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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 have a ceramic floor above the garage and in the winter, the floor would often be 18 degrees colder than the room temperature. After removing the fiberglass and adding Icynene, the temperature difference is now less than 2 degrees, and we no longer have frozen pipes.
    Todd & Jeri,