I'm looking for suggestions for my attic hatchway. It currently only
has a thin, ill-fitting sheetmetal cover, which allows lots of air to
rush into the attic. My question is what would make a good hatch
cover that would also be fairly well insulated to conserve heat in the
winter. Is there thick foam available which, cut to the right size,
would make a light weight yet effective door? Or should I just get
some plywood and staple some insulation to the back?
To clarify, I access my attic through a small hole cut in the ceiling.
There's no actual door or ladder to contend with.
Your goal is two-fold: to stop air flow and to stop heat loss. To do
it "right", you will need to build a frame of 1"x6" materials to
insert in the existing hole to retain your existing ceiling
insulation. Once this is in place, you will need to frame a "lip"
with some 1"x3" material. This will give your hatch something to sit
on, and you can attach some foam gasket on this lip to provide a seal
I would recommend you build a hatch cover out of wood the size of your
new frame, minus 1/8" on each side for easy opening/closing. You can
use construction adhesive to attach blue or pink styrofoam (the dense
stuff) to the hatch cover. Alternatively, you can build another frame
and attach it around the edges of the hatch cover, then fill it with
fiberglass or rockwool insulation. A couple of screw hooks will allow
you to "batten down the hatches "so-to-speak."
The following links may help you:
Mr Fixit eh
On 1 Nov 2004 19:25:34 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Fleemo) wrote:
I made a cardboard box from discarded appliance box and fastened some
Fiberglas insulation to the top of it. I used nylon cord to make
handles along the side. Mine fits over my pull-down ladder. You
could apply thick Styrofoam to the metal cover using construction
adhesive. Styrofoam cuts easily with a hot knife.
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