Structure: Attics

Attics

Attics
Roof framing from the attic

Maintenance

  • 1x per year: Have a qualified inspector perform a visual review of the attic space annually. For safety reasons we do not recommend homeowners enter the attic. Stepping in the wrong place can result in falling through the ceiling with the prospect of injury or death. Attic inspections should look for water stains on the underside of the roof and around plumbing penetrations, vents etc., signs of rodents, broken ducts, missing insulation, chewed wires.

The space between roof and ceiling

On homes with pitched roofs, the attics are spaces between the roof and the living area ceilings of the home. In homes with high, steep-pitched roofs, the attic can be quite large with enough headroom to walk around comfortably.

The roof framing in the attic is typically exposed and uninsulated which allows for direct visual inspection of the underside of the roof for leaks and moisture.

To allow air circulation, attics will have screen covered air vents around the perimeter of the roof/eaves, “eyebrow” vents on the roof plane itself, and possibly vents along the ridge of the roof.

Electrical wiring, the mounting cans for recessed light fixtures, ducting and some plumbing lines and furnace equipment may also be located in the attic space.

Access

Access to the attic space(s) will be through hatches in the ceilings of the home and sometimes through the garage. These hatches can be equipped with retractable, pull-down ladders making access much easier. Even with easy access, homeowners should know that the attic space is not designed or intended for storage. Access to this area is for inspection of the structure and maintenance of mechanical equipment in the attic space. If you wish to store things in the attic, a design to modify the space should be developed to do so properly.

When performing tasks in the attic, use extra caution and avoid stepping off structural members and onto the drywall. This can cause a fall of about 8-12 feet, resulting in personal injury, death and quite a bit of damage to the ceiling below.

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