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How Much Does It Cost to Insulate a Rim Joist with Spray Foam in 2024? (Prices/Rates/Factors)

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How Much Does It Cost to Insulate a Rim Joist with Spray Foam in 2024? (Prices/Rates/Factors) Blog Feature
Amanda Ringler

By: Amanda Ringler on November 27th, 2023

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There’s a space lurking underneath your floor that is commonly overlooked and is possibly responsible for your cold floors and drafty rooms.

The rim joist, also known as the bond joist or band joist, is a board that caps off the floor joists and forms the outer box of the floor assembly. It’s important to both air seal and insulate the rim joist to prevent moisture problems and wasted energy.

With more than 20 years of experience, RetroFoam of Michigan knows using spray foam to insulate the rim joist can make a difference in the comfort of your home.

We're on a mission to educate homeowners far and wide. As a part of that mission, below we will go over the cost to insulate the rim joist, what factors determine the final cost, the installation process, and a lot more.

How Much Does it Cost to Insulate a Rim Joist with Spray Foam?


The average cost to insulate a rim joist with spray foam is between $1,800 and $2,200 but could be even less after discounts and rebates.

What Factors Determine Rim Joist Insulation Cost?

The size of the area that needs to be insulated is the number one factor in determining the cost of insulating a rim joist.

In some cases, if crews need to spend several hours moving objects away from the rim joist to start the job, there may also be a charge.

Another factor in determining the cost is the material used to insulate the rim joist. Open cell spray foam is usually recommended, but there are circumstances when closed cell is a better option. Closed cell foam tends to be a more expensive product, which could also impact the project's cost.

There are several differences between open cell and closed cell spray insulation, including the composition, blowing agent, sound-dampening capabilities, and moisture permeability. Spray foam insulation, regardless of the type, will create an air seal and insulate your rim joist.

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Indications the Rim Joist Needs Insulation

Some indications that a rim joist needs to be insulated include:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Cold floors
  • Drafts
  • Mold and mildew

What are the Benefits of Rim Joist Insulation?

The number one benefit of insulating the rim joist is a more comfortable house, meaning it will reduce cold floors, which is a major complaint.

You may not see the same cost savings in energy bills as other areas of the home, but it will make you much more comfortable by reducing drafts, cold floors, and the potential for mold and mildew. Not to mention missing out on the headache of dealing with frozen pipes or frozen pipes that burst.

What is the Process for Spray Foam Insulation on a Rim Joist?

The first step in the insulation job process would be removing fiberglass insulation from the rim joist and clearing any furniture or storage away from the basement walls.

Crews will then put plastic over the windows and nearby shelves or storage to ensure they do not get overspray on them.

Next, the person spraying the foam suits up, brings the hose into the basement, and sprays the rim joist.

There’s generally no cutting of the foam or clean-up with the rim joist unless there is overspray. It’s a fairly quick and simple process, with the job usually lasting about an hour and a half.

What Services Should Be Included When Insulating a Rim Joist?


The best insulation companies should offer services that start with the call for an estimate and end with you living in a more comfortable home.

Some of the services that should be included are:

  • Free estimate.
  • Free concierge program that stays with you from the beginning to the end of the project. Your concierge will answer any and all questions you have.
  • Help with applying for financing for the project.
  • Cleanup preparation for insulation job, including the removal of old insulation.
  • Cleanup once the job is complete
  • Rebates filed with your energy provider.
  • A lifetime warranty that is connected to the house.

Other Ways to Beat High Energy Bills, Cold Floors, and Drafts

Sometimes, cold air moving through a rim joist can contribute to the discomfort you feel in your home, but sometimes, there is more to the discomfort you feel.

Another cause of heat loss in your home could be due to poor or no insulation in your attic.

Cold walls, drafts inside the home, and high energy bills are also signs you need new or better insulation in the exterior walls of your house.

Insulating your entire home using RetroFoam injection foam and spray foam can make a difference year-round, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter and saving you money on your energy bills. 

This is because the foam insulation completely seals the building envelope of your home so that the air you're paying to treat with your AC unit or furnace isn't escaping and the outside elements are staying out where they belong. 

Fees and Taxes in Addition to Spray Foam Rim Joist Costs

An experienced and trustworthy contractor won’t hit you with hidden fees and costs after the job is done.

The estimate you agree to and sign should be the project's final cost.

Unlocking Savings: Michigan Home Insulation Rebates and Tax Credits

Michigan homeowners stand to gain substantial rebates and tax credits when they choose foam insulation for their homes.

This program is part of a larger effort to promote energy efficiency, with RetroFoam of Michigan leading the way by assisting homeowners in maximizing their rebates.

First, it's crucial to understand the distinction between rebates and tax credits.

Rebates are cash incentives offered for specific achievements, like energy-efficient home upgrades, while tax credits reduce your tax liability, granted when you make energy-efficient improvements to your home.

The standard mail-in insulation rebate is designed for homeowners insulating a single area of their homes, offering rebates ranging from $50 to $250, depending on the project's size. These rebates come directly from utility providers like Consumers Energy, DTE, SEMCO, and Michigan Gas and Utilities. Another option is the home performance rebate, available to homeowners who insulate at least two areas of their homes. This rebate focuses on improving overall home energy efficiency and offers rebates ranging from $400 to $1,100.

Under the Inflation Reduction Act, a policy for energy-efficient home improvements, homeowners can claim up to $1,200 in tax credits annually for individual insulation or other energy-efficient upgrades until 2032. A credit of up to $150 is also available for home energy audits. To claim this tax credit, homeowners need to complete IRS Form 5695 and include a copy of their contract with RetroFoam of Michigan.

It's worth noting that eligibility for these rebates and tax credits requires consultation with your energy provider and a tax professional to ensure that your work qualifies. RetroFoam of Michigan can be a valuable resource in this process, as we stay up-to-date with current energy efficiency tax credit and insulation rebate amounts and help their clients understand these benefits.

Leveraging these home insulation rebates and home improvement tax credits can significantly offset the cost of foam insulation for homes in 2024, reinforcing the financial advantages of this decision.

Getting Spray Foam Rim Joist Insulation for Your Home

You've read it all and understand what spray foam has to offer when it comes to insulating your rim joist.

When you are ready to schedule a free in-home estimate, give us a call at 866-900-3626 or fill out the form on our website. You can also check out our budget calculator to give you a rough idea of the cost of insulating your rim joist.

Want to extend your educational journey? Head over to our Learning Center, where you can find many helpful resources on all things foam insulation. 

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About Amanda Ringler

Amanda previously has worked as a breaking news and crime reporter, TV news producer, and editor in Flint and Detroit. Throughout her career as a journalist, she has won several awards from The Society of Professional Journalists - Detroit Chapter and the Michigan Press Association. As part of the RetroFoam of Michigan family, Amanda uses her experience as a journalist to write content that will help educate homeowners on the benefits of foam insulation. When Amanda isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and rescued huskies. She also loves knitting, making art, cooking, and hosting dinner and a movie night for friends and family.