How to weatherize your attic yourself (video)
Most homes in Vermont can be made more comfortable by properly air-sealing and adding insulation. This How To focuses on one of the most important areas of the home for weatherization: the attic.
Watch this video for professional tips on air-sealing and insulating your attic. Locate common problem areas and learn how to seal them. Explore the types of insulation that work best in an attic. Then download our printable flyer.
- Silicone, acrylic latex caulk and/or low expanding foam for air sealing
- High-temperature (heat-resistant) caulk for sealing around flues and chimneys
- Foam board insulation to cover soffits, open walls, and larger holes. Alternatively, you can use drywall or pieces of plywood
- Roll of 14-inch aluminum flashing to keep insulation away from the flue pipe
- Weather-stripping for attic hatch
- The attic must be accessible and easy to move around in
- Use proper safety equipment (dust masks, gloves, long sleeves, safety glasses, lights)
- Attics can get dangerously hot on sunny days, especially in the summer. Make sure there is a friend or family member that can help if needed
- Call a professional if you see any of these:
- Damp conditions indicating a moisture or ventilation problem
- Old (knob and tube) or faulty electrical wiring
- Vermiculite insulation—usually appears as gray, silvery chips