I'm located in Appleton, WI. I have a house built in 1979, with a vaulted ceiling over my living room. The chimney box for the fireplace goes up through this ceiling/roof section. Every Spring during the first thaw, water drips down and then never again throughout the Summer months, even during heavy rains.
2x8s were used for the roof joists, the space between the insulation and the roof deck is only about an inch.
So I know for sure there is not enough room between the ceiling and roof deck to properly ventilate and insulate, especially during WI winters.
I have soffit vents in this section of roof; however, there is no ridge or pod vents. I'm sure I can install pod vents once there is enough ventilation space.
My dilemma is... how do I create a gap big enough in this ceiling so I can properly ventilate and insulate?
Advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.