Planning on insulating your floors but not sure how much it’s going to cost? In this article we break down the cost of underfloor insulation in Australia so you can budget for your project.
Need installation information? Head to our underfloor insulation guide.
What Is the Cost of Underfloor Insulation in Australia?
Underfloor insulation installation can cost less than $1000 and up to $2000 for more complex jobs.
Factors such as the level of difficulty of the installation, the size of your home and the materials used can all affect the final price. Installers may charge extra or decline a job if the underfloor area is difficult or unsafe to access.
The fastest way to get an accurate quote is to contact an insulation installer in your area.
DIY installations are possible if the underfloor area is accessible and you have enough experience. Be sure to read up on the best practices for installing underfloor insulation and safety precautions before you start.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Underfloor Insulation
There are many factors that can affect the final cost of underfloor insulation in Australia, including the R Value you need, the type of insulation you use and whether you are installing it in a new or existing home.
1. R Value
In Australia, insulation products are given an R Value which indicates how effective they are at resisting heat transfer. The higher the R Value, the greater the thermal resistance.
Higher R Value products cost more, but they are more effective and can lead to higher savings on your energy bills. Choosing the right R Value based on local building regulations will help you get the most out of your investment. For most Australian homes, an R Value of R2.0 to R2.5 is adequate, but cold and alpine climates may require a higher rating.
2. Type of Insulation
Depending on the design of your house, different methods of insulating your floor may be more appropriate than others. There are several types of insulation that can be used for underfloor applications, each at a different price point. The most popular underfloor insulation types include:
- Underfloor Batts
Glasswool and polyester batts are a type of bulk insulation. They contain millions of tiny air pockets in their structure which break up the flow of heat. Polyester underfloor insulation is made from recycled plastic materials whereas glasswool batts are made from recycled glass materials.Expect to pay $7-$13 per m2 for insulation batts. Specialised underfloor insulation batts that protect your home from wind draughts and noise pollution can be more expensive.
- Rigid Insulation Panels
Rigid insulation panels (such as Foilboard Green Insulation) are typically made from a fire retardant expanded polystyrene core with reflective aluminium foil on either side. Foilboard can be installed between floor joists using floor saddles or fastening clips to keep them in place.Costs start from around $10 per m2, but can go as high as $23 per m2 depending on the product thickness are R Value.
- Polystyrene Insulation
Polystyrene underfloor panels (such as Expol Underfloor Insulation) are great for pole houses, exposed timber floors and polished floors in bungalows and villas. Prices vary depending on the brand and specific product. Expect to pay upwards of $12 per m2.
- Foil Insulation
Foil underfloor insulation is an effective way to insulate floors with a sealed air space between the flooring and enclosed sub-floor space. It can help reduce draughts and is suitable for new homes and retrofit applications. The average cost for foil insulation is $3-$10 per m2.
Not sure what’s the best insulation for your project? Check out our guide on choosing the right underfloor insulation for the job.
3. Retrofit vs New Build
If you are installing insulation in a new home during the building phase, you will usually have more choice about what products to use.In existing homes, you may be more limited based on how accessible your floor space is. Underfloor areas that are inaccessible or tricky to manoeuvre in may drive up labour costs.
What Is The Best Underfloor Insulation In Australia?
Knauf Earthwool Underfloor Insulation Batts
Bradford Optimo Underfloor Insulation
Bradford Polymax Underfloor Insulation
Expol Polystyrene Underfloor Insulation
Polyester Underfloor Insulation Rolls
Should I Insulate My Concrete Slab?
Concrete slabs should be insulated to suit the climate where you live. Insulation plays an important role in decoupling the concrete slab from the ground to avoid heat loss and gain.
According to Your Home, concrete slab floors should be insulated underneath in cold climates and insulated on the sides in all climates. One method is to lay high density foam insulation underneath the floor panels. Another is to use waffle pods which are filled with XPS polystyrene foam.
Some of our most popular underslab insulation products include:
- Foamex StyroTherm Extruded Polystyrene Sheets
- Kingspan Kooltherm K3 Underfloor Board
- Slabmate Underslab Insulation by Foilboard
- Slabmate Pro Underslab Insulation by Foilboard
Is It Worth Installing Underfloor Insulation?
Did you know that your floor is responsible for about 10-20% of your home’s heat loss and gain? Properly insulating your floors will help make indoor temperatures more comfortable year round. Plus, it will improve your home’s energy efficiency and cut down your heating and cooling costs.
To experience maximum benefits of home insulation, it’s important to also insulate your ceiling and walls. Check out our other cost guides for more information about insulating your home from top to bottom:
- Roof insulation cost
- How much does ceiling insulation cost?
- Cost to add insulation to your attic
- Cost to insulate a house in Australia
Use Our Insulation Calculator to Budget for Your Project
At Pricewise Insulation, we understand how important it is to know how much your project will cost before you start. All our product pages have an inbuilt cost calculator to help you figure out how much your investment will be.
If you need assistance with choosing the right products or have questions about the cost of underfloor insulation in Australia, give our friendly team a call on 1300 729 639.