Install, Clean, Replace & More Attic Repair Services
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 line.
When you need professional attic repair, contact your local Mr. Handyman. We offer a convenient, one-call solution that allows you to schedule an appointment and receive a safe, worry-free experience from one of our local professionals.
The attic is not always an easy space to access. If you’re tired of getting out the ladder every time you need to get in your attic, talk to your local Mr. Handyman about installing drop-down stairs. This will allow for easier access so you can use your attic space for storage or adding an extra room to your house. Our home improvement professionals can also repair damaged or unsightly attic doors or install a new attic door.
In addition to attic ladder installation, we can check the level and quality of your attic insulation and make recommendations that can help improve the energy-efficiency of your home. We have experience installing many types of insulation, so your home stays up to code and in the pink during hot and cold weather. This will also help your HVAC system work more efficiently throughout the year.
When it comes to the ceilings in your home, your attic and roof play an important role. If your roof has cracks and holes, moisture from the outside can create mold, mildew, and wood rot in your attic. If left unaddressed, this damage can make its way to the ceiling and walls of your home and create an even bigger problem. Preventative maintenance and addressing any signs of trouble is the best way to avoid expensive repairs later.
Maintaining the structural integrity of your home is essential to ensure a safe environment for you and your family. If you notice any signs of a leak, such as stains on your ceiling or water damage high on walls, don’t hesitate to call for assistance. One of our professionals can inspect your attic areas for water damage, repair any leaks, and, if needed, replace lumber quickly to prevent further damage and costly repairs. Our home improvement professionals can also install hurricane straps, ties, and clips on your roof trusses to protect your home from extreme weather.
Properly maintaining your attic and roof vents will allow air to flow through the attic. Maintaining or installing an attic fan can help circulation fresh within your attic, which will help keep it dry, and your home cool during the hottest months of the year. Please note that electrical services are subject to state and local licensing requirements and, therefore, may not be available at all locations. Contact your local Mr. Handyman for more information.
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 the roof trusses to walk on, which makes navigating the space more challenging. Once you deem it’s 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 attic to add extra bedrooms or a common area to their home. 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.
Attic Stairs & Attic Door Installation
The attic is not always an easy room to access. If you’re tired of getting out the ladder, talk to your local Mr. Handyman about installing drop down stairs so that you can easily use your attic space for storage and more. Our home improvement professionals can also repair unsightly attic doors or install new attic doors altogether.
We check insulation level and quality, make recommendations and install many kinds of insulation to keep you up to code and in the pink when the weather turns hot or cold. We don’t want your air conditioner and heater to work overtime if they don’t have to.
Your roof and your attic’s ceiling are one and the same. If your attic has cracks and holes, then moisture from the outside will create mold, mildew and wood rot. Preventative maintenance and addressing signs of trouble early is simply money in the pocket.
If there are any signs of leaking, such as stains on your ceiling or water damage high on walls, we inspect attic areas for water damage and replace lumber quickly and professionally, preventing the need for costly roof repairs. Our home improvement professionals can also install hurricane straps/ties/clips on all roof trusses that attached to the wall frame in order to prevent lift from the roof in extreme wind events.
Vent Cleaning & Attic Fan Installation
Attic and roof vents that are clean allow air to flow through the attic, and similarly, attic fans help attic circulation, keeping your attic dry, your air fresh and your home cool in the summer heat.
Please note that electrical services are subject to state and local licensing requirement and therefore may not be available at all locations. Contact your local Mr. Handyman for more information.