InSoFast Panels

compared to Alternative Methods


How does InSoFast measure up when it comes to cost and labor?

This page shows three typical basement remodeling situations and draws a comparison between the "Big Box" method and the InSoFast method for handling those situations. At the bottom, we've included a list of competitor manufacturers who've also decided to start making "easy" basement systems.

2 walls (280ft²) 3 walls (640ft²) 4 walls (1,120ft²)

When we say Big Box, we are generally talking about methods that are available at large home improvement super stores such as wood-framing and foam-board insulation from Home Depot. Such methods are complicated and timely. The average homeowner will likely hire a contractor to perform that work which adds an additional cost to the project. Our comparison does not reflect this cost for either situation, but keep in mind that InSoFast is designed for DIY simplicity.

Side Note: We've had 80-year-olds install our product in a weekend...

In our comparison, we check out factors like the cost, weight, and delivery of materials. We also keep a tally on the average number of parts you'll have to deal with during your installation. We believe InSoFast is easier to manage, faster to install, and more cost effective than the * laughably complex * traditional method.

But seriously, all biases aside: Here are the facts, decide for yourself.

2 walls: Partial Basement

35 ft × 8 ft = 280 sq ft Total Wall Area

In this example, we are only insulating the two outside walls of a basement (measured in the diagram). The floor-to-ceiling height is 8 ft and the total length of the walls to be covered is 35 ft (15 + 20). Multiplying the total length by the total height (35 × 8), this project requires material that will cover 280 sq ft.

+ Totals (excluding the InSoFast Panels) are based on material and pricing from Home Depot Online as of February 2014. InSoFast Panels can be ordered online.

+ PL Premium adhesive is available at Lowes or Home Depot. Using a 28 fl oz cartridge of Loctite 3X Stronger PL Premium, a 3/8" bead of adhesive will serve 6 InSoFast panels (48 sq ft).

+ In both scenarios, the additional cost of taxes, shipping and hiring contractors are not reflected.

Traditional Wood Framing
Framing Materials:
2x4x8' Treated bottom plate 5 @ $3.67 $18.35
2x4x8' Studs - 16"O.C. framing 35 @ $2.92 $102.20
2x4x8' Top plate 5 @ $2.92 $14.60
Insulation
2" Rigid foam insulation board (2'x8') 18 @ $18.76 $337.68
Insulation board adhesive 9 @ $6.98 $62.82
Nails & Fasteners
SS concrete nails for treated bottom plate - 2-1/2" $21.52
SS 16d framing nails for studs to bottom plate $21.52
Nails - 16d framing nails $11.97
Nails - 8d framing nails to toe nailing studs $11.97
Shims $8.94
Engineered InSoFast
Engineered Insulation & Framing
4' × 2' InSoFast Panels (as boxes of 40ft²) 7 @ $87.20 $610.40
Adhesive
PL Premium adhesive* (Sold by others) 6 @ $6.98 $41.88
Total Parts: 295
Total Weight: 523 lbs
Total Price: $611.57
+ Several Trips to the Lumber Store
Total Parts: 41
Total Weight: 118 lbs
Total Price: $652.28
+ Free Factory-Direct Delivery

3 walls: Half Basement

80 ft × 8 ft = 640 sq ft Total Wall Area

In this example, we are only insulating the three outside walls of a basement (measured in the diagram). The floor-to-ceiling height is 8 ft and the total length of the walls to be covered is 80 ft (20 + 40 + 20). Multiplying the total length by the total height (80 × 8), this project requires material that will cover 640 sq ft.

+ Totals (excluding the InSoFast Panels) are based on material and pricing from Home Depot Online as of February 2014. InSoFast Panels can be ordered online.

+ PL Premium adhesive is available at Lowes or Home Depot. Using a 28 fl oz cartridge of Loctite 3X Stronger PL Premium, a 3/8" bead of adhesive will serve 6 InSoFast panels (48 sq ft).

+ In both scenarios, the additional cost of taxes, shipping and hiring contractors are not reflected.

