Let’s Start at the Top – The Attic

Your attic and roof system tops your house and provides insulation and protection from water infiltration. Today, our Meticulous Maintenance post will deal with these areas. Since we’ve already detailed roof maintenance here, in this post, our focus will be on the attic space.

Keep an eye on your atticAttics come in all shapes and sizes. In modern homes, the roof construction often has roof trusses which preclude any storage space in the attic. Occasionally, attics may be built with an area large enough to use for storage space. If this is the case with your attic, be careful to not store extremely large or heavy items which may not be supported by the less-sturdy floor, or which may interfere with the insulation. Also keep in mind that if you store things up there, the temperatures will be extreme. Never put items in the attic which could be flammable or damaged by heat/cold.


Today’s homes are built to be energy-efficient. Insulation types include blown cellulose and traditional fiberglass. Blown cellulose may shift or move and leave areas uninsulated. If you notice this, simply readjust the insulation to cover properly. Also be sure that the insulation does not block proper ventilation. If you need to move fiberglass insulation, wear gloves to protect your hands.


Attics may have louvered vents which allow hot air and moisture to escape. Always keep these vents unobstructed to prevent moisture damage to your attic. If your attic has actual windows, rather than louvers, consider installing a vented insert over the summer. This insert will help to keep airflow moving.


Visually examine your rafters and sheeting periodically. Dark spots or water stains could be your first sign of a roofing problem. Follow the wetness or stain to its highest point to locate the exact source of the leak. Also look for outside light or staining around chimneys and vents.

If you follow these tips, your home will be able to “breathe” and you will stay more comfortable in the living area of the house. You also will have insight into when you might need a new roof. Happy Homeowning!

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