G2G Insulation Twin Falls
Home Improvement

Insulating Your Home to R30 on
a Budget!

We are going to cover a very inexpensive way to increase the R factor / value / rating of your homes insulation on a budget. Insulating your home to R 30 on a budget is just the baseline for exterior walls, with this information you will probably be able to get the insulation rating in your attic up to or even higher than R 60.

The primary items you will need to execute this task are corrugated card board, Styrofoam, spray adhesive and time (time is a factor).

Plain old simple white Styrofoam that they use to make disposable coolers have long been recognized as a perfect material for home insulation and many companies produce a material based on this concept specifically for the home insulation and building industries.

When you get a complete grasp of this concept you will not only be able to start insulating your home to R 30 on a budget, you can take this a step further and create a substantial income stream by providing the insulation materials to other home owners and builders.

The plain white Styrofoam we are talking about has an R value of at least R - 5 per inch. Knowing this, then we can mathematically deduce and assume that 6 inches of Styrofoam has an R value of about R – 30.

The trick is to get the material to produce a sheet of insulation with an R value of R – 30 or more for the lowest possible price. The way we do this is with scrap, not all scrap, but mostly.

First we will cover how to do it and second we will cover how to do it so that you can turn this into a very viable commercial enterprise.

We are going to make a sheet of Styrofoam that is at least 6 inches thick and the exact dimensions of a piece of plywood. That is 6 inches thick and 8 feet long by 4 feet wide. The reason why we are doing this is because it will take time for you to get the “hang” of the manufacturing process and you will need to manufacture enough sheets to complete your insulation upgrade project in a single sitting.

Every home and insulation application is different so just take measurements to determine how many square feet of insulation you will need for your specific project. For commercial applications just get a grasp of what we are talking about and start producing. You will not be able to keep up with demand for sure.

The process is to take a piece of heavy corrugated cardboard (or scrap pieces) that equals an area of 4 feet by 8 feet (plywood size). If you have a single sheet it is best, but if you are using scraps it will still work perfectly.

Make a jig or template that is basically 4 X 8 and lay down your cardboard (or pieces) and then with an awareness of the seams between pieces spray the cardboard with spray adhesive and lay down your first layer of Styrofoam.

After a few minutes, spray the Styrofoam with adhesive and lay down your next layer of Styrofoam.

Repeat this process until your board is at least 6 inches thick and then add a final topping layer of corrugated cardboard.

For your private use you can skip the topping layer of corrugated cardboard.

If you want to use this as an income source you will need to get a little more fancy, but this is easy. Use a ΒΌ sheet of plywood as your first layer rather than scraps of corrugated cardboard, but you can still use scraps of Styrofoam without sacrificing quality.

Build the board up to 6 inches thick of Styrofoam and then top it with corrugated card board. If you’re are using scraps or pieces of card board then put a final topping of butcher paper on it to make it look nice.

For personal use now you have a stock of R – 30 sheets to install on your home exterior and for commercial use you are the source for pre-fabricated R-30 sheets of insulation for any home improvement project.

Hook up with one or two local handymen / handywomen and you will not be able to keep up with the demand.

 

 

Insulating to R30 on a budget