Attic Insulation


Old 11-14-03, 10:45 AM
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Question Attic Insulation

My wife and I would like to add insulation to our attic which currently has vermiculite insulation and no rafter insulation. The house was built in 1911 and the insultation was added over time.

1. What would be the best method of adding insulation?
2. Should we have a contractor remove the vermiculite insulation then add more modern insultation?
3. Everntually we would like to finish the attic and make it actually part of the house (thus providing a fantastic view of Mt Rainier)

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Old 11-14-03, 09:04 PM
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Ordinarily, you would just add loose or batt insulation to reach the recommended R value. You can leave the old insulation in place. There is not much point in throwing it out then having to replace it. Besides, if the vermiculite has asbestos in it, it will cost a fortune to remove it.

Asbestos is always considered dangerous.

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Gaining some extra space in the attic can be quite attractive.

Hope this helps.
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