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    Attic insulation (5 Posts)

  • Techman Techman @ 3:20 PM
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    Attic insulation

    what is the story with/without a vapor barrier in the ceiling in a 30-40 year old house. Does the vapor barrier make a difference in a loose vs. a tight envelope? Tks! I'm thinking about mold growing in the insulation.
    This post was edited by an admin on March 20, 2013 3:21 PM.
  • BillW BillW @ 7:53 PM
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    Vapor barrier

    The vapor barrier goes on the bottom of the insulation batts,toward the occupied space to prevent moisture from there migrating into the attic and condensing.  Potential mold, water stains, insulation failure and a lot of other problems can result.  Moisture barriers are built into one side of the fiberglass batts, or if you are using loose fil, blown-in or other insulation, plastic membrane is used first.  Additional insulation, when placed on top of the existing insulation should not have a vapor barrier.
  • heatpro02920 heatpro02920 @ 9:27 PM
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    Bills got it rite

    vapor barrier towards occupied space and if adding to existing insulation use non barrier materials...
    For attics IMO the more insulation the better, I come home and the snow is off all my neighbors roofs, but mine is barely melted, that means me energy is staying in my house... When I built this house, I went VERY tight, walls are all 2x8 and 2x6, with as much insulation as humanly possible, the tightest doors and windows, we even have draft tight insulated receptacle boxes, but I have a heat recovery ventilation unit to take care of the "stale air" issues...
  • RobG RobG @ 3:53 PM
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    Ghost in the machine

    I am posting this at 3:50 pm e.s.t. and Heat-Pro and BillW somehow posted hours ahead of the actual time? I must be going crazy?
  • BillW BillW @ 4:10 PM
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    This thread started in March.

    I answered this post back in March, and Heatpro responded sometime later in April.  May be a computer glitch.
    This post was edited by an admin on May 22, 2013 4:12 PM.
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