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.
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.
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.
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!