By Glenn Haege
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Use foam insulation when appropriate
Dear Glenn: I purchased my first home in February. It had a leak in one of the walls in the kitchen, which has since been repaired. My question is about insulating that wall. Now that it is down to the brick and studs, I have to put in new insulation, but I am getting conflicting advice. Should I go with foam insulation or the regular roll type? The quotes I have received for foam range from $400-$700 just for that one area of approximately 70 square feet, which I think is pricey, but some people I have talked with suggest putting up felt and roll type insulation. What's your advice?
Cathy, St. Clair Shores
Dear Cathy: I would recommend going with the foam insulation. Once it is in, it stays in. Dow Froth Pak is a do-it-yourself product. You can get it at Wimsatt Building Materials, (800) 497-9000, www.wimsattdirect.com. You'll save even more money when you take advantage of all the tax credits and utility company rebates on this energy saving project.