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asmagnolia

10:03AM | 04/11/04
Member Since: 07/12/03
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Our 3 floor home is almost ready for insulation. We have requested the builder include sound insulation, however, we can no longer trust the builder to look out for our best interests. We need to know specifics as to what you would recommend for regular insulation and sound insulation so that we can make certain we get what we need before dry walls go up. We have told the builder that insulation is very important to us for more energy efficient home and sound. Thank you.

homebild

02:40PM | 04/11/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
There is very little one can do with insulation alone to reduce the noise or increase the sound deterance of a home.

Adding fiberglass batts to interior partition walls will help to a very small degree but will do little in actuality to make your house any 'quieter'.

If you require special sound reduction techniques for particular reasons, you need to consult and architect or engineer who can make structural (and costly) recommendations on how to have a quieter house.

If anything you as ther owner need to find out what techniques are available to you and why.

As far as building code goes, your builder may be required to provide as little as R-11 in exterior walls and R-19 in ceilings and meet all requirements under the laws of your locale. Ask your local code enforecment office what minimum insulation requirements may be for your region.


asmagnolia

09:43AM | 04/12/04
Member Since: 07/12/03
18 lifetime posts
Checked into the insulation a little more and learned only that required to meet code was planned for our house. For the purpose of insulation (3 floors), what would you recommend? Thank you for your response.

homebild

02:09PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
For the purpose of insulation, your builder may have also provided the maximum with which you can apply to walls, joists, and rafters of the size you agreed to.

Only other place to increase insulation if that is the case is on the sheathing under the siding with rigid foam.

asmagnolia

12:35PM | 05/12/04
Member Since: 07/12/03
18 lifetime posts
Homebild, thanks so much for your help. Everything I have picked up at this site has assisted us sooooooo much. Because of your help, and others like you, we have known what questions to ask, more informed as to what to expect, and we actually "appear" to know what we are doing, whether we do or not! Again, thank you so much.
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