Attic

Building foam cover for attic stairs

How to Insulate Attic Drop Down Access Stairs

Even if your attic is well insulated, the folding stairs that provides access can be a major source of heat loss. Watch this video to see how to make an insulating cover from foam board to insulate the stairs leading to your attic.

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Danny Lipford in attic.

Insulating Attic Over Carport

David asks, “My house attic is insulated, but I noticed that the attic over the carport is not insulated. Does this matter?”

Since the air in the attic space is not heated or cooled and is vented to the outside, it doesn’t matter if the area over the carport is insulated. Read on to find out more.

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Metal roof.

Attic Venting for Metal Roof

Bjorn asks, “I have a new house with a metal roof and without a ridge vent. Please recommend a vent system without cutting holes in the metal roof.”

There are several options available to provide ventilation to your attic without cutting holes in your metal roof including gable vents and a vented ridge. Read on for more.

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Solar powered attic vent fan.

Attic Ventilation

Hot air in your attic may not seem like such a bad thing in the winter, but it contains moisture that can condense and cause long term problems. In summer, heat in the attic not only makes your air conditioner work harder, but it also cooks roof shingles from the underside and reduces their life.

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Adding attic soffit vents under roof eaves.

How to Calculate Attic Vent Area Needed When Adding Soffit Vents

Keeping your attic cooler in the summer can increase the life of the roof as well as saving money on your air conditioning bill. To effectively cool the attic, outside air needs to circulate through it. Read on to find out how to calculate the amount of vent area needed for your attic.

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Attic Insulation

Homeowners ask me all the time how they can control their monthly utility bills. Many have resigned themselves to paying high bills because they think that’s just the price you have to pay to be comfortable and that’s certainly a factor.

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Measuring amount of attic insulation with tape measure.

Getting Adequate Attic Insulation

Read on to find out how much insulation you need and tips on installing the different types of insulation that are available.

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Attic Shelving

Attics are all about storage, but rarely is the storage organized. Here’s a simple solution to take advantage of the open framing found in most attics. Create shelves for attic storage by building an “L” shaped support from 1x4s. One end of the “L” runs vertically attaching to the side of the roof rafter. The other end, running horizontally, attaches to the same rafter further down.

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