Q. We are in the midst of lavatory renovations on a dwelling designed in 1950. After opening up a section of the ceiling in the upstairs lavatory, we identified what seems like layered black crepe paper utilized as insulation. It is very friable. Really should we change ir or insert fashionable insulation. Could doing do cause issues with snowmelt on the roof, which is virtually flat? We are presuming that other regions of the home also have crepe paper or quite possibly no insulation. We are hesitant to swap all of the insulation at once.
A. We always eliminate and change all the old existing insulation that we can. More mature insulation is considerably inferior to what we have currently. What minimal R worth it had when new is pretty much absolutely gone by now. At the time we eliminate the aged insulation and run the new utilities, we install closed-cell insulation where attainable. It seems as if you can use that in the ceiling. Installing new insulation less than that virtually flat roof should assistance stop ice dams in that location since weak insulation is the main trigger. But other sections of your roof will remain susceptible.
Q. We are elderly and have to have a stroll-in shower, but we have only showers with tubs on all three flooring of our dwelling. How long do we will need to proceed on in the household to make these types of a conversion worthwhile financially?
A. You can’t place a selling price on currently being harmless in your home, specially in bogs, where quite a few residence accidents take place. We generally recommend clients to test to preserve at the very least a single tub in the home this is crucial for future purchasers with modest young children. If you were to exchange a tub in your major bathroom with a stroll-in (curbless) shower, it would most likely increase the value of your household. Most important baths with a shower are significantly far more practical and well-known than a traditional tub arrangement. In my brain there is no compelling cause not to transform at minimum one particular of your tubs to a shower.
Mark Philben is the undertaking advancement manager at Charlie Allen Renovations in Cambridge. Send out your issues to [email protected]. Queries are subject matter to modifying.
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