opening a ceiling to expose rafters

Old 04-11-02, 06:59 AM
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We have a converted garage. The previous homeowner did a poor job in installing ceiling panels. We want to tear them down and expose the rafters, but am concerned about insulation. How does this work? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. TIA!
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Rafters are the wood members that the form the shape of the roof and if the insulation is in the rafters, then you have a cathedral ceiling in the garage. Ceiling joists are the wood members that run from the bottom of the rafters across the garage to the bottom of the other rafters. In either case taking down the paneling would not affect the insulation, unless it is blown in insulation. It's unlikely that blown in insulation was applied in this area, but not unheard of. The easiest way to determine if insulation is present and what kind is to take down a small section and examine the insulation. Try doing it at the highest point if you do have a cathedral ceiling. If fiber glass batts were used, they were probably stapled into place and you can take down the paneling without disturbing the insulation. Even though the insulation will stay in place with batts, I recommend you take down a smal portion of it to inspect the underlayment and other wood members of the roof structure. If you find moisture damage, you want a professional to take a look at it before you proceed.

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