Frequently Asked Questions About Attics

Monday, January 13, 2020

Here’s a collection of our most commonly asked attic questions. While they are not quite as dark and ominous as the crawl space under some homes, attics  still present a number of safety hazards and it's important to know how to enter and move around in one safely. Please read our blog post What are the hazards to avoid when going into an attic? first.

What are the mistakes to avoid when doing attic improvements?

Why is there no attic access hatch in the house? 

How much of a roof truss can I cut out to make a storage platform in the attic?  

 Is a house required to have an attic?

Is an attic required to have a light by the building code? 

• Why are there leaves in my attic? 

How do I safely remove a dead rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) from the attic?

 How do I safely clean up rodent (rat, mouse or squirrel) urine or droppings the attic?

What are the common problems with attic insulation?

What is the building code requirement for an attic access hatch, scuttle, or door? 


Why is vermiculite attic insulation a problem for both buyers and sellers of a home? 

Do home inspectors go on the roof? Do they get in the attic?

• Are soffit/eave vents required by code for attic ventilation? 

 Is cellulose insulation flammable?

• What are the building code requirements for installing a heat pump air handler (indoor unit) in the attic? 

Should I buy a house with no attic access hatch? 

 Should I move my air conditioner into the attic?

• When is a house not required to have an attic access hatch? 

Why is there diagonal bracing at the roof rafters in the attic?

• Does a mobile home have an attic? 

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