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Insulation- Erin Loechner

A winter wonderland calls for serious insulation needs.

Well, the weather outside is frightful (I’m still allowed to hum Christmas tunes, right?), so it’s time to think about insulating our sunroom. To be honest, insulation is one of those scary words that sounds so much harder than it truly is — much like furniture plans, mold remediation and wall-paneling. Yet it’s a necessary evil if you live in a city where the above snapshot is your view for a good 4 months out of the year.

Insulation- Erin Loechner

Spray foam insulation was the perfect solution for our sunroom.

Ken and I embarked on quite a bit of research before tackling our insulation project, mainly because insulation can be one of three things: (1) pricey, (2) dangerous and (3) very, very time-consuming. We wanted to bypass all of those fears and come up with a solution that would keep the space warm and our tempers cool. Luckily, we learned about spray-foam insulation, which was the perfect route for the sunroom. Because the beams are still exposed and we haven’t yet dry-walled the space, the spray-foam technique is perfect for insulating each nook and cranny.

The process was foolproof and included spraying the insulation, letting it dry for five minutes (at least) and cutting it down so the insulation is flush with the beams (so everything is in ship shape for drywall). Easy peasy, right? If you’re not feeling up to the task yourself, most any insulation contractor can get the job done.

Insulation- Erin Loechner

Cutting down the dried insulation...

A surefire way to find out if your home is under-insulated? Check your R-factor, which is a fancy guideline for your area’s insulation needs. We used this R-value calculator to determine our home’s recommended insulation needs and found it to be an excellent guideline when figuring how much insulation to apply to certain areas of our home.

Insulation- Erin Loechner

...and finished!

Long story short, a properly insulated home goes a long way in keeping your bills low and your spirits high. We’re already noticing a difference in our sunroom’s comfort level and can’t wait to drywall the space (stay tuned for that reveal in a next few weeks) so it will finally look like a liveable room!

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  3. brrrr says:

    Wow, the spray insulation process will defy gravity? All the pink insulation under our house is falling down. I'm trying to picture myself on my back in our crawl space spraying the insulation you used without having it fall down in my face.

  4. Marty says:

    Spray foam sounds great, but I have one concern. When spray foaming the roof rafters, do I still need to have a baffle, ridge and soffit vents prior to doing this or can I just spray directly to the sheathing.

  5. Cassandra says:

    We live in Ohio and have a lovely sunroom that we would like to use in the fall. However there is no insulation.

    Is it more cost effective to insulate the room or use a electric fireplace?

  6. Bambi says:

    I have heard that spray foam shrinks after 6 or 7 years…is this correct?

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