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Floor growth

more building progressWe decided to use Reflectix to provide an insulation barrier for the new floor. The next step will be to secure down the joists with the proper brackets so we can actually mount the plywood so it can then grow up to be a nice and respectable floor.

This post is part of our Building a Storage Building from Scratch series.  Read all of the entries:

Part 1: Foundation
Part 2: Floor
Part 3: Walls and scavenging lumber
Part 4: Adding the loft
Part 5: The roof
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Please put fiberglass insulation between your floor joists, vapor harrier up.
Comment by errol Sat Nov 7 07:58:08 2009
I was on the fence about that --- you may have pushed me over to adding the insulation. The Reflectix packaging says that in a floor joist situation, it'll give an R value of 17 (but that's for floor joists 9.5" deep, while ours are only 5.5".) Suggested floor R values for our region are R25 to R30, so you're probably right that we should add some insulation. Too bad we already made our town trip for the week! I'll see what we can dig up out of the barn.
Comment by anna Sat Nov 7 08:41:01 2009

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