Sealing and Insulating Your Attic Hatch

 

Among the most typical shortages on a Home Inspection Report is an inadequately sealed and insulated attic hatch. You're probably thinking, why should I care about my attic hatch? A home loses about 25 % of its heat through the top floor ceiling due to the effect of hot air rising. The attic hatch is a very large opening because ceiling which accelerates this impact by allowing that increasing air to escape the home. If you're fortunate this only causes heat loss in the winter season and brings attic heat into the home in the summertime. If you're unfortunate the damp air leaving will condense in the cold attic causing mold as well as structural rot.

To stop your attic hatch from draining your cost savings, try these simple steps to seal in the air and secure your attic. This simple DIY home enhancement job costs under $75 dollars, takes just a few hours, and might save you thousands over the life of your home. Sounds like a great investment to me. Find more interested information on biomass and combi boiler installation in Wales, UK at www.temposavesenergy.com .

For the purpose of this process I am assuming you have an un-insulated plywood attic hatch.

You will need:

2" thick Polystyrene Rigid Insulation
Attic Hatch Weather-stripping
Foam Compatible Glue
Caulking
Four Hook & Eye Latches or Draw Catches
Knife
Straight Edge
Measuring Tape
Insulate the Hatch

Remove your existing attic hatch and determine its size. Cut four pieces of Polystyrene Rigid Insulation about 1/2 inch smaller sized than the dimensions of the hatch. The insulation will both sluggish heat loss and include ballast to the hatch to improve the seal at the weather-stripping. Utilize the foam compatible glue to attach the insulation to the back of the hatch.

Air Sealing the Hatch Opening

The hatch usually sits on wood trim lip that extends past the opening. Each hatch design is distinct and you will certainly need to determine the finest method to seal the trim.

Setting up Latches and Handles (Optional).

Fasten two handles to the inside of the hatch to aid in pulling it down against the weather-stripping. Install four latches on opposing sides of the hatch and trim so that when you take down on the hatch they secure it versus the compressed gasket.