hi there little lady. I have been a general contractor in
socal for over 25 years now and here is my advice.
1. look into a whole house fan that can be installed in your flat ceiling somewhere like a hallway. With this type of fan you can maximize your air exchange throughout your home while keeping the hot stuffy air out of your attic. It's all about air exchange and with this system all you need is an open screened window or door at each end of the home and you will notice a significant drop iin your temp. inside of your home right away. IIt is very reasonable to install also with a fan unit and installation running no more than say 350.00 to 450.00 complete or less if you choose to install it yourself. Any legit handyman should be able to tackle this fairly easy task in less than three hours for sure. One more thing , screened gable vents are a must to push the hot air out of the attic and they should already be up there but if they aren't get em, and you''ll stay cool for many years to come... cost effectively!
2. As for the 400 sq ft garage roof, although there are some factors that need attention overall you should be able to get a qualified tradesman or contractor to do your small job for less than 200.00 per square. A square in this instance is the unit price brealdown for roofing and is as follows One "Square" is equall to 100 sqare feet of roof.
So if you have 400 square feet of roofing, it is considered to be 4 Square in trade terms. If you speak in these terms to your local tradesmaen or contractors they will figure you know something about the trade and will be less likely to pull the wool over your eyes, so to speak. If you have 1x6 spaced sheathing it should probably be sheathed over with some 1/2" osb type of plywood( standard for today's industry) (osb=oriented strand board) and it will add structural integrity to your garage if it is soace sheathed. A great investment for a nominal extra charge. Only if needed.
Again , for small jobs such as these, look into a local handyman service or finding one through your church or community center. In this economy you are bound to find plenty of qualified pro's who are out of work and will do a great job for you . Good luck and stay cool. bye
Originally Posted by DCGirl
attic fans for house
and roof replacement on garage
I know the answer is usually get an estimate from a local contractor...but I don't want to waste anyones time if I can't afford to do it yet. I am interested in installing two attic fans since it is getting unbearably hot in my old 1930's house w/ plaster walls and no insulation and it's not even hot outside yet! It's a big attic space, roof probably should be replaced within 10 years, inspector said this before buying last year.
What else would help with cooling the house? I am also planning to get a screen door for the front so I can allow more air flow. Central AC is likely way too expensive right now since they seem to cost $4k not including install. Is there another option besides portable Ac and window ac? Last time I had a portable AC it was really loud. Although I am thinking of picking one up today so my family visiting this weekend isn't miserable
How much does a garage roof installation usually cost? replacing wood and shingles. The garage is two car about 400 sq. ft
The roof on garage is leaking and whoever installed it did a bad job.