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Old 09-30-08, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default Attic door/access insulation

I've read that a large amount of heat can be lost simply through the attic access in most houses. They usually aren't sealed or insulated which leaves a semi closed, but gaping hole insulation wise.

After I am done with insulating the attic I am planning on building something around the access to insulate it. I also picked up some weather stripping material to go on the door itself to seal it from air leaks.

What have you guys done? Pictures would be great as I'm still comming up with ideas on insulating the access.

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Old 10-01-08, 08:32 AM   #2
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huh, i never thought about that.

right off the top of my head, maybe get some of that thick, hard foam insulation. cut it out in pieces to fit in between/around the ladder mounts on the inside. the pieces in between the upper ladder rungs (the ones mounted solid to the access door), could be tricky. maybe some velcro on those blocks so you can take them off when you need the ladder.
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Old 10-01-08, 07:30 PM   #3
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I've seen a "kit" at lowes for just this.

I've also seen a pink styrofoam lid for them that was super cool. I don't see them online . . . The ones at my local lowes are 1 piece.

Here's one Energy Guardian Access Hatch Insulation System - For Standard Attic Hatches - This item ships for free. - Energy Guardian Insulated Access Hatches But you could just build one like that . . .
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Late last winter I got to thinking about this subject. I have 2 attics because it's a tri-level, so 2 doors to lose heat from. Neither were insulated, so I bought some 1 or 1.5" pink insulation board and cut several layers to fit the back sides of the door. I used long screws with fender washers to keep them in place, but some kind of construction adhesive would be good too. The foam fit tight enough into the doorways that it should have sealed most air leaks too. Weather stripping the edges would be a good upgrade later.

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