When you decide that you are going to finish the attic in your home, there are a great many factors that you can and should consider in the process. Transforming your attic, previously filled with unused boxes of stuff and many cobwebs, into a clean and usable space can greatly increase the value of your home. It can also make your home feel bigger by putting more of your home's square footage to use on a daily basis. Before you get started on your attic remodeling and finishing, get to know a few tips for turning your attic into a fun and usable space for you and your family.
Be Sure That You Improve Your Insulation
Insulation is extremely important in your attic no matter what it is used for. But if you plan for you or other members of your household to spend prolonged periods of time in that space, you want to make sure you have better control over the temperature in your attic than you would otherwise.
So, the first step in finishing your attic is to either add in more insulation, or replace your existing insulation with something better. Spray foam insulation, for example, is a professionally installed type of insulation that is sprayed or blown into a given space. It expands to fit the area securely without any gaps or holes.
This airtight insulation is ideal for your attic to prevent thermal transfer between your roof and the attic space. Other insulation options such as simply adding more cotton, wool, or fiberglass insulation can help to improve on your older existing insulation, but nothing will compare to the effects of airtight spray foam insulation for climate and moisture control.
Address Waterproofing Concerns
If you opt for the spray foam insulation for your attic, this not only helps you to control your attic temperature but can also help with waterproofing efforts. The last thing you want is to finish your attic and have it leak the first time it rains after the fact.
Waterproofing your attic involves both interior and exterior work. Inside, you can insulate around the walls and the ceiling as well as around any pipes and plumbing in the attic. Inspect your pipes for leaks and repair any leaks. Additionally, any gaps in you attic walls or ceiling that you can see light through from outside should be caulked with waterproof sealant caulk.
Outside, you will want to repair any damage to your roof and keep a close eye on the roof for signs of future damage. Apply a waterproofing sealant on your roofing as well as the flashings and around your roof and chimney. All of these steps will address your waterproofing and leakage concerns so that all of your hard work to finish your attic space does not go to waste.
Now that you know a few of the issues you should address and take care of when you are finishing your attic space, you can be sure that your new attic area look phenomenal and is fully functional and protected. Contact a business, such as Libero Building Services, for more information.
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