I have many issues with my house where should I start?

Bryan Squirrell Published: Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m.Last updated: Sept. 30, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

My house was built in the Late 1940 - early 1950's, it is a farm buglalow with an addition in 1973, a poured concrete basement and concrete block foundation addition. The basement is not insulated, the roof has very little insulation with vermiculite ( been tested ok) in the attic.  I wanted to find out where to start, eg. should I seal the house, then insulate the outside basement wall, to the roof, then re-side the house, and insulate roof.  Or insulate inside basement walls, and insulate the roof.  What is the best product to proceed with?

Should vermiculite be removed of put Rockwool over? Or another product?



Responses (1)

Mike Reynolds Sept. 30, 2019, 12:48 p.m. Reply

Hi Bryan

Vermiculite can often be contaminated with Asbestos, so I assume that is the testing that you did, and great if it came out pure. If you have determined that there is no safety risk in keeping the Vermiculite in your attic and you plan to insulate over top of it, be sure that it is properly vented at the soffits and with a roof peak vent. You could use Rockwool batts, I don’t believe they still provide a loose fill insulation. Alternatively you could use loose blown cellulose insulation

As for  your question about sealing it, that is a very wise idea. You could have a blower test performed to see how leaky the house is, that can also help you pinpoint any breaches in your air barrier so you can find and fix them. 

That list of questions is pretty long, and I think the best place for you to start is figuring out what your budget is to make repairs, as that is a rather extensive list. 
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