Is It Worth Insulating Your Basement Ceiling?

Posted on: 26 February 2020

Having a finished basement can give you a bit more square footage and plenty of excuses to send your kids downstairs so that you can have some peace and quiet. Once your basement has been framed and the electrical has been done, it's time to make the decision about whether you should insulate the ceiling. 

Why Insulate the Ceiling? 

Insulating your basement walls is going to keep it warm during the winter and cold during the summer, which will help you save on your heating and cooling costs. One thing a lot of people don't know about insulating your basement ceiling is that it has nothing to do with heating and cooling but rather sound. If you are going to have a home theater in your basement, a home office, or another room that gets used a lot, then you may want to have some sort of insulation to help muddle the sound. If, however you are only using your basement on occasion for things like having guests, then it may not be worth it to you to have it insulated. 

Blow-In Insulation Vs. Batts of Insulation

If you do decide to go with insulation in your ceiling, then your insulation company will talk to you about two popular options, which are blow-in insulation and batts of insulation. 

Batts of Insulation: Installing batts of insulation is the most affordable route to go and is fairly common. This type of insulation is probably what you have seen before because it is most commonly used in interior walls; these rolls of insulation typically only cost an average of $0.12 per square foot, which is practically pocket change. 

Blow-In Insulation: If you are really worried about sound, then you may want to go with blow-in insulation; this type of insulation is blown into your ceiling using a blower, which will help fill every nook and cranny of your ceiling to help get rid of more sound. The cost is about $1 to $1.50 per square foot, which is substantially more than batt insulation, but it may be worth it if you want to muddle even more sound. 

There are some things that are worth saving money on when you are in the process of remodeling your basement, but insulation may not be one of those places. To learn more about insulation, reach out to an insulation company in your area that can give you advice