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Cost, Materials, and Insulation Techniques Used in Quebec

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Cost, Materials, and Insulation Techniques Used in Quebec

Cost, Materials, and Insulation Techniques Used in Quebec

If you want to improve your home's thermal insulation, note that there are several thermal insulation products available, with varying price tags and efficiency ratings.

This chart highlights the costs, ratings, advantages, and drawbacks related to each type of insulation material available in Quebec.

The Average Cost of Various Insulation Materials

Type of insulation
Price per sq. ft/ inch
R-value per inch
Advantages
Drawbacks
Expanded polystyrene (EPS)
$1.5 - 4
3.9
Resistant to fire and moisture. Easy to install.
In the event of a fire, can release toxic fumes.
Extruded polystyrene (XPS)
$3 - 4
3.6
Resistant against humidity. Easy to install.
Not fire-resistant. Can release toxic fumes in the event of a fire.
Closed-cell polyurethane spray foam
$2.50 - 8
3.2 to 5
Resistant to air and water vapour.
Not fire-resistant. Complex installation
Open-cell polyurethane foam
$3 - 5
3.2 to 5
Resistant to air
Not resistant to water vapour. Is not fire-resistant.
Polyisocyanurate(PIR)
$1.50 - 3
6
Resistant to flames and water vapour
Loses its insulating properties when in direct contact with cold
Ecobill (polystyrene beads)
$2 - 4
4.4
Injected without need for demolition. Allows walls to breathe and doesn’t foster mould growth. Clean (dust and odour-free). Permeable to water and air. Recyclable. Easy installation.
Like expanded polystyrene, can discharge toxic fumes in the event of a fire.
Soy soil-based polyurethane
$3 - 9
6
Air and water vapour resistant. Capacity for high expansion.
Application requires protection.
Rockwool
$2.50 - 3
2.8 to 4.5
Resistant to moisture and fire. Delivers soundproofing qualities. Easy to install.
May contain traces of formaldehyde.
Fibreglass
$1.60 - 2
3.0 to 4.5
Easy to install. Resists fire.
Sensitive to water. May contain traces of formaldehyde.
Cellular glass
$3 - 5
2.6
Waterproof with air and vapour barrier. Flame resistant. Long life cycle. Soundproofing properties.
Lower insulation level.
Cellulose
$1.48 - 2**
3.6
Resistant to flames, mould and corrosion. Delivers soundproofing qualities.
Complex installation process. Very sensitive to moisture. **Requires more thickness (does not majorly impact cost).
Hemp
$1 - 4
3.7
Resistant to flames, bacteria, insects, and fungi. Soundproofing properties.
None
Straw
$5 - 18***
2
Resists fire a somewhat humidity.
***Requires a thickness of at least 14 inches. Price for building not renovating.
Cotton
$1.50 - 3.50
3.8
Resists flames. Soundproofing properties.
Sensitive to moisture.
Cork
$2.50 - 6.50****
3.7
Long lifespan. Resists water, fire, insects and rodents. Offers good sound insulation.
****Requires a thickness of 8 to 12 inches.

*R is the coefficient that measures insulation performance. Essentially, insulation prices vary depending on the form (panel, bulk, etc.), the location to be insulated (exterior wall, attic, floor, etc.) type of insulation (brick, wood, etc.) and the cost of labour. For more information, see our articles on mineral insulation and natural insulation

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