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Cooling Bungalow Without Attic?

I own a 1920s Bungalow that was remodeled in the 1980s, a remodel which sacrificed the attic area of the house for tall ceilings in the upper floor.

This house gets very warm upstairs in the summer. We are about to have our house re-roofed and wonder if there are any solutions we might try to cool the house off in the summer.

The last time it was re-roofed, the roofer installed more vents but said that the issue is that there is no room for the meager insulation to work.

There are three bedrooms in the upstairs portion of the house so I'm not sure that a whole house fan will work, but there are a few small closets on the edge of rooms where one could conceivably go, although there is no current way to vent the flow out.

Any thoughts or suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance.

Timothy Miller
Re: Cooling Bungalow Without Attic?

Howdy how old is the shingles? if old then consider installing a cold roof the old shingles are removed and nailers ( perlins) are installed new roof decking is then installed and then shingles. The perlins allow air to circulate under the roof to help cool the home. Another idea is to strip the shingles and install 4 by 8' sheets of insulation foam panels 2 or 4 " then re shingle. Either method is expensive but it will reduce the heating and cooling costs of the home fora long long time.

Anothe idea is to install a cool color shingle white asphalt or new metal roofing that is coated to again radiated the heat instead of conducting it into the house. Again metal roof is $$$$

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