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Insulating A Home With No Attic Access



Hi Itchy -

We have absolutely no insulation in our attic, and would like to remedy the problem.  The problem is - there is only a small opening into the attic, and I don't think an adult could maneuver once they got into the attic.  I am hoping blown insulation is still an option, but how can we safely insulate without filling the entire attic area?  Believe me, this thought has come to mind frequently, although I know you aren't supposed to do it that way.  Any suggestions?

MJ
 

Hi MJ

That reminds me of a home we insulated about 10 years ago. In fact, there was no attic access. Don't worry, you don't need to fill your entire attic with insulation. So, what to do...

This house had rectangular roof vents (roof jacks) that went along about 2 feet below the ridge of the roof, spaced about every 10 feet or so. So we asked the customers if they wouldn't mind us replacing a couple of the vents with a larger variety (about 1' x 1') and they didn't have a problem with it. So, we cut a couple of larger openings in the roof where the existing vents were located and we were able to insulate the entire attic from on top of the roof. Once done we replaced the roof vents and their home was then insulated to code. And they ended up with more ventilation also.

When we were finished the you couldn't tell we had removed the roof vents except for the ones we replaced. If your original contractor did it right these vents are usually located to the rear of the home and not visible from the street. If you don't have this type of ventilation you could easily have them installed and they are not very labor intensive and are inexpensive to purchase. Don't let the contractor try to dog you and try to get more than it's worth - I can install one of these in 5 minutes from start to finish. In fact I think I have a article on my website that can show you how to install these. It's a simple DIY project that most people can do.

Good luck with your project and let me know how it turns out.

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