Q: Going to "inexpensively" fix up attic as a craft room. Not using drywall or plywood on ceiling. What insulation can I use in ceiling.
It's too expensive and too hard to get drywall or plywood in attic but ceiling has exposed roofing nails that I could easily run through my head when I stood up. What kind of insulation can I use that will insulate, cover exposed nails and look half-way decent. I'm going to paint the ceiling to make it look nicer but can't think of what to use as insulation. Thank you for your time. Eilene
Owens Corning makes a couple of different kinds of styrofoam type insulation that might work. I can post more details once I'm back at work, but here's a bit of info, and remember that this is to the best of my knowledge...
One is pink, can be had in 1, 1 1/2, and 2 inch thicknesses, and is generally used around foundations. What doesn't get buried needs to have something over it (some sort of stucco or vinyl) as sunlight causes it to deteriorate. This shouldn't matter inside though. I believe the 2" has about an R-10 value. They come in 2x8 foot sheets, and have tongue and groove edges.
The other type is called Energy Shield. It comes in the same thicknesses, but only in 4x8 foot sheets. It has foil facing on both sides. The R value is better, but I can't remember how much.
At http:www/moultonlumber.com (where I work) the Energy shield is cheaper per square foot than the other stuff. For inside applications, or real oddball things customers are trying to insulate, I try and talk them into that.
As far as painting or covering it somehow, I've got nothing. Give us a holler at the lumber yard, or try askthebuilder.com, or just google. Good luck
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