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Re: [Shop-talk] Options for carport floor?

To: Jim Franklin <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Options for carport floor?
From: Pat Horne <>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 11:17:54 -0600

While it isn't insulation, there is a product out there that will keep 
your from roasting in the summer. Check out radiant barrier. It is 
basically a roll of paper with scrim in it that has aluminum foil on one 
or both sides. It reflects the heat back. You just staple it across the 
bottom of your roof framing. IT is usually perforated so that moisture 
won't build up. If you go with the single sided foil, install it with 
the foil down. If you install it foil side up the efficiency of the foil 
will decrease as dust accumulates on top of it. By putting the foil 
down, the paper gets the dust and it doesn't affect the reflection of 
heat as much. I use double sided barrier my self. Last time I bought 
some was about 5 years ago, and a 4'x100' roll was about $100. You might 
be able to find someone in your area that uses it that will sell or give 
you some of their roll ends to do your garage.

As far as insulation goes, you might consider adding foam insulation to 
the bottom of the framing, but hold the insulation back at the top and 
bottom edges of the roof to allow for air circulation. Sure, it won't be 
as efficient as completely covering the ceiling, but it will be better 
than nothing. Also, check with some professional insulation companies, 
and your local building inspection office.


Thusly spake Jim Franklin, On 12/15/2009 10:22 AM:
> The local lumberyard said even unfaced fiberglass would trap the 
> condensed moisture and rot out the roof.
> I think rigid foam against the decking would also trap moisture 
> migrating through the joists and into the decking.
> There isn't enough room to put in a false ceiling.
> It'd probably be cheaper for us to tear down & rebuild the garage than 
> to have spray foam installed.
> Am I missing any options?
> thanks,
> jim
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