About 4 years ago I had the vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom changed to a traditional tray ceiling. I made this decision because the room was always cold and difficult to heat during the winter.
During the construction, I asked the contractor if it was necessary to open up the entire attic (remove the original wall board) and reinsulate the space. They did not insulate the new framing. The contractor sort of chuckled at my question and said it didn't matter. It seemed to me that this additional air space would retain too much heat.
The first winter after this change I noticed a lot of icicles forming on my gutters at the roofline of this bedroom. This occurred with temperatures in the 20's which lead me to believe the attic space is indeed too warm causing the snow on the roof to melt. I keep my thermostat at 68 degrees.
I originally thought my gutters were clogged but that theory has been ruled out.
I am very concerned that there may be an ice dam and moisture leaking into this attic space. I did a visual inspection and did not see any water damage nor do I know who to contact to resolve this issue.
Any advice will be appreciated!