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Does a mobile home have an attic?
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Well, yes and no. The roof trusses create an enclosed space between the ceiling and the roof that can be defined as an attic. But most mobile homes do not have enough height in that space for someone to actually climb in and move around or store something—which is necessary for most people to call it an attic and not just a gap above the ceiling. So an access hatch is not installed because it would only provide access to an area within arm’s reach of the opening.
But a homeowner can cut out an access opening in the ceiling when needed to investigate a wiring, air conditioning, or roof problem. You will need a stud finder to locate the bottom chord of the roof trusses to cut an opening between them, and want to plot the location to avoid opening up an area directly below a duct if they are run above the ceiling.
If you plan ahead and know the required opening to use a manufactured access panel, in either plastic or metal, it can save you time when repairing the ceiling after you’re done; or you can frame the opening above the ceiling with 2x4s and do a traditional plywood attic hatch opening with wood trim around it.
By the way, we have seen a couple of attic hatches in mobile homes over the years, but not many.
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