||01-24-2009 09:53 AM
- I'm finishing off my basement. It's a small room (about 300 sq. ft.)
- The furnace and sump pump have already been boxed off with studs.
- The rest of the walls have metal furring strips, which the drywall will attach to later.
- It's directly below our living room.
- The basement is almost entirely undergound. The parts that aren't are adjacent to the garage and another room in the basement (split level).
- Should I use insulation downstairs? Our area is rated for R11.
- Can I get those blue or pink sheets or do I need fiberglass?
- The reason I didn't get studs was because it took more room in an already small area. I figured some insulation (even if below R11) was better than none.
- Would it be worth removing the metal furring strips and replacing with studs? This will be our new family room (tv, video games, etc.)
||01-25-2009 06:23 PM
Depends where you live, you must live somewhere with warm climate all year around. If you are concerned about space you could use rigid insulation(1.5",2", 2.5") to bring up your r value with min space.
||01-25-2009 10:12 PM
Studs are more preferable. You can run receptacles in them and mechanicals. You also need a vapor barrier in the basement. Insulation is a good idea but you can just butt fiberglass up against the concrete. Concrete is like a sponge and you'll have moldy fiberglass in no time. Foam is a better idea...closed cell, because it will insulate and create a vapor at the same time.
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