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The Dos and Don’ts of Boarding Over Attic Insulation

Are you looking to improve the insulation in your attic? Effective attic insulation keeps the warm air in your home, helping to improve the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your energy bills. 

In an uninsulated home, up to 25% of heat can be lost through the roof. The recommendation for insulation varies by location, see more. Having insulation that is 11″ thick, for example, can save you up to 25% on your energy and heating bills. Often, this results in the insulation being thicker than the joists and trusses. Creating an issue of boarding over insulation. Here are our top tips if you’re looking to board over the full depth of insulation in your attic. 


Do not squash your insulation by placing items or boarding directly on top

If you squash your attic insulation, you reduce its thermal performance by up to 50%. It can also create issues in the attic such as damp and condensation as the insulation does not have sufficient airflow to be protected or work effectively. 

Do not remove any insulation to make room for standard attic boarding

Doing so you can reduce the energy efficiency of your home and its thermal performance. You should ensure you have the recommended depth of insulation in your attic. With the right products, you don’t need to compromise on insulation to create storage space in your attic. 

Do not forget safety measures

Make sure you do your research and planning before you do any DIY in your attic. Also, ensure you have the right tools and PPE in place too. We recommend you use a spare attic board to kneel on while you work. Keep in mind to work safely in your attic to avoid any risks of injury or repair work!


Install a raised attic boarded area that sits above the insulation

StoreFloor is an award-winning, fully patented attic boarding system designed especially for installing a raised attic floor over insulation. It is the only BBA-approved raised attic boarding system that saves money, helps the environment and increases safety.

Check the current condition of your insulation 

Especially if you have just moved, or if your property is over ten years old. It is possible that you may require to ‘top-up’ or replace the insulation entirely with new insulation. From this, you can get a better understanding of how to improve and protect your insulation in your, to ensure it gives you the most benefits of keeping your home warm. 

So, if you want to board over your insulation make sure you do not squash it and ensure it has sufficient airflow so it can work effectively to heat your home. By installing a raised boarded area, with products such as AtticZone StoreFloor you can ensure your insulation has sufficient airflow while providing optimal storage space in your attic.

Whether you fancy installing your own DIY kit or would prefer an installer, our team of attic experts are always happy to answer any questions or help you to make the most out of your attic space. Give us a call on 617-765-7444 (7am to midday, EST) or drop us a message to sales@attic-zone.com

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