Why is Your Attic So Important?

August 29th, 2012

Before answering the question why is your attic so important, you need to first understand what is actually meant by an attic. Majority of the houses in western nations have an elevated roof or a ‘^’ shaped roof. An attic is the space in between the top floor of a house and its roof, lying inside the ‘^’. Attics are located directly under the roof right at the top of your home. Attics can either be finished or unfinished. Why is your Attic So Important? If your attic is unfinished, you can use it as an extra storage space. An unfinished attic is just like an unfinished basement. You can dump all your seldom used or seasonal goods, unwanted items and eyesores in your attic. Finished Attic A finished attic can be used in a number of ways. In majority of the houses, especially in smaller homes, attics double up as a master bedroom or a kid’s/guest bedroom or play area for your kids. Bigger attics can be divided into two small bedrooms or study rooms or perhaps into a game room/media room. Addition of a bathroom and closets under the slanted roofs will make an attic bedroom/study room even more habitable. Having a finished attic on top of your house increases the total square footage of the habitable area and adds value to your property. This means a finished attic can increase the resale value of your house. Attic Ventilation Since an attic forms the topmost portion of your house, it is prone to moisture and heat accumulation in the different seasons. It is important to let the accumulated heat and moisture escape through proper channels, otherwise it can heat up your house in the summers, warp the roof and damage your house, rafts and the entire structure. It may even damage the insulation. For example, if your insulation material gets wet because of moisture leakage in the attic, the insulation will be rendered useless. That is why you need to place attic vents in strategic areas to allow for proper ventilation, air circulation and heat escape. Attic Insulation If your attic is unheated and unfinished, you should place the attic insulation material on the floor and ensure that it is thick enough to meet the ‘R’ value of your geographical location. Attic insulation will not prevent air flow and cold drafts sufficiently. So when your roofing contractors install insulation in your attic, ask them to block all the air leaks in the attic. Proper attic ventilation and insulation improves the energy efficiency of your home, helps keep your house warm in the winters and cool in the summers and reduces your utility bills and energy expenses by almost 20 percent. Properly ventilated attics can successfully allow the trapped heat to escape, prevent structural deterioration of your house and protect the roof decking and wood rafters from decay and moisture damage. It also prevents mildew, mould growth, damp spots and condensation. Remember to clean out your attic from time to time to keep it free from pests, rodents and rodent droppings.