Start Saving on Heating Bills: Insulating Your Attic Opening Easily and Effectively
No matter if your attic is used for storage or additional living space, it’s worth insulating your attic opening to prevent heat loss and maximize energy efficiency. Installing insulation around your attic stairs can be a straightforward process, with the right materials and knowledge. Taking the time to insulate your attic stairs will save energy and money in the long run. This article provides a step-by-step guide to insulating your attic opening.
Before undertaking this project, you will need the following materials: 4 wood planks as wide as the height of the attic stair frame, timber the same size as the ladder frame, hinges, double-sided adhesive tape or adhesive, and insulating tape.
The first step is to measure the attic stair frame and the folded attic stairs. Make a note of the length and width of the frame, and the height of the folded stairs. Order 4 pieces of timber as wide as the height of the attic stairs – two to match the width of the frame and two to match the length of the frame.
In the attic, construct a rectangular frame with the four pieces of timber. Make sure the pieces of timber are touching and at the same height. Attach double-sided adhesive tape or adhesive to the top of the attic stair frame, and then place the rectangular frame over it. If done properly, the two frames should be in contact all the way around.
The next step is to measure the ladder frame and cut a piece of timber the same size. Connect the two frames with hinges, making sure to attach the hinges on a side where there is something to stop the new hatch cover from falling down. To ensure safety, it may be helpful to have a friend or family member hold the frame in place while attaching the hinges.
The attic opening should be easy to open and close with the new hatch cover in place. If necessary, add a restraining chain to the cover to stop potential falls.
Finally, seal the top of the frame with insulating tape to trap in more warm air. Doing so will prevent unwanted drafts from entering the attic and causing temperature fluctuations.
Insulating your attic opening is not only a great way to save energy, but it also reduces noise pollution and potential accidents. Follow our easy steps to insulate your attic opening for good, and save energy and money in the long run.