How Quickly & Practically Upgrade An Attic

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The Importance of Maintaining a Sturdy Attic Space

For many homeowners, an attic is out of sight and out of mind. However, neglecting this often-unused space can be detrimental in many ways. An attic is an integral structural part of residential architecture.

It plays a pivotal role in providing:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Indoor insulation
  • Roofing security/stability
  • Indoor air quality
  • Temperature control

Suffice it to say ensuring an attic stays in prime condition is an essential part of caring for a home. Fortunately, Mr. Handyman of Greater Syracuse is ready to help. We’re here today to illustrate some time-tested techniques and insider tips for maintaining top-notch attic upkeep.

We hope this overview will help you preserve the structural integrity of your attic and possibly even save you money on costly repairs and monthly electricity bills over the long run. You can make many proactive, affordable investments and precautions today to upgrade and improve your attic.

Improve Accessibility with a Storage Lift

Inaccessibility is a significant obstacle for many homeowners when it comes to using an attic. Whether deterred by mobility issues, an elemental fear of heights, or the daunting task of climbing a narrow ladder/stairway, many homeowners are hesitant to maximize the square footage in their attic due to the inconvenience of getting to and from the space.

The good news is there are some legitimate solutions to this problem. For one, it is possible to eliminate the need to haul heavy objects up attic stairs. By installing an attic storage lift, you’ll be able to load your goods, press a button, and let the automatic lift elevate your things. You won’t have to worry about the strain and dangers of lifting heavy boxes and furniture with a state-of-the-art storage lift: most lift systems can handle hundreds of pounds.

The downside of a storage lift for many homeowners is simple: It is expensive. We’re not going to sugarcoat that fact. A storage lift is inarguably a luxury tool. But if it allows you to open a large amount of square footage for usage, it can be a pragmatic investment.

Upgrade Attic Stairs by Installing a Dependable Handrail

A more affordable alternative to a storage lift is to upgrade, rebuild, or improve your stairway/ladder. Many attic ladders are unstable, daunting, and dangerous. The fear alone of accessing the attic can prevent many homeowners from entering it on a regular basis. Let our technicians boost the safety of your climb by adding a handrail or renovating your stairs.

Improve Attic Insulation

Without proper insulation, an attic can trap high and low temperatures, creating conditions that negatively impact the rest of your home. Your monthly electric bill and HVAC system are likely paying the price if your attic is sweltering in the summer and freezing in the winter. A frigid attic can also cause ice dams on the roof, while a scorching hot attic can elevate fire hazards.

The solution for extreme attic temperatures is insulation. Adding sufficient insulation will ensure your entire home retains its indoor temperature more evenly. It will also preserve the goods you store in your attic. Subjecting your holiday décor, power tools, and extra equipment to harsh temperatures is never a wise idea.

Prioritize Moisture Resistance & Mold Prevention

The attic and roofing of a home are critical infrastructural barriers. When compromised with cracks and holes, moisture, mildew, and mold can seep in quickly and silently. This can lead to wood rot and mold damage. Mold blooms can wreak havoc behind the scenes – spreading along the ceiling and walls.

Mold outbreaks are not something to treat lightly. If left unchecked and untreated, mold spores can lead to an expensive scenario – accelerating deterioration and decay. Prolonged exposure to mold can also cause respiratory issues, skin rashes, and countless other health complications. The best way to avoid a mold-based emergency is to perform seasonal maintenance and regular moisture checks.

Install Storage & Shelving

An unorganized attic can be more than a nuisance – it can deter homeowners from using the space altogether. Luckily, you can avoid disarray by implementing smart storage solutions.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our technicians about installing:

  • Shelving racks
  • Tote bins
  • Built-in storage compartments
  • Wall hooks
  • Standalone closets
  • Cabinets
  • And much more!

Our specialists can build many storage solutions from scratch. Let us help you redesign, rearrange, and reimagine the entire layout of your attic today!

Install Attic Vents, Lighting, and/or a Fan

A brand-new attic ceiling fan, lighting, or roof vent can improve airflow and circulation. These upgrades will keep your attic dry during wet/cold seasons and cool during the hotter months. Please note that our team is unable to perform some electrical services, due to state and local licensing requirements. Don’t hesitate to inquire about what we can accomplish for you today!

The Mr. Handyman of Greater Syracuse Solution

Hopefully, these suggestions will inspire you to transform your attic into a more dynamic and functional space. We realize that many homeowners lack the disposable budget for a full-blown renovation. Fortunately, many of these projects can be tackled without breaking the bank.

At Mr. Handyman of Greater Syracuse, we always make an extra effort to provide cost-effective services that accommodate our client’s situations. Let us collaborate and figure out an attic improvement plan today!

Don’t be shy! Contact our team without delay if you’re looking to improve, repair, or maintain your attic. We will happily answer your questions and schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your attic, vision, and needs.

Call anytime to book an in-person appointment with one of our expert technicians!

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