Attic / roof air sealing and insulating
I am a novice DIY trying to avoid mistakes. This house is in Iowa.
I have a house and am renovating before occupying. The first goal is air sealing and the first project was the rim joists.
Now I am preparing to seal and insulate the attic, which I think in this case would require sealing and insulating the roof.
The finished attic has two main rooms. The photos show the progression from the top of the stairs into a type of crawl space adjacent to the first room. Some of the paneling has fallen within the crawl space so I can see the roof rafters and sheathing, though I have not inspected closely.
My guess is the roof / attic are only slightly sealed and insulated. Part of the gutter fell this winter after ice dams formed.
My question is, should I simply remove the paneling throughout to get a better look at and access to the roof? I hope to insulate it myself if there is not any rot or mold. I could remove part of the paneling, work on the roof, and then do another section. If there is mold or water damage I would probably have to hire that work done.
I am having trouble envisioning what would be the appropriate thermal envelope. As I spend more time on it I think I will get a better idea. Thank you.
Posted Feb 13, 2013 6:40 PM ET
Edited Feb 14, 2013 5:21 AM ET
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