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Weekend Warrior

04:28AM | 02/12/05
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
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Currently have open frame cathedral ceiling with aprox 7" exposure on the beams. I think there is approx 6-8" of air space between the ceiling and roofing material, but I am not sure. I need to insulate the ceiling but I only see 2 option each with it's own problem(s):

1: Use rigid insulaton to insulate between the beams and cover that with (something). Problems- what to cover rigid with and how to attach it, cost and, near as i can tell 2" of rigid will only net about R-13.

2: Attach 2x's to beams to attach drywall to and insulate between beams with fiberglass insul. Problems- mainly, I will loose quite a bit of exposure which on the beams.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Weekend Warrior

01:47AM | 02/15/05
Member Since: 11/29/02
106 lifetime posts
Still looking for any suggestions/comments on this

david_wv

02:16PM | 02/22/05
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
With the foam board, you may be able to glue to whatever is up there. The stuff is pretty light really. Two layer of foam board leaves about 3" exposure of the beams. Maybe even 1" is enough for visual. Tape the seams and plaster a texture on.

One option:

Pull down ceiling between beams.

Install the eave vent troughs all the way up to the ridge vent to keep air flowing along roofing.

Install fiberglass batts or foam board for high R value.

Put up new ceiling with just a couple inches of the beams sticking down for visual effect.

May be way more than you wanted to do.
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