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Old 12-10-2009, 10:31 AM   #1
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Ideas for a thin, yet insulating "headliner"?

I wasn't planning on insulating the ceiling of my bus at all because I simply cannot afford to lose any headroom. I will use those insulating beads in the paint on the top of the roof though. But today I got to thinking, what if I were to use some sort of ultrathin material (maybe 1/4" thick) that could be glued onto the ceiling? I'm thinking of not only insulating against heat/cold, but also sound absorption. The substance that comes to mind is cork. Anyone have any other ideas?

Edit: In fact, I remember now someone here was thinking about cork flooring as well. I just found this website that has all kinds of cork products: www.corkstore.com, and now I'm thinking of using the sheeting on the ceiling, and the tiles on the floor.
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:06 AM   #2
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Re: Ideas for a thin, yet insulating "headliner"?


I second the idea of noise-deadening interior materials, and that huge metal ceiling would be a good place to start. The noise inside Millicent at 60 MPH makes it difficult to have a conversation or listen to music, and we put a lot of miles on.

Some years ago, I covered a wall in a house with 12 inch square tiles of cork -- maybe half inch thick. They were light enough that it seems realistic to glue them to a ceiling, and if one or two fall down occasionally, nobody is likely to get hurt.

So I like your idea.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:23 PM   #3
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Re: Ideas for a thin, yet insulating "headliner"?

That sounds like a good idea Smitty, but I'm not sure I want to get into the job of pulling the ceiling panels. I know there is some sort of insulation up there, so while I could probably increase my R-value by replacing with better material, well... I don't know if the net gain is worth it to me. As usual, I'm looking for a half-assed solution that helps a little but doesn't cost much in the way of $$ or time.

...but in my defense, I'm not full-timing in this bus, so I really don't have as much incentive to spend that extra $$ and time.
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Old 12-10-2009, 04:55 PM   #4
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Re: Ideas for a thin, yet insulating "headliner"?

I hear ya Smitty! Do it right the first time is a lesson some of us never learn.
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Good on ya, Mdpolakow, for dampening the noise this way. I always worry that in the battle between gravity and glue, gravity always wins -- sooner or later. But with physical fastening in addition, it might stay there a while.

Based on my 18.000 noisy miles in Millicent, I heartily recommend sound-absorbing interior surfaces.
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Felt automotive insulation @ $5.00 per yard.

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Glue this to the ceiling.

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Wow, that would sure make for a shiny ceiling! I suppose it would also help to reflect light around the bus. But I'm afraid it's just a little too "shiny" for my personal taste. My wife always teases me because I seem to have an aversion to bright colors and otherwise shiny objects. Most things I own are either black, brown, white, or some earth tone or other muted color. I'll keep that stuff in mind though if I need a radiant barrier or thin insulation in some place that isn't part of my decor.
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Wow, that would sure make for a shiny ceiling!

Wouldn't it though?!!!

Something else I've seen another person do on this forum is remove the panel right above the window and slide this stuff into the ceiling void. This would give you a radiant barrier, but would keep your ceiling from looking like one huge disco ball.
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Yeah, that was mine. It is working very well so far. A considerable drop in the summer heat in the bus. Not only insulates, but is a great radiant barrier. I did not have factory insulation up there before though. Here are the pics from mine.





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