Attic stairwell insulation


Old 01-16-19, 06:26 PM
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Attic stairwell insulation

I have a stairwell that goes to the attic above the existing stairwell to the second floor. We use the attic for light storage. I need to find a way to insulate the opening. The door is just plywood that is in a bedroom closet. The walls are insulated but that is it. Would it be better to try and insulate the door and opening or configure a topper for the opening in the ceiling like they do for pull down stairs?
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Old 01-17-19, 04:09 AM
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Can you provide a picture of the attic door in the closet. Are you also saying the ceiling of the closet is open to the attic?
Old 01-17-19, 04:30 AM
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Since the stairs themselves would be difficult to insulate the idea of moving the thermal boundary up to the attic floor is probably best. One home I inspected had a counterbalanced hinged cover that would lift out of the way with a pull cord, neat.

The pictures b-bob requested will help with more suggestions.

One of the key components of your project will be to ensure an air tight installation as warm air leaking into the attic is not only a moisture problem but a major energy loss.


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