How do I find a contractor that does external insulation?
I’m a fairly new home owner in zone 5A (NY, 40 miles north of NYC). My existing house is about 60yo and appears to have almost no insulation . The siding is mostly white-painted thick cedar shakes and a bit of board+batten. It’s a quirky house built by the owner two generations ago and surprises abound.
Alas, the paint on the siding is peeling in places and turning green in other places. Clearly siding work is necessary. I’m still trying to determine and price out my options… including simply prep+repainting. — Given the absence of insulation and my huge heating bill, I’m also thinking about insulating before winter arrives. These two considerations have lead me to try to investigate siding with several inches of exterior rigid foam insulation. I’ve read this is a terrific way to insulate for many reasons. Exterior insulation is also appealing to me because it seems like a single approach that is likely work regardless of any quirks that might be discovered in|near walls.
Alas… despite exterior insulation appearing to be highly recommended on the web, I’ve not found any contractors that have experience applying more that 3/4″ of exterior rigid foam. And when I ask questions, they don’t seem to understand the value of this approach to insulation.
How does one find a contractor that actually has experience adding at least R-10 of exterior rigid foam insulation?
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