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Michael7777 01-01-2012 11:43 PM

Need help with foam insulation on my home. I was told that the foam is used to seal every area of attic so there will be no air flow. I have vents, is it ok that they will have no use anymore?

DangerMouse 01-02-2012 05:43 AM

If you mean soffit vents, you do not seal those with foam or cellulose. They should have baffles to allow air flow through the attic, but not down below to the home.


Michael7777 01-02-2012 12:30 PM

I was told that they seal everything in the attic to not allow humidity to come in . It's acts as a cooler in the attic. He said if you allow the moisture to get in that it makes everything worse

DangerMouse 01-02-2012 02:01 PM

More information needed.


Michael7777 01-02-2012 02:29 PM

I live in Florida .

DangerMouse 01-02-2012 02:40 PM

Perhaps we should start with "who told you this?" And maybe roof type/pitch?
Photos are always worth a thousand words here. :)


Michael7777 01-02-2012 02:58 PM

Both insulation companies who came out to give me an estimate.

Michael7777 01-02-2012 03:07 PM

I have a tile roof.

DangerMouse 01-02-2012 03:52 PM

I can move this to roofing if you wish, the guys there can help you better than I can with this.


Gary in WA 01-02-2012 04:49 PM

1. So you must have your HVAC in the attic, with all the ducting, is that correct?

2. How thick a layer are we talking about?

3. Will they add fibrous insulation after that?

4. Where will they be spraying? Joists, rafters, ?


Michael7777 01-02-2012 04:49 PM

Ok. Thank you

Michael7777 01-02-2012 04:57 PM

The house is CBS construction. I live in Florida. They are apparently going to spray the tie beams above the ceiling and the roof. The spray foam will be about 5 inches thick which will be a little bit higher than what the 2 by 4 is

Michael7777 01-02-2012 04:57 PM

No fibrous material after

Michael7777 01-02-2012 04:58 PM

Hvac?? There are ducts in the attic . It's a one story home

Gary in WA 01-02-2012 05:19 PM

Good to go:

They all say the same thing, just a different slant. The last one is the paper the second one is from.

And the IRC: "The IRC also prohibits a vapor retarder on the attic floor of conditioned attics so that any moisture that may build up in the attic can dissipate into the house. If wood shingles or shakes are used, a -inch air gap must be left above the roof sheathing, but below the shingles or shakes and roofing felt" Read the whole article:


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