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Old 03-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Best attic hatch insulation?


My attic is fully insulated except attic hatch. My (independent) energy auditor by some reason suggested to install McCoy Attic LadderMate. I'm a bit hesitating since my ceilings are not very high, and LadderMate takes another 2'' of their height. Is it really that good or there are in-attic fixes which are not worse at least. I looked at several attic covers, and still not sure how good they are... Any experience/suggestions?

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you have a couple options here. do you have pulldown stairs, or is the access truly a hatch?

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you have a couple options here. do you have pulldown stairs, or is the access truly a hatch?
It is just pulldown stairs
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If its pull down stairs, you can build your own enclosure and insulate it with rigid foam or get one of the pre-built foam enclosures.

Either will work. Make sure the seams are tight, sealed, and aligned. Weatherstrip the top that fits on to the sides.
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just as he said. I would recommend building it on your own though, as I have had alot of difficulty with the prefabbed boxes unless the plywood or whatever flooring around those attic stairs is in great shape.
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Scuttles are easy, due to all you have to do, is apply foam stripping or some kind of weather stripping around the flat edge that the hatch lays on, and a layer of xps over the wood inside the frame for the lid, then a layer of batt over that, once closed, you just seal with clear silicone caulk and you are done.

Attic stairs are harder, especially if they do not have some kind of seal over the access hole above, or weather stripped around the edge when the hatch is closed.

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