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Q: For extra insulation in the winter I suppose one could add extra sheets of EPS to the existing 4 inches on the outside wall?
A: (Kelly)As long as you devised a way to anchor the eventual exterior siding to the wall, you should be able to add more insulation, which would only the thermal performance.
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