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Hard to Insulate Areas

Many homeowners are incorporating designs or architectural features into their homes that pose insulation challenges, because conventional insulation; doesn't adhere well (or can settle over time); doesn't fit unusual cavities (batts are standard size); must be manipulated or compressed to fill unusual spaces (reducing R-value); or require extra finishing materials.

What's the problem?
  • Areas like arches, cathedral, domed or vaulted ceilings have limited space for insulation or make it difficult for insulation to adhere well (decreasing R-value and creating air leaks)
  • Many newer homes use steel framing which have "U" and "C" sections, double studs and non-standards stud locations that make insulating a challenge 
What can you do?
  • Consider a product which can: create an air barrier by filling all gaps; stick to surrounding materials; and deliver ideal R-value all in one step
  • Look for insulation like Icynene that's ideal for steel-framed homes, by expanding to fill all (even unusual) spaces and voids that exist between metal stud wall systems 

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    We had our barn insulated with Icynene and we had a special visit from the local gas utility because the fuel consumption was so low!
    Bill Walker, Lethbridge