We've got blown-in insulation in our attic, and I'm tired of everytime
someone goes up
into the attic having little bits of insulation falling out and being
tracked all over the house.
Is it safe to loosely cover parts of the insulation with plastic
sheeting to keep the insulation
more in place?
Not really much our business, is it? ;)
Plastic sheeting might not be good as it can act as a vapor
barrier. Landscape fabric or just regular cloth sheeting might be
better as it'll breath and moisture dissipate.
I'd think that stapling it to the joists would encapsulate it nicely.
May no harm befall you,
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
a quick phone call to a local insulation company in your climate would
provide the best answer.
maybe look at some plastic gardening mesh to let it breathe properly.
if plastic is not permitted it your building code area, maybe metal
window screening is?
unvented plastic could be a moisture trap in many climates.
If you're using the attic for storage then put down a wood floor. Cut
sheets of plywood into pieces that fit up through the access door and nail
'em down to the joists. This will give you more storage, keep the
insulation in place and avoid the risk of someone accidentally stepping on
the ceiling and falling through it. It doesn't have to be anything special,
any old grade of plywood would work, even recycled from other purposes. But
thicker sheets will take weight better. Just be sure to anchor it reliably,
you don't want it moving around or bowing when someone steps on it.
If you've got a lot of insulation up there and it's deeper than the current
top of the joists then you'll have to add to them to provide a secure
mounting for the flooring. This is messy work, you might want to find a
local handyman to do it.
Plastic generally traps moisture. It would seem like a bad idea to put that
up in an attic. If you can't put down wood then something more breathable
would be better than plastic. Not sure what the building code allows
though. You could, I suppose, just staple down some cardboard or heavy
craft paper. That's sort of half-assed, but if all you're doing is storing
the christmas ornaments it might be enough.
Bear in mind that whatever you put down might at some point need to come
back up. To add insulation, fix a leak or wiring, etc. So don't go putting
down something that'll be a real pain in the ass to remove later on.
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