Dense-packed cellulose might go extinct
I apologize for the clickbait title, but it seems all of the insulation contractors in my area are very wary of dense-packed cellulose in walls and often say, “we normally don’t do cellulose in walls anymore.” Part of their reluctance in my situation is attributed to my dpuble stud 10 1/4″ thick walls that are 24″ o.c. They think it will settle and bulge out. Still, I think even if I had standard 2×6 walls, 16″ o.c., they would all try to convince me to do spray foam and offer a lower price to do it.
I’ve spoken to 6 insulation contractors and only one agreed to do dense-packed cellulose and it was a pain to get them to give me an estimate, which is scary since it’s a sign they might not commit to doing it well. I even sent them this video that shows Natural Fiber representatives dense-packing a 12″ thick wall. Even after they claimed that they watched the video, they were still trying to sell me on spray foam.
In any case, we agreed to do a test of the dense-packed cellulose. If it doesn’t work out or they half-ass the job, I might have to end up going with spray foam after all.
My only other option is wet spray cellulose as much as they can and then fill in the rest of my walls with batt insulation.
What do you all think? I’m trying to avoid spray foam in the walls, but it’s looking like the best option in my area.
Here’s some pics of the house so far.
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