Home Improvement (Part the 3)

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

It has been a while since I gave an update on the upstairs remodel.

Since January, we have spent almost every free moment working on the construction. The completed list includes: removing the interior walls, fixing large patches of the floor, building new walls, running electrical, data, leveling all surfaces and … finally… insulation!

Above is an insulation before and after from the baby’s room.

We went with open-cell, spray foam insulation (ICYNENE LD-R-50). It has a higher R value then fiberglass and can be sprayed directly on the underside of the roof decking – which was important since the roof is all 2×4 construction. On average, we should now have R14 on the roof and all exterior surfaces of the upstairs. This is a big improvement on the R0 that we had to suffer through all winter. Plus, it sealed up all of the drafts.

It was installed by SC Phelps – who I would highly recommend. They were the only reasonable bid and did a superior job. It took them one day to spray and another to trim down the excess and clean up.

We can already feel the difference.

Just after insulation

Trimming down the foam

The crawl space

The rooms

South Wall

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