My wife and I have been restoring a 97-year-old brick, American Four Square for the past 5 years. The home is in historic Cape Charles, Va., on the Eastern Shore. We are now facing a problem and hope someone can help us out.
We have a walk up 3rd floor attic with a front dormer. It is our desire to make this attic a 4th bedroom. Last summer, we had our roof replaced with GAF Lifetime Designer Shingles in Sheffield Black and added side dormers. We would like to insulate the attic and then finish off the interior so that it still has that attic feel to it. In other words, keep the rafters exposed and install false planking over the insulation in between the rafters. Here is our problem: We neglected to vent the new roof as it was never vented prior to our project, and we did not realize that this would be an issue. Also, there is zero venting in the soffits. The eastern shore of Virginia can get extremely hot in July and August and is not immune to some very chilly weather throughout the winter months.
In reading various articles we found on the Internet, it appears our only option now is to insulate the space as a “a hot roof”. This method is apparently achieved by spraying foam insulation into every single crevice in the attic, thus preventing any moisture due to severe temperature changes between the inside and outside of the structure. Is this our only option? Is there another more affordable approach? We are currently at a standstill because we don’t have confidence in contractors or insulators to give us advice that would not only resolve the issue but also maintain the integrity and aesthetics of the house. We would appreciate some objective and strong guidance from experts as to whether this can be properly done and how we should proceed.
We would GREATLY appreciate any help you can give us! Thank you!!!