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#1 posted 11-28-2018 05:26 PM

Dak, what your proposing will definitely work. However i m not convinced it would be a whole lot cheaper than 4×8 foam, materials sure but how about labor to install (and you wouldn t have the itch for week).. If your trying to get by with minimum you could get by with 1”.
My other thought is that even though you may not be here for long, I think you could make the proper improvements and recover when you sell very easily.

- Snipes

I’m considering my time free, so I wont add that to the actual cost. I guess my thoughts are that the more insulation (R value) the better, in terms of stopping condensation. I want that steel to stay cold in the winter. I think the 3.5” cold air gap between the girts will help a lot. I’m not sure 1” of foam will be enough R value to hold in that heat. With fiberglass, I can do a R-19 fairly cheap, compared to getting the same R-value with 4×8 foam.

Like I said previously, I will not be heating the garage/shop continuously. Probably less than 15 days all winter. Maybe I dont need as much R-value as I think? I want to make sure I can hold in some heat, and also not cause a ton of condensation….

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