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Posted by Mike in Westminster, CO on 11/15/2010

In addition to the bathtubs arriving and being installed, the insulation contractor began installing the house insulation. I wanted a high R-value for the insulation in the walls, so after careful thought and consideration, I went with a blown-in insulation product fot the exterior walls. The contractor began by installing a 4-mil poly vapor retarder material in all exterior walls, to reduce the possibility of condensation forming within the wall cavities.  Once the vapor barrier was installed, the insulation material was blown into the wall cavites and sealed behind a plastic membrane. Because the exterior walls are of 2x6 construction, this netted me a 24 R-value, which is better than the typical R-20 wall insulation that gets blown into most homes. The attic areas above the ceilings will receive an R-38 blown-in fiberglass treatment (R-30 above the garage ceiling), and all rafter ends received R-30 unfaced batt. Additionally, R-38 unfaced batt was placed in all hip areas of the roof. The insulation contractor also installed all the attic baffles.

The garage will be fully insulated with R-19 unfaced batts with R-13 insulated garage doors. In the basement, R-13 vinyl-faced insulation will cover all foundation walls, and the framed walk-out walls will receive the R-24 custom blown-in blanket. Additionally, all box sills and rim joists will have HEATLOK closed-cell foam sprayed in to seal those areas to make a nice airtight basement area.

As an extra, I had the insulation contractor install R-11 unfaced batt in all framed walls around all bathrooms, study/office, and master bedroom for soundproofing purposes. 

Now with the wall insulation in, the next big job is the drywall.


Blown-in blanket insulation in the guest bedroom.
Insulation in the master bedroom. Unfaced batt was used behind the fireplace.
Unfaced batt insulation between the master bedroom and great room common wall to act as soundproofing.
HEATLOK closed-cell foam sprayed in between the rim joists.
Vinyl faced insulation on the foundation walls.
Insulation in the mechanical room.

Posted by Mary in PA on 11/16/2010

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Thanks for posting pics of the different types and amounts of insulation you used. Very informative. Did you have one contractor do all of this work, or was it different companies (e.g. batt vs. spray)?
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Yes, one company did all the insulation work. I actually wanted to use foam throughout the house, but it was too expensive for my budget. The all-foam option was about three times as much money as the blown-in and batt insulation that I went with.


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