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Insulating Your Attic Hatch Door

Insulating Your Attic Hatch Door

March 13, 2020

insulating your attic hatch door

Air leaks in your attic can lead to significant energy loss and even cause a phenomenon called the “stack effect.” This occurs when indoor air escapes from the upper level and outdoor air is sucked in from the lower level. By properly insulating your attic, you can reduce heating and cooling costs by 20% and overall energy costs by 10%. However, when homeowners are insulating their attics, they often forget to insulate their attic hatch door, which helps you access the attic in the first place. If your hatch door is not properly insulated, indoor air can continue to escape leading to energy-loss. That’s why in this blog, the pros at DFW Thermal will give you a quick guide on insulating your attic hatch door.   

How to Insulate Your Attic Hatch Door

There are a few ways you can insulate your attic hatch door to ensure energy savings and better indoor air quality.

  • Attic Stair Cover

There are attic stair covers that you can purchase from your local home improvement store. An attic stair cover looks a little like a rectangular tent made of foil and is placed right behind the attic hatch door. These covers usually come fully assembled and are easy to install and remove. They also come with zippers in order to grant easy access to the attic. Generally, they have varying R-Values going from R-10 to R-50 and their price range is between $50-$150. If you want a durable and easy-to-install solution to prevent energy loss from your attic, this stair cover might do the trick!

  • Fiberglass Batts

If the attic stair cover doesn’t sound appealing, that’s perfectly okay, because you have another option! You can simply attach self-sticking weatherstripping around the edges of the attic hatch opening. Then follow that up with adding fiberglass batts to the back of the hatch door. You will have to cut a piece of fiberglass to size and nail or glue it to the back of the door. This can be a cheaper option than using an attic stair cover, but it might take a little more time to install.

Other Ways to Insulate Your Attic

In addition to insulating your attic door, there are various ways you can insulate your attic. You can use fiberglass blown-in or batt insulation, cellulose insulation, radiant barrier insulation or spray foam insulation. You have many options when it comes to insulating your attic! However, unlike insulating the hatch door, attic insulation is best done by a professional contractor. Getting insulation professionally installed ensures less room for mistakes, long-term cost savings and access to better equipment.

Need a Professional Insulation Contractor in the Dallas Fort-Worth Area? Contact DFW Thermal!

We hope this guide on insulating your attic hatch door was helpful. If you have more questions about insulation or need to install insulation in your home, get in touch with the pros at DFW Thermal! Call us today at 214-731-3115 or schedule a service on our website!