So we dragged it all up there and got busy covering all that empty flooring.
This is the east side of the house you're looking at. And here is the other side that has all our crap stored in it....do you like my mini Case pedal tractor?
Most of the insulation up here already was either an old rolled-up kind, or even older blown-in stuff - so anything we added was going to be an improvement. We made sure to overlap the old pink stuff.
To put the cherry on top, I sprang for some radiant barrier foil to lay on top of the insulation. It is supposed to create an extra layer of protection against heat and cold when added to fiberglass insulation.
It is so easy to lay it down, no special tools needed - except a pole or broom to help push the edges down. There is supposed to be an inch or two in between the insulation and the foil, without that gap the barrier won't work. Sounds good to me!So easy!
It looks like a big pan of leftovers up here now.
Even with all this, we still don't have the 'recommended' R value for WI. That is somewhere around 50-60. I estimate we have about 40 up here, but I'm not about to add more now. Ah, things you wish you knew before a project starts!
Now all our stuff lives just to the right of the attic ladder where no bedrooms are. Who needs insulation above a hallway, right?
The foil was $130 and the insulation rolls were just $88 after a mail-in rebate. Now, if only I had a foolproof way to tell if it was helping!