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Posted: 10/25/2013 1:40:00 PM EST
My house was built in the 70s and has brick veneer to the roof. Been here 22 years and am starting insulation project. In the attic I found several large bags of what appears to be blockfill insulation which I've seen used on cinder block walls. I also noticed that there is a gap between the back of the bricks and the sheeting. Is it common practice and would I be ok pouring the block fill into the gap? It appears that the babs have been there for a long time, possibly since day one.
Link Posted: 10/27/2013 6:15:01 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2013 6:19:49 AM EST by LesBaer45]
Without a picture to confirm I don't think you want to fill that space between the sheeting and the brick. Hopefully the sheeting has some sort of barrier on it to prevent wind/water from being driven through it.

The gap is there so air flows between the brick and the sheeting to allow for drying should the brick get wet or water get behind the brick. Yes brick can get wet enough to soak all the way through under the right conditions. There is information available around this topic.

Try here:

Brick


Now what you may want to do is make sure the area between the sheeting and the inside of the attic is sealed off so air doesn't travel down behind the sheeting and the interior wall. If you are going to really insulate the attic, you may want to read about insulating the entire attic structure except for an air path of about 2 in from the roof deck itself for air to flow from the soffit vents to the ridge vents. If you don't have ridge vents you will have to modify accordingly.

Link Posted: 10/27/2013 3:37:47 PM EST
Thanks. What you say makes sense. I don't know why the stuff is up there but the bags are so fragile they will stay there and I will insulate around them.
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