On shallow roof
pitches use Attic Rafter vents to insure the rolled insulation does not block
the soffit vents.
If you are
replacing attic insulation make sure you install a vapor barrier first (e.g. 4-6
mil thick polyethylene plastic). The vapor barrier should go under the first
layer of attic insulation and towards the warm side. If a vapor barrier is not
used condensation will form and create mold and mildew damage in the attic and
If you plan to use
faced insulation, then the polyethylene sheets are not required. Just lay the
faced insulation paper side down so that it is in contact with the sheetrocked
Use fire retardant
foam insulation and/or caulk around bathroom ceiling fans to ensure a tight
seal. Apply the caulk from below to create a good seal around the seams.
should be kept 3-4 inches away from recessed lighting fixtures to prevent fire,
unless the lighting fixture is marked “I.C.”, Insulated Ceiling.
If you have an
attic door, apply weather stripping around the seams and insulate the backside
of the door.
With these few
basic attic insulation tips you can significantly reduce your winter heating
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