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  1. #1
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    Apr 2011

    Question Insulating with open cell/closed cell foam.

    My house is 32 years old and we are contemplating using open cell foam insulation in the attics on the rafters and closed cell foam in the floors with a heavy plastic that covers the crawl space. Can anyone tell us if this will cause a moisture problem? Our house is stucco with four different roof levels (if this makes a difference). Also, It will cost $8000.00 to do this. Will the energy savings off set the cost?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Fayette County, Ohio

    Default Re: Insulating with open cell/closed cell foam.

    You don't provide enough information to even guess at savings by insulating. You really need an energy audit to tell you pay back time.

    Open cell foam will pass water through, say from a roof leak, and generally needs to be removed once wet. I would use closed cell in the attic and open cell in the floors. That way any roof leak will not leak through to the ceiling and any water dumped on the floor can go through the open cell foam to the crawl space.

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