How to Install Insulation in Your Home

Installing insulation can add to the comfort in your home during the winter and summer months. This investment will also save you a lot of money by reducing the amount of warm air escaping in the winter and entering your home in the summer. There are many types of insulation available at your local home improvement stores. You will need to make sure you know which types will work in your specific application while also meeting the local building codes for your area. The building code information can be accessed at your local library or at your local building permit center, the rest we have for you right here on thediyhomepro. If you are remodeling an older home that has insufficient insulation you have a couple of options: 1) Blown in insulation which can be either drilled and blown in from outside or inside of the home. Note* this type of process leaves plugs where access to the walls was achieved, if you are going to put new siding or sheet rock in the home you may be able to cover the access plugs leaving no trace of the work. 2) Insulation batting which can be installed by removing the interior wall plaster or drywall, installing the batting and then replacing the wall surface with new drywall. Option #2 is the best and most energy efficient depending on the extent of your remodeling project. There are many TAX BREAKS associated with installing energy efficient insulation in your home so save the receipts ready for tax time! We have provided videos and articles below clearly outlining what you will need to know to complete this project, and if that is not enough you can simply ask our experts a question at the bottom of each article or go to our forum to see what others think. Lets get started on your new project!

What You’ll Need

Installing insulation will require some specific tools to complete the job. We have provided a list of suggested tools and materials for your convenience. Remember that having the right tool for the job could very well be the deciding factor on how the job turns out!

The Tools You’ll Need

Tape Measure
Laying out your project will take a lot of measuring, a good tape measure should be on hand to complete this job! Stanley 33-725 25-Foot FatMax Tape Measure

Staple gun
A staple gun will be the tool used to install the insulation. Having the right tool for the job here is paramount in how the job will turn out! Make sure you have a good staple gun on hand and plenty of staples to complete the job.
Straight edge
A straight edge will be used to compress the insulation and guide the blade while cutting the material to size. A good straight edge is always handy for many projects around the home, be sure to have one on hand for this job. Empire Level 4006 72-Inch Aluminum Straight Edge
Razor Knife
A razor knife will be used to cut the insulation to size, this tool will make the job both easier and give more professional results. Be sure to have a good razor knife and extra blades on hand for this project! Bessey D-BKWH Quick-Change Folding Utility Knife - Wood Grain Handle
A hammer will be needed for several steps of the installation process, we have provided an inexpensive yet good model if you decide that you need a new one! 13
Caulking Gun
Once the insulation is in place you will need to caulk around the edges of the windows and walls to keep the seal tight, here is a dependable caulking gun for the job. Newborn Brothers 930-GTD Gator Trigger Drip-Free Hex Rod Caulk Gun
Better have plenty of these on hand for the job! These 1/4" staples will be needed to hold that insulation tight in the wall cavity. Stanley Bostich Staples For P3-ind (5000/box) #sp19 1/4
The Materials You’ll Need
This will be needed to seal the edges of the material around the windows and floors, you will want to make sure that you have a joint that is air tight! Henkel Consumer Adhesives 24411-219 Vinyl Siding/window Sealant Caulk 10.2oz (Pack of 12)
Insulation comes in many "R" factors and several different sizes according to your specific application, we have provided a link for one of the most common sizes required today. You will be able to access all other types through this link as well, Good Luck!