I have a cathedral ceiling in my living room. I've installed rigid foam
boards in between the rafters which are 2x6's spaced 16" OC. I've been
reading a lot about how to attach the drywall over that and my question is
do I need furring strips or can I attach the drywall directly to the
bottom of the rafters? That would be easier and, it seems to me, stronger
but I have two concerns.
Firstly I'm worried that the 2x6's will provide a path for cold to flow
down from the roof in the winter and that I could end up with the rafters
outlines being visible on the ceiling side of the drywall due to the
temperature difference. Secondly, I read that the rigid foam expands a
little and if I connect the drywall flat against it, it will eventually
push out and dimple the screws.
The other idea I've read about is to thermally isolate the rafters from
the drywall via a layer of thin foam board with furring strips over that.
Then using long screws through the layers of drywall, furring strips, and
foam into the rafters to affix the ceiling.
Is that overkill?
Thanks for any advice!