If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your attic very often. Out of sight, out of mind. But having a durable attic is just as crucial to your home’s overall health as any other factor. Whether you plan to use your attic for seasonal storage or for an actual occupied space such as a bedroom or office, there are three steps you can take in order to ensure that your attic is safe, livable and efficient.
- Start by inspecting the condition of the roof on the inside and out, regardless of the age. If additional weatherproofing such as flashing or sealant is required, then apply it appropriately in order to prevent water penetration and drafts. You may also want to consider sealing gaps on the interior from the lower levels that lead to the attic, as well.
- The next step to a durable attic is to create a comfortable climate by installing an ideal insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling. There are several different types available, from fiberglass rolls that can be applied by hand, to foam that’s actually blown in by a machine. Be sure to research which kind would be best for your situation.
- Make sure your attic is properly ventilated, since a lack of adequate airflow can make temperature control difficult and allow moisture to collect in your attic. This can endanger both the effectiveness of insulation and the structural integrity of your attic. Therefore, installing proper ventilation should definitely be on your to-do list.As home improvement projects can sometimes seem overwhelming and never-ending, some tasks are best left to the professionals. Getting it done right the first time can mean only having to do it once. Ernst Heating & Cooling offers quick and courteous service for all of your HVAC needs and can assist in developing your durable attic. We serve the Metro-East area with pride.
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