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Cathedral Ceilings Retrofit - Zone 5 #green

I have house just north of Boston, in Zone 5. It is a contemporary home built in 1983 with nearly 100% cathedral ceilings. I have an active leak on one of the roof sections, and as such will be replacing the roof very shortly. The roof section is 6/12 pitch 22 feet wide and 28 feet high with two layers of asphalt shingles. I would like to address some of the shortcomings of the existing roof system which are: Currently inadequate ventilation, with eave vent but no ridge vent. The rafters on this section are 2 x 10, and I suspect the fiberglass insulation is nearly 10 inch thick allowing very little if any ventilation gap. Consequently, I experience awful ice dams and icycles. This is a post and beam house, and there is poor air sealing between the beams and the various ceiling sections (blueboard with plaster skim coat). I would like to rectify the ice dam situation and wo...

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