Posted in Blog  
  on Nov 17, 2015

How to Seal an Attic Door

One of the most common places for heat to escape your home is through the roof. When there is an unsealed attic door present, it becomes even easier to lose this energy resource. That's why knowing how to seal an attic door can help you quickly save some cash during the colder months for a relatively small investment of time and money. Here's what you're going to need to do.

1. Install Weatherstripping.

You can find weatherstripping that is self-sticking for a quick installation. You can also apply your own through tubing if you prefer. If your attic door rests on its moldings, then you'll also want to install 2.5 inch wide stops during this process to make sure the attic door doesn't create premature wear and tear on your weatherstripping. Make sure to press the weatherstripping in firmly and give it time to dry properly before closing the attic door on it.

2. Insulate The Back Of Your Door.

Most attic doors have an open hatch that will still allow energy to escape despite the weatherstripping. By adding insulation to the back of the door, you'll be able to do a better job of sealing in the energy. You can use something as simple as a piece of foam board cut to shape or install fiberglass, newspaper, or your preferred insulation.

3. Install An Attic Stair Cover.

If you have a pull-down set of attic stairs, then you'll want to make sure they are covered to prevent energy loss. These install just like insulation does to help make sure you aren't spending more on your utility costs than you should be.

4. Do a Final Check Of Your Attic.

Many attics aren't finished and often don't have any insulation covering the wiring that runs between the joists. Sealing your attic door won't do any good if your attic is completely bare because the heat will just escape through your unprotected ceilings instead.

Knowing how to seal an attic door means treating this door as if it were an outdoor entry point. Whether your access point is in your garage or in a bedroom, following these steps will help you save some cash now and in the future for less than 60 minutes worth of work. Get started today and your tomorrow will be much warmer.


The Landlord Tenant Board: What it is and When it is Needed

Many times, there are issues between a landlord and a tenant that need to be resolved but are failed to do so, because both parties have gone too far with their actions, and have retaliated in the... More

How to Create a Residential Lease Agreement

Where there is a landlord, there will also be a tenant, and it is no surprise that these two parties can only work together once there is some sort of agreement, contract or a binding deal in place.... More

The Best Sites for Rental and Lease Agreement Templates

Many landlords find it difficult to write and draft a lease agreement. Since every State has its own general template, it can also be difficult to make sure your lease agreement meets all the criteria... More

The Best Landlord Associations for Landlords to Join

If you’re a landlord and want to manage your business in a better way, you should endeavor to get in touch with those industry experts who have the experience and the skills to help you do it. This is... More

Unpaid Rent

When you talk about the most common disputes arising between landlords and tenants, nonpayment of rent has to be there in the list. People rent their properties to earn money, and when a tenant... More

Section 8 Landlord Pros and Cons

If you have ever rented a living space and have had to move many times, you’d already know how difficult it is to find decent, affordable and secure living premises. A person has to deal with the same... More

Landlord Inspection Checklist: Rights, Letters, and Reports

Landlords across the state have the prime responsibility to make sure they inspect and up keep their property once they have rented it to the tenants. Inspections can occur monthly or yearly depending... More

Landlord Maintenance Costs and Responsibilities

Everyone knows that a landlord’s job is not easy. These folks have specific duties and responsibilities that they must perform in order to be fair. Being a landlord is not a position but it is, in... More

When to Withhold Tenant Security Deposit

Asking for a security deposit is quite common in property dealings. The reason to ask for a security deposit is to have something that would help a property owner recover some of their financial... More

How to Report Bad Tenants

Bad tenants are the worst-case scenario for any landlord; no one wants them, and if someone has them, they want them out in any way possible. There are times when landlords try as much as they can to... More