Traditional Wood Framing
Framing Materials:
2x4x8' Treated bottom plate 11 @ $3.67 $40.37
2x4x8' Studs - 16"O.C. framing 80 @ $2.92 $233.60
2x4x8' Top plate 11 @ $2.92 $32.12
Insulation
2" Rigid foam insulation board (2'x8') 40 @ $18.76 $750.40
Insulation board adhesive 18 @ $6.98 $125.64
Nails & Fasteners
SS concrete nails for treated bottom plate - 2-1/2" $41.52
SS 16d framing nails for studs to bottom plate $21.52
Nails - 16d framing nails $11.97
Nails - 8d framing nails to toe nailing studs $11.97
Shims $8.94
Engineered InSoFast
Engineered Insulation & Framing
4' × 2' InSoFast Panels (as boxes of 40ft²) 16 @ $72.00 $1,152.00
Adhesive
PL Premium adhesive* (Sold by others) 14 @ $6.98 $97.72
Total Parts: 672
Total Weight: 1,254 lbs
Total Price: $1,278.04
+ Several Trips to the Lumber Store
Total Parts: 94
Total Weight: 272 lbs
Total Price: $1,249.72
+ Free Factory-Direct Delivery

4 walls: Full Basement

140 ft × 8 ft = 1,120 sq ft Total Wall Area

In this example, we are only insulating the all four walls of a basement (measured in the diagram). The floor-to-ceiling height is 8 ft and the total length of the walls to be covered is 140 ft (30 + 40 + 30 + 40). Multiplying the total length by the total height (140 × 8), this project requires material that will cover 1,120 sq ft.

+ Totals (excluding the InSoFast Panels) are based on material and pricing from Home Depot Online as of February 2014. InSoFast Panels can be ordered online.

+ PL Premium adhesive is available at Lowes or Home Depot. Using a 28 fl oz cartridge of Loctite 3X Stronger PL Premium, a 3/8" bead of adhesive will serve 6 InSoFast panels (48 sq ft).

+ In both scenarios, the additional cost of taxes, shipping and hiring contractors are not reflected.

Traditional Wood Framing
Framing Materials:
2x4x8' Treated bottom plate 20 @ $3.67 $73.40
2x4x8' Studs - 16"O.C. framing 140 @ $2.92 $408.80
2x4x8' Top plate 20 @ $2.92 $58.40
Insulation
2" Rigid foam insulation board (2'x8') 74 @ $18.76 $1,388.24
Insulation board adhesive 32 @ $6.98 $223.36
Nails & Fasteners
SS concrete nails for treated bottom plate - 2-1/2" $41.52
SS 16d framing nails for studs to bottom plate $21.52
Nails - 16d framing nails $23.94
Nails - 8d framing nails to toe nailing studs $23.94
Shims $11.82
Engineered InSoFast
Engineered Insulation & Framing
4' × 2' InSoFast Panels (as boxes of 5 panels or 40ft²) 28 @ $64.80 $1,814.40
Adhesive
PL Premium adhesive* (Sold by others) 24 @ $6.98 $167.52
Total Parts: 1,172
Total Weight: 2,195 lbs
Total Price: $2,274.94
+ Several Trips to the Lumber Store
Total Parts: 190
Total Weight: 476 lbs
Total Price: $1,981.92
+ Free Factory-Direct Delivery

A Note about Competitors

Why work so hard? We've been asking that since day one and everything we do and make starts there. Crafting simplicity while maintaining a feature-rich product is far from simple and there's a wide history of complex building techniques that can attest to it. Today, simplicity is a hot trend and possibly one in danger of becoming sales jargon.

So, with the threat of buzz words ever-looming in dark corners, we feel it's important to throw a spotlight on everyone - even us! Here's a list of manufacturers of basement finishing products who claim the "why work so hard" ethic. Go check 'em out because the right decision is your decision.

One more important thing: Even as competitors, we all agree that fiberglass insulation with a plastic vapor barrier is a terrible way to remodel a basement.