Saturday, August 3, 2013

Flip Flopping Again

I realize how crazy this all seems, but when you really get down to it, it’s a little fortuitous, as well. We have been going back and forth with this whole insulation thing, in large part because of SH and his ideas and requirements. Originally we had planned on putting in fiberglass, but then he came along and sort of demanded that we at least use cellulose, preferably foam. It all boiled down to some new state requirement about a minimum R-value for insulation, and how he could be responsible as the contractor.

Anyway, we agreed, and looked into it. We had the insulation guys come and give an estimate, and then we proceeded to prepare for the foaming. It was going to be expensive, all that new technology is, but it was sure as heck going to be well insulated. All was going well and we were on our way to insulation nirvana when SH suddenly stopped showing up. Don’t ask me why, but like virtually every contractor we’ve dealt with, he just disappeared.

Normally this is a complete bummer, but two good things came about from this development. First, we no longer have to adhere to his rigid rules about insulation, and can pretty much do whatever we want. Secondly, since we prepared for the foam, there is a great foundation for insulation in form of rigid form ventilation. With the foam/cellulose, we were shooting for around an R38 value. Using fiberglass and more foam over that, we’re looking at around R35, though it will be several thousand dollars less. True, I have to do the work, but I think the hardest part is done, so there’s a bright side to it. I spoke with my Mentor and KB, and they both gave their seal of approval, which is good enough for me.

This is all theory and conjecture until the job gets done, which as we’ve all seen, is never a given, so I’ll just leave it at that. I will say that our hesitation and reluctance in spending huge chunks of money on insulation did help us out a little, and now we can move forward with the original plan.

I love when that happens. Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Fillie Landi for the pic.

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