During the construction of houses with attics, design errors, insulation errors or errors in the installation of vapor barrier are often made. Let’s find out how to prevent them.
Attic houses are a fairly popular choice. This is how they build both summer cottages and houses for permanent residence of the family. But during the construction of this room, mistakes are often made that can become critical.
Correct construction of attics
- The first mistake – the lack of a project
- The second mistake is not to make an estimate
- Mistake three – not enough space for stairs
- The fourth mistake – insufficient insulation
- Fifth mistake – choosing and using a vapor barrier incorrectly
- Mistake six – problems with roof windows
The first mistake – the lack of a project
Despite all the warnings from professionals, many homeowners continue to build attics, as they say, by eye. Or they choose a picture from the network, deciding that they can fully translate it into reality. According to experts, even standard projects are not suitable in this case! The attic is always individual, you need to calculate all the details, find out whether it will be convenient to use such a room under the roof, how the furniture will stand, and so on. Therefore, a preliminary design plan is necessary.
The second mistake is not to make an estimate
Many believe that building an attic together with the second floor is a significant cost savings. In fact, of course, a one and a half floor will cost less than a full second with a roof. But to say that the attic is cheap is impossible! A one-story house is where the savings are much more noticeable. Therefore, be sure to make a preliminary estimate, calculate the finances and, if they are clearly not enough, give up the attic in time at the stage of drawing up the project.
Mistake three – not enough space for stairs
It cannot be assumed that the main thing is to equip the attic, let alone the stairs we will somehow shove! As a result, the owners get uncomfortable, unsafe designs that they don’t even want to use. Decide in detail on the design, dimensions, geometry, location of the stairs in advance.
The fourth mistake – insufficient insulation
Taking a heater of less thickness than needed, you can get a room instead of a comfortable attic, where it will be unbearably hot in summer and chilly in winter. Experts insist that the attic should be insulated in two layers – between the roof rafters and additionally on top of them in order to block possible cold bridges. In general, as with floor insulation in a wooden house, it is better to choose a thicker insulation, spend a little more than get problems in the future.
Important! Non-specialized rolls of insulation can only be used on horizontal surfaces! These are not suitable for the walls of the attic. We advise, according to European standards, to make a layer of insulation of at least 300 millimeters.
Fifth mistake – choosing and using a vapor barrier incorrectly
Condensate must not be locked inside the insulation; special materials must be used for vapor barrier. It is very important to correctly lay the membrane, not inside out, use a specialized tape for fastening so that everything is tight, lay the material with an overlap.
Mistake six – problems with roof windows
First, we note that the attic may turn out to be an insufficiently lit room. It is sometimes worth investing in a curtain window to provide both view and sunlight. Secondly, improper installation of windows in the attic can negate all your efforts to insulate the room – it will blow. Also, remember that windows are responsible for natural ventilation. They also have to be washed. Therefore, the sash opening-closing system must be well thought out.
We are sure that our article will help you build an attic, which will become one of the most cozy, warm, comfortable rooms in your new home! published by econet.ru
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