Wall Covering Options for Old, Uninsulated Home
I have a 1920’s era home in Oklahoma with original wood siding. We are doing a kitchen remodel (among other things) and have gone down to the studs in the kitchen. The contractor originally wanted to put in bat insulation in the stud bays, but after reading numerous articles on the perils of placing insulation directly against the siding, I do not want to go this route. I have read the articles discussing insulation techniques in these situations, but we are already over budget and I have concerns about asking the contractor to do a technique he has never done before. Would it be acceptable to leave the walls uninsulated and use a fiberglass mat gypsum panel for the wall covering? The original wall covering was plaster, but we are not doing that. I am not worried about energy as the rest of the house will remain uninsulated regardless. I am really just concerned with moisture issues and mold forming on the back of the wall covering now that it will no longer be the original lathe plaster. I am pretty ignorant in regards to construction, but it seemed like fiberglass mat is marketed as being mold and moisture resistant. Would this work, or are there better options? Any responses would be greatly appreciated.