"A" frame attic insulation and venting
Asked Nov 20, 2007, 12:42 AM
I am converting my "A" frame attic into a living space. The joists stick out 5" from the roof and are 22" apart. It's an old house and measurements change give or take a half inch from joist to joist. Even though there is no ridge vent there are roof louvers about 3 ' from the peak. I can only find the pink insulation in 15" widths so it is too narrow for a perfect fit between them. I figure the 3 and 1/2 inch thickness will be okay and allow space for air to flow. Not sure if it should be faced or not ( I live in PA if that helps). The roof goes right to the edge of the house so there are no soffit vents. I attached a very crude sketch with two of the ideas I have for insulation. The third would be combining both and insulate both the roof and walls. What type of insulation should I use (the pink stuff, blue styrofoam, etc) and how, plus will the venting be enough or should I ad an exhaust fan of some type? The roof is 32' X 28". I have 6 of the roof louvers to vent it now (2 on each side of my "T" shaped attic). I also though maybye gable vents might work even better since my house is old and dips in the middle a little allowing for more hot air flow towards the ends of the roof. I'm sure they have to be cheaper than ridge venting the whole thing. Thank you for any help or ideas on any of these issues.