Architect spec'd 6" of open cell foam in rafter cavities directly below roof. At what thickness does OC foam become enough?

Asked by Paul McTrim
Hilton Head Island, SC

Architect also spec'd bituthene on roof deck.


Jason Kliwinski

Answered by Jason Kliwinski

Lambertville, NJ

The Green Living and Building Center

April 4, 2011

R38 or higher is the value I always try to get to on a roof.

  • Open cell foam has an R value of about 3.5 per inch.
  • So 6 inches of open cell foam yields only R19.

If your rafters are not that deep I would recommend considering closed cell foam instead which has double the R value per inch.


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