Insulating rafter bays with sistered roof rafters
I have a newly constructed home in Massachusetts, built to minimum energy standards (or maybe a little below).
The attic is unfinished, but the builder planned to finish it one day so he insulated the 2×10 rafters with a “flash & batt” approach. There are 4 inches of a sprayed on foam in the rafter bays (I would guess R-24 to R-28) and 3.5 inches of R-15 fiberglass. The fiberglass is held in place with vinyl straps and a layer of Membrain vapor barrier. There are soffit vents and a ridge vent, but these appear to be unused and blocked by the foam, at least in the rafter bays.
The problem is that part of the roof has a span too long for a 2×10, so there are sistered 2×10 rafters (basically a 4×10 with a crack down the middle, still on 16″ centers). I can look between the sistered rafters, and see daylight through the clear membrain and the soffit vents. I’m worried about thermal bridging from the roof assembly having twice as much wood per 16 inches, but also about condensation from warm humid outside air hitting coming through the soffit vents and hitting the vapor barrier.
What are my options for sealing between the sistered beams? Should I add a piece of trim below the soffit to seal it for good, and caulk/foam that trim in place? Should I cut away some of the vapor barrier and add caulk from the inside? Should I assemble 2x4s perpendicular to the rafters and add thin fiberglas insulation (I can probably add R-10 before I get too concerned about condensation) to combat thermal bridging?
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