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Old 07-15-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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90 cents a sq ft for blown in insulation


I live on long island ny, and everything seems to cost more here. I am getting estimates of 90 to 99 cents a sq ft for 5-6 in of blown in insulation. This seem ridiculously high to me. I will be able to get 20% back from my local energy provider, and another 30% tax credit from the govt. So realisticly i am looking at 45 to 50 a sqft. I stll think the prices are high. What do you guys think?
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For Long Island, that's not that bad. I've done my share of projects with blown in insulation, and that's actually closer to the normal end of the spectrum. It'll go up slightly more per SF as the size of the job gets smaller, but 90-99 cents certainly isn't ridiculous for LI. If you said they were doing it for 70 cents a foot on LI, I'd tell you to grab the deal. But with normal markup and at a fair wage, the prices you're getting are what I would consider normal for that area.

Being that this is a DIY site, you could probably save a bundle if you DIY'd it. A blower around here is $75 a day. I've heard of places giving you the equipment for free if you buy the insulation from them, but they could be making it up on the material. But you can buy the insulation for $11 a bag (28 cents a SF at 6 inches deep) at the Depot. You could probably get it even cheaper at a real insulation distributor.
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well since i am a DIYer, if i needed to get 6 inches in 900 sq ft, how many bags would i need?
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I think you would neet 450 cubic feet of insulation. I am not sure how big the bags are, but I think at the depot they give you the machine if you buy over 25 bags or something. I have never done it but I have watched it and it looks pretty easy, just make sure your venting is ok and that you are not blocking your soffits.
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well doing a little more research, its gonna cost me about $375 in material if i do it myself. So after rebates, and tax credit if i go with pro, i am saving $175-$200. I think i might let the pro do it. My time costs me nothing, but the way i look at it, its gonna cost me some beers, for my buddy to help me, and when its all said and done probably a good 6-8 hrs by the time i pick everything up, and return the machine.
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BINGO !!!
THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO GET HOT AND STICKY AND YOU DON`T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PUTTING A FOOT THROUGH THE CEILING.

A good contractor will build a crib around your hatch and seal the door as well . He will also add baffles from your soffits to increase air flow and seal any pipe, electrical and ventilation fan penetrations... likely in 2-3 hours.

Remember to inspect before and after and get a written description indicating finished R value. It`s not`really hard work but its dirty and your back, eyes and lungs will thank you for passing on this one.
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I live on long island ny, and everything seems to cost more here. I am getting estimates of 90 to 99 cents a sq ft for 5-6 in of blown in insulation. This seem ridiculously high to me. I will be able to get 20% back from my local energy provider, and another 30% tax credit from the govt. So realisticly i am looking at 45 to 50 a sqft. I stll think the prices are high. What do you guys think?
crud really?

Man, I love long island, but we really pay through the nose for everything here. That means my roughly 1200 sq ft attic will cost almost a grand? good grief. well, if that isn't an incentive to get my patoot up there, I don't know what is!

I didn't know keyspan would reimburse 20% though... that's a VERY nice piece of info. thanks!
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crud really?

Man, I love long island, but we really pay through the nose for everything here. That means my roughly 1200 sq ft attic will cost almost a grand? good grief. well, if that isn't an incentive to get my patoot up there, I don't know what is!

I didn't know keyspan would reimburse 20% though... that's a VERY nice piece of info. thanks!
You have to use a contracter that is approved by them. so get a list from them. You also get a 30% tax credit on next years taxes
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well, i just decided. I am going for 6 inches of cellulose over the existing 6" fiberglass.With the 20% check back from my local gas co. And an aditional 30% tax credit, I am hoping it will pay for itself in 1.5-2yrs.
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