by • March 4, 2014 • UncategorizedComments (8)934

Vote for me! Best Blogger Award Contest

Ok so this is a bit self-promoting, but…
I have been nominated as Best Blogger in the 2014 JDR Industry Blogger Awards! Voting is now open. Please vote for me here today!


Matt Risinger
Risinger Homes in Austin, TX

Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that specializes in Architect driven and fine craftsmanship work. We utilize an in-house carpentry staff and the latest building science research to build dramatically more efficient, healthy and durable homes.
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  • I just voted Matt. You had 52% of the votes with the next closest being two blogs with 13.7% each. Hope it keeps going that way! You definitely deserve it!

    • Thanks Ryan! Over 50%, sound like I’m in the lead!

  • JG

    Hi Matt. I’m voting for you also. I have just about finished watching and reading the whole site and feel much more informed about decisions on remodeling our 100 yr home up in Georgetown. We are also adding some new space and are definitely wanting to condition the attic of the new space, but are leaning toward sealing off that attic space from the old, very ventilated attic space. A key question I’m having a hard time getting an informed answer to is, does it make any sense to close off and condition the old attic if we are not retrofitting leaky old windows and there is no vapor barrier at all on the old part. Thanks again for your jr. building science classes!

    • JG, Very cool of you to comment, and I’m glad you got my Junior BS Class! Your question is a hard one to answer with looking at the situation. I would err on the side of caution for conditioning that attic if you’re not doing an extensive remodel. If your roof is leaking without your knowledge (i.e. wetting the felt underlayment) then the roof deck may be drying to the ventilated attic without be apparent. Then by decreasing the drying potential by conditioning that attic you might find unintended consequences. I would do Best Practice methods where you know you can get at all the areas ( your new addition) but I would be cautious to upset the balance in an old area of the house. Hope this helps, Matt

    • JG

      Thanks, Matt. That helps a ton! We will seal off the old from the new. We will leave the old vented, but we might foam the old with open cell under the roof decking. Other folks are telling me that the open cell foam will not hinder the drying of the old attic much, if we are careful to not block the ventilation. I know it’s tough without knowing all the variables, but that if that sounds iffy to you, I would appreciate your opinion.

    • JG: Wait… did you say you’d foam under the roof deck but you are NOT going to block the vents? Something isn’t right here. That’s like foaming your walls but not installing windows. This sounds iffy to me. Call me Monday at my office and I’ll talk you through it for 10 minutes. Best, Matt

    • JG

      Thanks, Matt. Will do.

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