Attic Remodeling Considerations

By administrator On February 23rd, 2009

With the exception of perhaps a basement remodel no other remodeling is as exciting as an attic remodel. The coziness and freedom to experiment are a great thought. There’s a lot you can do with an attic remodel. You can work to create skylights, decorate the walls, and stamp your personality on the attic.

The important thing to keep in mind is structural integrity, insulation, and ventilation. Ventilation is easily achieved; just drill some holes between the rafters so that the air flows freely. Install soffit ventilation plugs to ensure free movement for the air and control the entry of insects. Do not drill too many holes as it will become inconvenient to plug them during winter. Strategically placed skylights are also a great way to let in fresh air and sunshine.

For insulation, paper-faced fiberglass works well to plug gaps from where cold air can flow into the attic. If you wish to insulate around a heat source then use unpapered fiberglass as the paper on the fiberglass is highly inflammable. After the flooring has been insulated, its time for the most important part – covering the bare walls with a drywall.

A drywall is a great idea for DIY attic remodelers, it is easy to install, takes less time and does not require the expertise needed to plaster walls. Keep in mind that dry walling is the last step to be taken after insulation, moisture control, electrical, phone lines, cable lines, and ventilation jobs have been taken care of. Work with the dry wall panels carefully. When hanging the drywalls, do not drive the nails in so deep that they break the dry wall paper.

Inspect the place to be dry walled and plan such that you create as few seams as possible. Use a facemask when sanding a drywall. Be careful when lifting and transporting a drywall. Check if the power tools have earthing. Do not use an aluminum ladder near a power source. When placing a drywall, remember that the smooth gray surface faces outwards.

If you are living in an area where moisture is a concern, then use moisture-resistant drywall, also called greenrock. If you find nailing a drywall to be too technical a job, you can glue the drywall to the wall. The nailing pattern is crucial in the successful arrangement of a drywall. Plan in advance and also get the nailing pattern checked to see if it confirms to the area building codes.