How can a homeowner find a contractor to install rigid foam on top of roof sheathing?
To everyone, but especially anyone in the Chicago area:
We live in Wheaton Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. Our home, built in 1959, needs a new roof, new gutters, and more insulation. We may consider metal shingles if there is a good option that does not cost too much. We would like to convert one or both of the attics of our split level from conventional, vented attics to un-vented attics to be used for storage. As described in Martin Holladay’s article, “How to Install Rigid Foam On Top of Roof Sheathing” (option 1 of the article), we would like to install R49 of rigid foam (about 12.5 or 14 inches of EPS, 10 inches of XPS, or about 9 inches of polyiso) above our roof sheathing. We’ve been told that this would take a lot of work and cause a large expense in fascia, etc. but we have not found any contractor willing to give us a quote. We would also consider option 2 of the article, which is to install part of the insulation as rigid foam above the roof sheathing, and the rest of the insulation underneath the roof sheathing. The height of each attic is very minimal (~45″ max in one attic and ~35″ max in the other), so we would like to aim for an option that preserves the meager attic height that we have. Access to each attic is by ladder at the present. If there is an affordable way to build a fixed stair to make the attic(s) more accessible, we would like to find it. We have been hoping to put off this project for a few years, but we keep having leaking in the roof area shown in the attached picture, where the roof of an addition we put on 5 years ago (the closest part of the picture) joins the old part of the house (the siding on the right in the picture.) If we, by hard work or time spent, can decrease the cost to accomplish all these goals, we would like to try, but we are only somewhat handy. If you know of anyone who would be interested in this project, please help me contact them. Thanks!
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