I've been a long time lurker/occasional poster on GW. My 1928 story-and-a half bungalow has a roof that will need replacing int he next few years. It's a small home (1200 ft2) with 2 attic bedrooms (north and south) with funky angled ceilings following the roofline and 2 separate attic spaces on the east and west sides. Currently there are roof vents near the top (installed with the previous roof install by a former owner) but no intake vents, so the roof vents were installed for almost no reason--if there's no place for the air to come in, there's no reason to have venting near the top. There are no soffits on the house currently. There were perforated metal soffits when I bought the house--and I assumed there were vents, but there were no intake vents when they were removed to take down the asbestos siding to restore the siding, so they weren't replaced.
Our upstairs is really cold in the winter and really hot in the summer; there is insulation between the attic space and the rooms upstairs in the vertical walls, but without removing the roof or ceilings, there is no way to insulate the spaces. There is no insulation to speak of between the angled ceilings in the upstairs and the roof, and obviously no venting in the attic spaces beyond what the wind can blow through. The vertical house walls had blown in cellulose a few years back.
I am going to replace the roof in the next couple of years, and clearly want to improve the attic ventilation and the insulation which can be done when the roof is off. I plan to likely use metal roofing, rather than repeat the asphalt. roofing that is currently in place, especially if there is a tax break for the added expense. To top it off (pun might have been intended,) there a now-unused chimney that needs to come down from above the roof down to the basement (high efficiency nat gas heater and the on-demand water heater both vent through the sides of the house, no fireplace.)
I want to get an idea of what I need to have done, but all advice on hiring contractors is to ask them all to bid on the same thing so that you can compare apples to apples, so to speak. I'm still trying to figure out the extent of what needs to happen, and need some professional recommendations to even figure out what to get bids on.... I really don't want to waste anyone's time, but I'm looking at a $10K+ project that I don't know the complete scope of.
How do I find out what needs to be done and choose an appropriate contractor? Do I have a bunch of folks come out and bid while getting advice from them, and then have them come back out and bid the job I decide I want?
What's a girl to do?