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Attic

While your attic is a great place to keep your Christmas and Halloween decorations, it also serves several important functions: it aids in temperature control, provides access to roof vent systems, and can serve as a bedroom. However, without proper care, your attic can become rundown and let in water, pests, and drafts, leading to a whole host of other problems.

The Basics of Attics

Below we list some of the best ways to keep your attic in tip-top shape, along with some other helpful reading material. 

  • Replace old insulation: Insulation doesn’t last forever, and it will begin to degrade after about 15 years. As such, you should always replace your insulation every 20 to 30 years. 
  • Do a yearly inspection and repairs: Every year, you should do a thorough walk-through of your attic, keeping an eye out for any holes, damage, or leaks. We recommend using a waterproof silicone sealant to patch any hole larger than a quarter inch in width. 
  • Declutter often: An attic, like a garage, can quickly become a home’s default junk and storage location. While this practice is convenient, it can lead to excess clutter and debris buildup. We recommend cleaning out your attic twice per year, throwing away all garbage, and getting rid of anything you’re not attached to. 
  • Ensure attic vents are working properly: One of the most important parts of an attic is its ventilation system. Without properly working vents, an attic’s air will hold too much heat, which can lead to the buildup of ice dams in winter and high electricity bills in summer. 

An attic is an often overlooked section of the home but holds numerous important functions. If you want to learn how to better care for and utilize your attic, check out some of the articles below. 

How to Keep Moisture out of the Attic and Prevent Mold Growth

Have you noticed mold around vents? Here's how to keep moisture out of your attic and prevent the growth of mold.
Black attic stairway cover installed in an attic.

How to Easily Insulate An Attic

Pam has a unique way of keeping the cold out using cardboard and ALOT of tape. How she can winterize her home without creating a massive craft project every year.

The Correct Way to Install Attic Insulation

A homeowner needs to know which way to face the paper side of her attic insulation.
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Why You Need Proper Attic Ventilation

Providing proper ventilation in your attic will keep your attic cooler in the summer, which can lower your air conditioner bills and make your roof last longer, and reduce condensation during the winter, which can lead to mold, mildew, or rot. Watch this video to find out more.

How to Place Faced Attic Insulation

Danny and Joe answer a listener's question on Today's Homeowner Radio.

Attic Door Insulate

We'll talk about insulating the attic stairs
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Rule Your Attic: Sealing and Insulating Tips

Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated? Adding insulation and sealing air leaks in your attic can help you save up to $200 per year on your home’s annual energy bills and keep you more comfortable.
Remote controlled Versa Lift attic storage lift on garage floor.

Installing Versa Lift Attic Storage Lift

The Versa Lift attic storage lift allows you to raise and lower items to your attic safely and easily with the push of a remote control. Watch this video to find out more.
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Remedies for Seasonal Expansion and Contraction

Seasonal expansion and contraction stems from excessive dampness due to poor attic ventilation and/or a poorly insulated attic.