How to Install Insulation on a Metal Stud Wall

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Insulating metal stud walls is similar to insulating walls constructed with wood studs. Batt insulation consists of fiberglass strands woven together to form a product with an "R" rating. The average "R" rating for fiberglass batts is between R11 and R38. A higher "R" rating results in lower energy costs.

Things You'll Need

  • Batt insulation
  • Utility knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Measure the width between the wall studs. Most building codes require the gap between studs to be 16 inches.

  • Place the face end of the insulation roll between the metal studs at the top, leaving no gaps between the metal stud framing and insulation.

  • Unroll the insulation downward to fill the cavity between the metal studs. Press the insulation so it rests snugly between the studs.

  • Using a utility knife, cut off excess insulation that does not fit between the studs.

  • Custom-cut insulation pieces to fill any gaps between the studs. Areas to fill may include the perimeter of electrical outlets and small gaps around doors and windows.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear heavy gloves and a long-sleeve shirt to protect yourself from the fiberglass insulation and metal stud edges. Wear a mask to protect yourself from fiberglass inhalation.

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