Can you install insulation yourself?

So you consider yourself a bit of a handyman? It looks easy right? Just rip off the GIB and throw some batts in the walls and your done – no need to hire an insulation company after all – right?

While a lot of people do attempt to install their own insulation, there’s a few things you should be aware of it you do. It can be tricky business and there’s a few health hazards to be aware off as well.

Choosing the right insulation.

First things first, make sure you choose the right insulation. Are you insulating your roof, your walls or your floors? Are you going to use foam, fibreglass, cellulose, mineral wool or polystyrene insulation? What R rating are you trying to achieve and do you have the equipment necessary to install insulation yourself? 

Roof insulation could be different depending on what style roof you have and how much of a cavity there is to deal with. Many New Zealand roofs have large open attics and most people will use a loose fill or fibreglass batts. Installing insulation in your roof is probably the easiest type to do yourself, but it can be a time consuming job and you’ll need to be careful to ensure there’s no gaps in your installation.

Foam is also an option for your roof or walls but it’s a difficult substance to install at the best of times. Foam insulation is essentially is sprayed on wet and it dries into a durable layer of foam. It’s a messy process and can be rather unsightly.

Wall Insulation can also be challenging. If you’re doing this yourself it will probably mean pulling the GIB off the walls and finding the right Batts to put in. It can be a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to try and fit everything in around the frames and joists without leaving gaps, and even if you manage to get it all in place, you’re left with the daunting task of fixing up all your internal walls.

The floors, well that all depends on access under the house. Many people will either leave this one altogether or there’s also an option of fibreglass insulation rolls than can be stapled to the underfloor of your house.

Possible Health Risks when installing insulation.

Many insulation products can be quite hazardous to your health. It’s always important to have the right safety equipment including masks, goggles and a long sleeve shirt.

Some insulation products can contain small particles that can be easily inhaled. They can cause skin and eye issues and possibly lead to respiratory issues down the track.

You’ll also want to be careful about installing insulation around electrical wires and light fittings. If installed incorrectly, it could lead to electrical issues and put you at risk of a fire.

Perhaps you should leave it to the experts?

So in summary, yes, you can install insulation yourself but you need to make sure you know what you’re doing. But really, it’s a far more sensible idea to call an expert.

The team at CosyWall Insulation are experts in installing insulation. It’s a quick and easy process to get an assessment done on your property and we have specialised tools and products which make it much easier to install into your home. You can also rest assured that the job will be done right as CosyWall is Codemark certified and has a special auditor that ensures the quality and standard of your installation is done right. The best part – CosyWall Insulation is nationwide so regardless of where you are in New Zealand, we’re here to help.

Call the team at CosyWall today on 0800 267 992 or email sales@wallinsulation.co.nz for a obligation free chat.