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Old 11-02-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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I live in a two BR house on a slab. In the master BR, we had it redone a few yrs back. All new drywall and I even had some insulation put in the two outside walls, Owens Corning pink styrofoam, about 2 in. thick. there's also some insualtion in the attic above, R-19. But, the bedroom is still as cold as ever, especially along the outside walls and in the corner and the floors(laminate), get really cold. the other bedroom is about the same and that was never redone, though there is some unsulation upstairs. Any ideas on how to make it warmer and more comfortable in there. Or is that just the way it goes living on a solid foundation.

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Stop the air loss first.

Caulk the bottom of the drywall to the slab if you can get a caulking gun in there.

Seal up the top plates of the wall from the attic.

Add more insulation. R-19 is not nearly enough no matter what part of the country you are in.

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Thanks for the reply. Now, what about the outside along the bottom of the house. The house itself is cinder block with a type of siding on it like they used to put on older houses many years back. Sort of like a fiber board with the facing like roof shingles, and then vinyl siding on top of that. But the bottom of the house, the block, is exposed to the outside and every few years, I would paint it blue to contrast with the vinyl. Could that be why the floors are so cold? Air could be coming up underneath the siding and working it's way into the house or just radiating through the exposed block. Should I put something on there to cover it up or maybe just use spray foam to seal up any openings at the bottom of the siding.
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Your drywall layer is your air barrier. Caulk there first.

Depending on how much block is exposed, that could be a pathway for heat loss from the slab. Stop the air movement first.
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