October 14, 2008
Dreading this year’s oil bills, my husband and I took the plunge and did what I’m always suggesting to my clients – we had insulation installed in our attic and parts of our basement. We have a 1796 house that leaks ‘like a sieve’ and decided to take a stab at improving it. The roof is the most important place to start as most heat-loss and gain happens there.
Our attic…..before. Nothing in the rafter spaces and old batt insulation and loose cellulose at the attic floor. We wanted to use soy-based insulation, which provides a great ‘R value’, has the ability to move into the many gaps in our old house, and is primarily made with renewable materials, see www.biobased.net to learn more.
We talked to our friends at The Green Cocoon, and they estimate that with this additional insulation, the investment should pay for itself in just two years.
Jim Materkowski from the GreenCocoon installed soy spray foam insulation – he was at the house for about a day. The foam sprays on like shaving cream, expands and hardens.
The ‘finished’ product! The attic is too low to ever use as a finished space, so we asked that Jim give us the thickest installation possible. If we were going to add drywall to the rafters, he’d have to cut back the insulation for a smooth finish. Contact www.thegreencocoon.com for more information.