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Old 12-14-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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foil-faced polyisocyanurate in walls


I've read some about people using extruded polystyrene in walls IN BETWEEN the joists (not layered against the joists on top of existing insulation). A lot of work cutting the foam board and sealing it up, but probably worth it when the high R-value is considered (at least in my opinion). From what I understand, the extruded polystyrene doesn't cause any problems in terms of moisture, since it allows moisture to pass. What about using foil-faced polyisocyanurate instead of extruded polystyrene? A couple questions...

1. What about using foil-faced polyisocyanurate foam board for an even higher R-value? That is, cut, placed, and sealed BETWEEN the wood joists of a wall? Would this create any problems with moisture in the walls? I can't see how, if the entire cavity were filled with ONLY layers of the polyisocyanurate, but maybe I am missing something?

2. Can the polyisocyanurate be used against concrete block walls that are ABOVE grade? I know that extruded polystyrene is OK, but again, would using polyisocyanurate with the foil facing cause any problems by trapping moisture? In this scenario, the polyiso would be layered against concrete block walls, then a new 2x4 wall or furring strips would be installed to serve as framing for drywall.

I appreciate the feedback.

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