Insulating a clapboard house

mikael3August 7, 2008

We have gutted a ca. 1910 house in Atlanta, GA, and we are ready to insulate before hanging drywall. Since we're down to the studs, I want to take the opportunity now to do this right. What bothers me is that when I'm in the house, I feel like I'm in a barn. The pine siding is nailed right to the studs, and even though there aren't many cracks, the air easily blows through all the separations in the wood.

Do I just hang the pink stuff between the studs? Should I use some sort of liner over that siding first? Should I consider sprayed-on insulation? My fear with the sprayed stuff is that it will seep through the siding to the outside.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Check the forums at Insulation has been discussed many times, for all types of homes.

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    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 9:13PM
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Insulation properly installed will take the drafts away.
Installing any type of plastic on the inside of the house will promote mold and mildew.
They didn't have Tyvek when theu built your house.
Additionally blown in cellulous is good too. But since you have the inside wall open, fiberglass would be the way to go.

All the best,

the PorchGuy

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    Bookmark   August 7, 2008 at 10:02PM
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