May , James also suggested using weather stripping and of rigid foam board to insulate the attic access panel Loose Insulation Save Pro Tip If Much like the insulation in the attic, some carpets build up dirt adjacent to the wall from filtering the air as it moves though I was surprised to find how leaky the
Blown in cellulose is going to be far superior to rigid foam board as the best attic insulation in your home Most residential roof Make sure you caulk any voids around the walls and anywhere else that you see as a possible air infiltration point before you spray in the cellulose The other area that we see
Dec , It s very possible that the insulation in your attic may not be evenly distributed throughout (especially if you live in an older construction home) Because of this, it s ideal to measure the temperature in at least three locations We would recommend the entrance to your attic, the middle and the far wall from the
Jun , I love spaces that have character (like so many of these rooms that I am still drooling over!) and one of my favorite DIY ways to add character to a room is by adding some texture something like board and batten or a plank wall Our guest today had an unfinished attic space just waiting to be made into
Jul , An overview look at different types of insulation a homeowner should consider using in their attic I m going to stick to the attic here, but much of what I say could apply to walls or floors, too The first thing to know is that One that I like a lot (since I built a house out of them is the structural insulated panel.
Watch this video to find out how to build a raised platform in your attic to increase storage space while making sure you have enough insulation Place the two bys on edge, and install them to the ceiling joists so that the center of each board is exactly inches away from that of the preceding board Be careful not to trap a
Apr , a) disposing a first layer and a second layer of porous insulating material so as to substantially cover at least one of the group consisting of the ceiling in the attic space and the inner panel in the wall space with a separate layer comprising a desiccant material disposed in between the first and second layers
Feb , After that first year that s money in my pocket! So, if you haven t already done it put some insulation on that attic floor Maybe you ll get to insulating the walls someday, but the place to start is where you ll get the most bang for your buck with the least possible downside and that s the attic Share Away!
Jan , I have successfully used Dow s XPS for insulating foundation walls Now I want to insulate a concrete slab by laying the XPS on top of the slab and covering it up with plywood to act as a subfloor The only thing I am worried about is the compression strength of the XPS Would the XPS under the plywood
Jul , Southface has a building constructed with structural insulated panels (SIPs) that they built in The asphalt shingles have been on the insulated roofline for years now They also have a detached garage with a vented attic The last time I was there, I saw no difference in appearance or performance of
Nov , It s the time of year when homeowners who are lucky enough to have an attic for storage might find themselves scrambling to find (and haul back down) the holiday decorations or infrequently used luggage that s stored up there That can be quite a chore, since many attics aren t equipped to make good use
Considering a new build with SIPS for all exterior walls and roof members vs a stick built roof with a spray foam insulation application Answer this As an advocate of Structural Insulated Panels or SIPS I believe them to be a superior building system to stick framing for residential structures Seems that
Tom Silva replies Filling walls with a fluffy layer of fiberglass insulation is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to make your home more energy Apply a bead of sealant to the top plate and to any studs where the sheets overlap, then tack the sheet every to inches to the top plate, studs, and bottom plate.
Nov , This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to warm up a chilly concrete wall (See below for a Not a soul on earth who has ever had to remove glued insulation panels would ever install them again. What I m looking for is a video to show me how to build a removable insulated wall.
Sep , The best look, and the most efficient would be to panel the walls with very thin plywood and then trim with the pallet wood This current system essentially leaves your insulation open to the warm moist air from the interior of the house But the biggest danger is that you are not using this nice weather time
Feb , Sometimes I get it wrong in this gig, but rarely have I been so consistent as I have been in my coverage of Ultratouch Recycled Denim Insulation Then I complained that their ads show little kids using ultra Touch as pillows, but the Material Safety Data Sheets (PDF here) say you should wear an OSHA
Feb , Installing baffles in a attic where the insulation has already been installed Just a few pointers and ideas that may For the past years after i put the insulation in my attic i have been getting mold on my ceilings where the wall and ceiling meet on an outside wall Did I do something wrong I don t have
Feb , Thermablok manufactures aerogel in wide strips rather than broad sheets In stud wall construction, the cavity between the studs is filled with insulation, but the studs themselves can conduct heat and cold, a process known as thermal bridging, which reduces the thermal performance of the wall.
Apr , ,, similarly provides a one piece cover for an attic opening that fits over the attic door This cover, however, is a shell, comprised of multiple pieces that need to be assembled in a tongue and groove design into which insulating panels are inserted U.S Pat No ,, discloses a two piece shell
men working on installing built in storage bench in remodeled attic View as slideshow Photo by John Gruen Gutted the space of paneling, drywall, and carpet, Added insulation and raised half of the dropped ceiling, Updated the electrical and installed new light fixtures, Put up new drywall and added
Figure you ll need to beef up the floor, insulateand more Here s a look At the Lyons house, this meant that only a portion of the attic was usable, though some of the low clearance area was tapped for storage A layer of spray foam insulation under the roof and in the walls will help cut their heating and cooling costs.
Aug , The panels can be installed on any structural frame, including wood framed greenhouses For instance, the paneling system can be used for a roof to turn an attic into a greenroom and to preserve the energy which normally escapes through the roof of a home Insulation is currently used in attics to prevent