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Please help me to add insulation to cathedral ceiling.

This is in an older condo complex located in a ski resort. I have no way to add insulation on the roof.

Could one add rigid Polyisocyanurate (ISO) panels on the inside. In between the exposed trusses. Is that realistic? I don't know how to attached them to the ceiling. Quite sure glue wouldn't be strong enough.

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Any suggestions?

Asked by pete rosegardner
Posted Oct 25, 2011 11:57 PM ET
Edited Oct 26, 2011 4:21 AM ET

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Pete,
Yes, it's possible to add polyisocyanurate to your existing tongue-and-groove board ceiling. Since you noted, "I don't know how to attach them to the ceiling," you might want to hire a contractor for the job.

Here are the necessary steps:

1. Attach one or more layers of polyiso to the existing ceiling with cap nails.

2. Seal the perimeter of the polyiso with canned spray foam and seal the seams with foil tape.

3. Install gypsum wallboard with long screws, or install furring strips, 16 inches on center, with long screws, followed by drywall. The screws will help hold the insulation to the ceiling, so be sure you have enough of them.

4. Tape and finish the drywall.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Oct 26, 2011 4:26 AM ET

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Thanks Martin. I was thinking of adding 4"-6" of polyiso, is that advisable? With that kind of thickness, I don't think screws are long enough, how can one attach them?

Answered by pete rosegardner
Posted Oct 26, 2011 10:46 AM ET

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Pete,
It's certainly possible to buy 8 inch or 10 inch screws. If you can't find them locally, buy them from a website.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Oct 26, 2011 1:05 PM ET

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wow, 10" screws are awesome. What size should I use? like a 10?

Answered by pete rosegardner
Posted Oct 26, 2011 4:43 PM ET

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Pete,
Obviously, it depends on the thickness of your foam, and whether or not you intend to install furring strips. Do the math!

If you are screwing into 5/4" or 2-inch boards, you don't want your screws to extend beyond the boards you are screwing into.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Oct 26, 2011 4:49 PM ET
Edited Oct 27, 2011 9:22 AM ET.

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Pete,

Make sure that you know what's behind the face. Drill a small hole at an edge of one of the roof bays through the T&G to find out how thick they are. If there is an electrical box in the roof, open that up to see what you can find.

The big thing would be to not run a screw through your roofing. Don't guess!

Answered by albert rooks
Posted Oct 27, 2011 8:54 AM ET
Edited Oct 27, 2011 8:56 AM ET.

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