That ‘crepe paper’ in the ceiling isn’t from New Year’s past

Dwelling Improvement

Plus, is replacing a tub with a walk-in shower worthy of the price at resale?

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Q. We are in the midst of rest room renovations on a home constructed in 1950. Right after opening up a segment of the ceiling in the upstairs lavatory, we found what appears to be like layered black crepe paper used as insulation. It is extremely friable. Really should we switch ir or insert contemporary insulation. Could executing do bring about troubles with snowmelt on the roof, which is nearly flat? We are presuming that other places of the residence also have crepe paper or quite possibly no insulation. We are hesitant to change all of the insulation at as soon as.


A. We constantly take out and change all the old present insulation that we can. More mature insulation is far inferior to what we have right now. What minimal R price it experienced when new is pretty much fully long gone by now. Once we clear away the outdated insulation and operate the new utilities, we install shut-mobile insulation the place doable. It sounds as if you can use that in the ceiling. Setting up new insulation below that virtually flat roof need to support stop ice dams in that space for the reason that weak insulation is the major trigger. But other sections of your roof will continue being vulnerable.

Q. We are elderly and require a walk-in shower, but we have only showers with tubs on all a few flooring of our residence. How lengthy do we have to have to continue on in the property to make this sort of a conversion worthwhile monetarily?


A. You cannot set a rate on remaining secure in your house, in particular in bogs, wherever numerous residence accidents occur. We usually advise clientele to test to keep at least one particular tub in the home this is vital for future prospective buyers with smaller little ones. If you have been to substitute a tub in your key bathroom with a wander-in (curbless) shower, it would most probably improve the worth of your household. Major baths with a shower are considerably a lot more sensible and preferred than a common tub arrangement. In my mind there is no powerful rationale not to convert at least 1 of your tubs to a shower.

Mark Philben is the challenge improvement supervisor at Charlie Allen Renovations in Cambridge. Mail your issues to [email protected]. Questions are subject matter to editing.

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