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re-Verse 09-01-2012 07:21 PM

Insulating a cathedral ceiling
My wife and I recently bought a house, and recently found out between the cathedral ceiling and the roof there is zero insulation - only a 8-10 inch gap.

We live in Chicago - obviously this is a problem.

My question is this: Is there a way to resolve this without pulling down the drywall? We just had twins and can't afford to do a ton of renovation. If there is a way we can resolve this with minimal work and expense, it would be amazing.

Any idea, DIY pros?

joecaption 09-01-2012 07:25 PM

How did you figure out it has no insulation?
How old is this house?

re-Verse 09-01-2012 07:44 PM

House was built in the late 1800s.

We got the house last year, and we noticed it was immediately freezing cold in the house upstairs, and the upstairs furnace would run all the time. Our heating bills were around $600 a month. The second the furnace would turn off you'd feel a creeping cold in the air, and within a minute or two the furnace would be back on. This year, its a bit different. While last year we just accepted it and bundled up, this year we're on a single income, with 2 very small babies in the house. They had their share of health scares when they were born, and I really don't want to put them in any risk.

I drilled holes in the ceiling drywall in a couple places, and stuck a mirror and flashlight in - there is nothing in there at all. When the sellers renovated from an attic to a cathedral ceiling, they just cut corners and put nothing in there at all. Luckily, it does look like the walls are insulated.

scottktmrider 09-02-2012 10:26 PM

Call an insulating co.they have ways to blow it in small areas like you have.Will pay off in the long run.

Windows on Wash 09-03-2012 11:40 AM

Is that section vented?

Post up some pictures.

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