06:15AM | 12/15/03
Member Since: 12/08/03
3 lifetime posts
I have blown insulation in the attic of my 4 yr old house. I have some plywood down in the middle of the attic for storage, but would like to add more. Is there a concern about pressing down the insulation towards the middle of the attic. What should be my thought process??



07:35AM | 12/22/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
I'm an expert in nothing, but I agree with K2 and I have heard most attics are not meant for storage. While it is something our parents did and most of us have probably done it's probably not something builders would recommend. Unless you're one of the few who thought about this while building the house and put joists in that are strong enough.

Anyone have any input on this?

Feel free to call me crazy. I do it myself sometimes!

Good luck


01:02PM | 12/27/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
Both replies are correct.
If the normal lofted R-value is 3.5/inch and you compress the insulation from 8" to 4", you will have less insulation value than a normal 4" loft will provide because you will hjave solid material where the encapsulated air is supposed to be resuisting heat loss and it can conduct heat away faster.
If the framing was on;y intended for the ceiling load, and you add the weight of a lot of ply wood plus the stored items, you could find the ceilings sagging and showing cracks in the drywall or plaster. This will be more exaggereated in the center than near the perimeter
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon