. DOE states that homeowners may be able to reduce their energy bills from 10% to 50% by taking certain steps. One of the major steps is increasing the amount of thermal insulation in their existing homes or purchasing additional insulation when buying new homes. Unless your home was constructed with special attention to energy efficiency, adding insulation will probably reduce your utility bills. The amount of energy you conserve will depend on several factors: your local climate; the size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems; and the fuel you use. Energy conserved is money saved, and the annual savings increase when utility rates go up. Insulation upgrades also add to the value of your home.
“Insulation,” says Bob Vila, host of the nationally syndicated TV program that bears his name, “is the most efficient energy-saving expenditure.” Vila says homeowners should check attics to determine the amount of insulation already installed. “Most homes built before 1980 have inadequate insulation,” he said, noting that if insulation between the joists of the attic floor comes only to the top of the joist, it probably makes sense to install more insulation. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends home insulation R-values based on where you live. See R-value recommendations for your climate zone. Be sure your new home complies with current building code requirements for insulation. These building codes establish minimum levels of insulation for ceilings, walls, floors, and basements for new residential construction.
Fiberglass is made from molten sand or recycled glass and other inorganic materials under highly controlled conditions. Fiberglass is produced in batt, blanket, and loose-fill forms. Rock and slag wool are manufactured similarly to fiberglass, but use natural rock and blast furnace slag as its raw material. Typical forms are loose-fill, blanket, or board types. Cellulose is a loose-fill made from paper to which flame retardants are added. Foam insulations are available as rigid boards or foamed-in-place materials that can fill and seal blocks or building cavity spaces. Foams are also used in air sealing to fill gaps, cracks, or openings. Reflective materials are fabricated from aluminum foils with a variety of backings such as polyethylene bubbles and plastic film. Reflective insulations retard the transfer of heat; they can be tested by the same methods as mass insulation and therefore assigned an R-value. A Radiant Barrier is a building construction material consisting of a low emittance (normally 0.1 or less) surface (usually aluminum foil) bounded by an open air space. Radiant barriers are used for the sole purpose of limiting heat transfer by radiation.
Once you have chosen an insulation contractor, make sure the contract includes the job specification, cost, method of payment, and warranty information provided by the insulation material manufacturer. Make sure that the contract lists the type of insulation to be used and where it will be used. Make sure that each type of insulation is listed by R-value. Avoid contracts with vague language such as R-values with the terms “plus or minus”; “+ or -“; “average”; or “nominal.” Beware of any contract or verbal offering that quotes the job in terms of thickness only (e.g. “14 inches of insulation”). Remember, it is the R-value — not the thickness — that tells how well a material insulates. When buying insulation, be sure not to get sidetracked by the thickness of the material.
Every new home seller must put specific information about insulation in every home sales contract. See Federal Rule 460.16 for details. Local and state governments may have additional rules and regulations governing consumer contracts.
ICAA-member professional insulation contractors devote their time to insulation contracting services and focus on your energy conservation and comfort. Proper installation is essential for insulation to perform properly. Knowledge of vapor retarders, air infiltration, ventilation, recessed lighting, and water pipes are just a few of the areas critical to installation techniques. Professional insulation contractors have access to a wide variety of training, are familiar with local codes and regulations, and can offer guidance about the type and amount of insulation to be used.
Yes. Insulation is an efficient way to reduce unwanted sound, and it is commonly used to provide a more comfortable and quieter interior environment. Insulation effectively reduces noise transmission through floors and through interior and exterior walls. A professional insulation contractor can help you select the proper insulation for your needs. Visit Owens Corning’s Quiet Zone for information on controlling noise.

Consider focusing your search on insulation contractors who are members of the Insulation Contractors Association of America (ICAA), the nonprofit trade association of insulation contractors and suppliers. You can find contractors in your area by visiting the ICAA contractor locator page. ICAA members must subscribe to the ICAA Members Code of Ethics. Get a written estimate before agreeing to any work. Before you hire a professional insulation contractor, take a look at Title 16, Section 460 of the Federal Trade Commission’s Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this regulation is to ensure that consumers are provided essential pre-purchase information about R-values. Find out what insulation contractors must tell their customers. Local or state governments may have additional rules and regulations regarding consumer contracts.

It’s better to go low-tech according to Lane Burt, a building-energy expert with the Natural Resource Defense Council. Hire a pro to find all the leaks in your home and plug them up. This should cost much less than a new heating system, so you won’t be heating the outside of your home. The best energy efficiency measure you can take is insulating and air sealing your home, according to McKinsey & Company. A March 2014 report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy looked at efficiency programs in 20 states from 2009 to 2012 and found an average cost of only 2.8 cents per kilowatt-hour – about one-half to one-third the cost of alternative new electricity resource options.
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