Many homes do not have the proper amount of insulation to help prevent energy loss, reduce sound and outside noise, or make the home more comfortable. Insulation, soundproofing, and water sealing are all necessary components to making a home truly efficient and comfortable year-round. Each of these categories is made up of many different components as well. Insulation can be interior or exterior, done by room or by area like walls or ceilings, and can be made of various materials. Sound and waterproofing can also be done on a room-by-room or area-by-area basis, which leads to a wide range of associated costs. Changing the material or size of the area being insulated or sealed can also change the price of the project.
In most cases, labor for these projects is charged by the square foot, with associated costs ranging from $1 to $200 an hour, depending on the project and material used.