Insulating a cathedral ceiling right the first time can save you a lot of headaches in the future, which is why it’s so important to know what the best insulation option is to get the job done.
If you’re looking for insulating a cathedral ceiling advice, RetroFoam of Michigan has you covered. We have insulated our fair share of cathedral ceilings, so we can explain to you what materials are the best fit.
You’re looking for information and we’re here to help. Here we’ll discuss the top three options – cellulose, fiberglass, and open cell spray foam.
Best Way to Insulate Cathedral Ceiling
When it comes to insulating your new home there are likely a lot of things you want, like energy efficiency and making sure your home is comfortable, as well as healthy.
Your insulation dreams can come true if you choose the right insulation material right from the beginning.
Let’s take a look at your cathedral ceiling insulation options and the pros and cons that go along with them.
Cellulose Cathedral Ceiling Insulation
Cellulose insulation can be installed in your cathedral ceiling, but it can be a tricky installation.
If your insulation contractor isn’t using wet applied cellulose, then they would have to staple a fine mesh screen to the underside of the roof trusses. They would then place the hose towards the top and fill in behind the mesh with cellulose.
Open cell spray foam is a better fit for cathedral ceilings when compared to closed cell because of its expanding capabilities. During the installation, the foam is sprayed on the underside of the roof. Open cell has a high expansion rate when applied, which means it fills all of the nooks and crannies.
While both create an air seal, closed cell doesn’t have that same expansion rate that open cell has.
Creates an air seal that prevents air leakage into and out of the home.
Fills all of the nooks and crannies in the cathedral ceiling.
Some spray foams use water as a blowing agent, so it is safe for your home and the environment and has no odor.
In conjunction with spray foam throughout the entire home, the building envelope is sealed creating a comfortable and energy efficient home.
Spray foam is more expensive than traditional insulation options.
Some spray foams on the market have an odor after installation.
If installed improperly, the spray foam may not fill all of the cavities in the cathedral ceiling.
Choosing the Best Cathedral Ceiling Insulation
When it comes to the best cathedral ceiling insulation, it comes down to what your wants and needs.
If you want to go with a cheaper option, that’s your prerogative. That’s why it’s important to keep those pros and cons in mind before you buy.
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