How do you insulate a home in Michigan that has a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams and no insulation? Roof is shingled.

Asked by Claudia Ruehle
Lansing, MI

Boards on roof that are exposed to inside are 1 3/4" tongue-and-groove.


Danny Kelly

Answered by Danny Kelly

Charlotte, NC

Kelly McArdle Construction

August 24, 2010

There are two options.  

One, install insulation on the bottom of the roof sheathing and install a new finished ceiling on the bottom of the beams.

  • Spray foam is an option to consider to spray directly to the bottom of the roof decking -- this will basically create an unvented roof.
  • Any other type of insulation -- fiberglass batts, blown-in cellulose, etc. -- will require you to create a vent channel to vent the roof assembly.

The other option is to remove the shingles and install rigid foam on the top side of the roof and then reinstall the shingles.


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