You may not pay much attention to the door in the ceiling that leads to your attic, but there is one good reason why you should. The door not only provides you with access to your attic and the items you've stored up there, but it can also be a mode of transportation for warm and cool air if you don't have it insulated, costing you more money than necessary on your energy bills. Doing the work yourself is not difficult. This guide provides the information you need to know to get it done quickly.
Step 1: Procure Your Materials
You'll need several items to complete the job properly. This is what you'll need:
- 1 sheet of foam board insulation
- 1 tube of construction adhesive
- a utility knife
- a tape measure
- a pencil
- a drill
- a screw drill bit
- 4 medium-size wood screws
Step 2: Measure the Door
Use the tape measure to obtain the length and width of the door. Write them down if you need to on the foam board insulation.
Step 3: Cut the Insulation
Transfer the measurements to the foam board insulation by measuring the same length and width, and marking it on the insulation with the pencil.
Cut the insulation to size with the utility knife.
Step 4: Glue the Insulation on the Door
Spread thin lines of construction adhesive on the backside of the insulation. Try to spread it evenly, making "S" shapes as you go along.
Attach the foam board insulation to the attic side of the door. Press firmly and run your hands over the board to spread the adhesive out further. Wait for the glue to dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 5: Secure the Insulation With Screws
Place one screw in each corner of the insulation and door. To do this, insert the screw drill bit into the drill and screw in the wood screws through the insulation into the door. This adds stability to your work, should the adhesive come loose down the road.
Now that your pull-down attic door has insulation, less warm or cold air will escape your home. Even if your attic door is in the garage, this small renovation project is a good thing to do, because heat in summer can rise into the attic, damaging stored items and creating a hotter-than-necessary area. Ask your contractor to check your home for other areas that might need additional insulation.