Despite the attic being completely out of sight, it’s an important part of your home when it comes to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and roof integrity. That’s why keeping your attic in good condition is crucial. There are five types of projects that can help keep your attic in good shape, and each one can potentially save you money by preventing much more expensive repairs down the lin

Frequently Asked Questions About Attic Repair:

What attic repairs and improvements can I make to protect my home?

Depending on the current condition of your attic, an attic repair can range from simple repairs and upgrades to a total renovation, depending on what exactly needs to be done. The first step is identifying how you want to use your attic, for storage, as an empty space, or maybe as an extra room for one of the kids. If there are holes or water damage that need to be fixed, you might be able to take care of minor issues without too much of a problem. But if damage, repairs, or upgrades are more extensive, such as electrical repairs, replacing rotten wood, installing ventilation, or an attic ladder installation, you might want to call in an expert to assess the situation and discuss options.

If you’re having issues with pests invading your attic space, focus on sealing up any entry points into your attic. If the holes are small, you can patch them up using wood or sealant material. Larger holes may require hiring a professional to fix your roof or siding.

What should I look for when inspecting my attic?

First, inspect your attic for any holes or damage from animals. If there are signs of pests in your attic, the issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Pests can wreak a lot of havoc in your attic, including chewing through wires and leaving disease-carrying excrement around the space. Check for any damaged wires and excrement that could cause a health and safety issue.

Other than rodent damage and pest infestation, it’s also important to check for any roof leaks. Water damage that is left unaddressed can lead to mold or mildew in your attic. If you do notice signs of a leak or water damage, try to identify the source. You may have to wait for a rainy day to pinpoint where the water is coming from. Once you identify the source and the extent of the damage, speak to a professional about the best way to repair the leak and any damage it caused. Finally, check your attic vents to ensure they aren’t blocked by debris or animal nests. If needed, clear out any debris so the vent can operate properly.

How do I plug holes in my attic?

First, make sure your attic is safe for you to walk around. Some attics may only have roof trusses to walk on, which makes navigating the space more challenging. Once you deem it safe, inspect your attic for any holes. If you notice a hole that is relatively small, the best way to plug it is with steel wool and caulk. Fill each hole with some steel wool, then seal the edges of the hole with caulk to hold everything in place.

For larger holes in your attic or home exterior, it’s best to use flashing. You can get flashing at most hardware and home supply stores. When you find a larger hole, cut the flashing to a size that is a little bigger than the hole. Make sure you wear protective gloves and use tin snips to cut the flashing to the appropriate size. Use galvanized nails or screws (which won’t rust) to secure the flashing over the opening. When looking for holes, be thorough. If you’re struggling to plug holes in your attic, contact an attic repair professional, like your local Mr. Handyman for help. We can help with repairs, attic ladder installation, and much more.

Can you walk around in your attic?

It depends on how your attic is constructed. Some attics are designed for easier access, while others are not. If you’re not sure whether your attic floor will support you, consult with a pro before you venture around. This can help you avoid damage to your ceiling or an injury due to a fall. Your local Mr. Handyman is experienced in all types of attic repair work, including attic ladder installation.

Can you walk on an attic joist?

Although you can walk on an attic joist, only do so if it’s necessary. Walking on your attic joist puts you at risk of falling. Your weight could also cause the joist to bow and crack the drywall below. If necessary, bring a piece of plywood that is at least “¼” thick to lay across the attic joists to provide a wider and more stable platform on which to walk. This will also allow you to distribute your weight more evenly and safely.

Does a finished attic add value?

Yes, a finished attic can add value to your home, provided renovations are completed in accordance with your local building codes. Many homeowners have renovated their attics to add extra bedrooms or a common area to their homes. The additional space can make your home more desirable to prospective buyers. Since the average attic occupies the most square footage in most homes, finishing it off can add considerable living area to your house.