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Old 02-07-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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I plan on putting rigid foam on basement walls. Live in NJ. Any difference between Owens Corn Foamular vs Dow Styrofoam? Plan on using 2inch. Only difference I see is price and color and brand. Anything I am missing? Thanks

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Are they both XPS? The Dow I've seen at HD is EPS and has a lower installed R value.

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I believe they are both XPS
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Around here, HD carries the pink Owens Corning and Lowes carries the light green Dow XPS. If both are XPS, both should be rated the same

1" = R5
2" = R10
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for your reading pleasure ..... I myself prefer the Dow, but do your homework do you know what's what

http://building.dow.com/na/en/produc.../rigidfoam.htm
http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedL...romPage=GetDoc

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One absorbs 3 times water, what type of OC? One retains 96% R-value, another 98%..

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Which absorbs more? DOW? Which do you recommend Gary? Whats OC? Sorry, got a newbie here. Learning day by day
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OC = Owens Corning I believe.

Trying to figure out the shorthand here on these forums can be challenging!


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Foamular OC 250. 2inch
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Its either OC foamular 250 2in or Dow Styrofoam square 2in. OC for $37 per 4x8 and Dow for $50 4x8. Dont mind the price diff if im getting a better product.
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For that big of a price difference, figure them equal. The water absorption test is less with OCorn. = 0.10 and Dow= 0.30... not a biggie considering water vapor will keep the board saturated most the year anyway, lol. They used to be the same company till one branched off. Be sure to use a closed grid glue pattern on the concrete, to reduce any air leaks inadvertently made when installing it. Add some 1/2" EXP under the frame wall bottom plate for a thermal/air/capillary break. Air-seal the rim joists with canned foam using extra 2". Use a latex based paint on the drywall. Pictures when done... we love pictures!

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Any tape to seal the foamboard edges to each other or tongue and groove enough? By the way, Gary, your posts are simply great.
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I use Tyvek tape. About $11 a roll at HD. You definitely want to seal the seams.
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I use Tyvek tape. About $11 a roll at HD. You definitely want to seal the seams.
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I'd use canned foam or furnace duct mastic/mesh tape for total air-seal. The c. foam is more flexible, or use some quality caulking or better still; acoustical sealant (best); http://www.liquidnails.com/products/...-sealant-AS825 under the overlap that can give-some with slight movement. The foam boards shrink over time (aging); http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...a-foam-shrinks Just like a rim joist, it's the air leak that will give up the moisture in condensation; http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...l_seal_rev.pdf Of coarse on a wall, the air is going from inside to wall, not both ways as in rim. ADA the drywall to stop air at the first line of defense; http://www.buildingscience.com/docum...wall-approach/

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