Cape houses - insulation & ventilation
I live in a cape in Syracuse, NY. I'm having some work done and have received a nbr. of estimates on insulating my house. Some have suggested that I don't need to insulate the sides of the house that it's the roof that needs insulation. Some have suggested using cellulose spray in and others are suggesting foam (I suppose I would have to remove the ceiling sheetrock to have the foam). I now realize how difficult it is to insulate and ventilate a cape.
My problem is that in the winter I have icicles from the edge of the roof to the ground. I have forced air heat and I do have a heat vent in the attic. But I've been told by my contractor that I have no ventilation and the soffits are solid (no air vents) with no place for air to circulate. The warm area in the roof causes snow to melt which then forms large icicles.
I have been researching for a solution and came upon a company that uses a "Cool Vent" system. It is an insulation product with a layer of polyiso insulation, a middle layer of wood spacers with a 1-2" airspace and a top layer of OSB/plywood. It also features cross directional airflow. My head is spinning with all this information.
Do you have any suggestions? I am looking for the most efficient way to resolve this problem. And yes, money is an issue.
Posted Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:35
Edited Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:16
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