Insulation Anyone?

After Dave had installed plumbing and running electrical lines, it was time by early August to put up insulation.  He had the great guys at Midlakes Sprayfoam come in.  They were quick, friendly, and cleaned everything up in one day.  Dave thought it best to do a combination of spray foam on the exterior walls and part way up the ceiling, and then use fiberglass in the ceiling and Roxul (rock wool insulation) in the interior walls for both soundproofing and insulation.

I admit I was sorely disappointed we were unable to obtain the recycled denim I had my heart set upon for the interior walls, but the only distributor here in the Finger Lakes has since stopped carrying it.  I even went so far as to try and have my David bring several rolls of it home whilst he was in Texas!  I will plan ahead for when we renovate the first floor and order it from Lowe’s or Home Depot well in advance.  Most of you probably have never even heard of using recycled denim for insulation, but I saw it on a “This Old House” project in Savannah (I believe) back in the late 90s and loved the idea of it being recycled and “green.”  It is very popular in Ohio and the Midwest, but apparently has yet to catch on here in New York.  Maybe we can change that!

The fellows at Midlakes arrived promptly at 0800, whilst I was frantically trying to finish vacuuming up the “junk” at floor level along the exterior walls.  God bless Dave for helping me finish up.  Then the guys tacked “film” on all the windows and floors so as to not get the foam all over them.  They were completely done and off by 1500 hours.

I was all worried about there being formaldehyde in the foam from another company’s brochure I had procured several years ago, but I have since learned NO spray foam has formaldehyde.  Rather, THAT company’s brochure stated their foam did NOT have it, which implied that other foam DID.  Creative marketing, but rather misleading to a unsuspecting homeowner like myself.  I say shame on them!

Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for more work done in tomorrow’s post.

Blessings,

Lorraine

One of the friendly guys from Midlakes.  Dave really enjoyed working with them!
One of the friendly guys from Midlakes. Dave really enjoyed working with them!
The foam expands and then must be trimmed and this is the result--cool!
The foam expands and then must be trimmed and this is the result–cool in the summer and warm in winter–what a treat!
Dave installed a whole-house fan system, which required him using fiberglass in the ceiling, rather than spray foam.
Dave installed a whole-house fan system, which required him using fiberglass in the ceiling, rather than spray foam.
One of the interior walls with Roxul--easy to install and no special equipment.
One of the interior walls with Roxul–easy to install and no special equipment.
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