4 Awesome Energy Efficient
Attic Storage Ideas

Attic Storage Solutions : an attic is the most cost effective way to add usable square footage to the home. But, how is this done without compromising the intended R-Value of the insulation? 

Attic Storage is usually in an unconditioned vented space with an active attic fan in summer to remove excess heat. Stored items should be kept in air tight waterproof containers to ensure contents are not damaged by semi exterior temperatures, humidity, condensation, and moisture. 

Attic pathways over framing to reach furnace room and home  mechanicals is a safe way to travel over the top of your home safely. Attic pull down ladders assist in safe entrance to the attic. These storage decks, pathways, and ladders create vulnerable locations for heat escape from the living space in winter. 



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several considerations
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There are several considerations to discuss with homeowners when determining wether or not storage is possible

DIY Ideas

While there are some potentially useful DIY ideas on the market, we will focus entirely on the intended performance of the attic insulation and ventilation as it relates to a healthy comfortable home. Lets take a look at whats available and what may work or not work in the Chicago Area. 

One of the most common ways you may find online is LoftLedge. This is actually a great way to gain additional storage in the event there is proper truss construction in the format pictured and it meets safety and weight requirements. Keeping in mind accessibility. This Truss pattern is also uncommon. 


Warning : in the Chicago Area, we have fluctuating temperatures to the extreme in both directions, so weather is a consideration for stored items particularly the potential for mold growth on organic substances such as cardboard boxes. We had one such client who declined the solar fan active ventilation, and after mold treatment, he returned all items he had removed prior to mold treatment back into the the same environment and the mold returned to the attic sheathing ( roof deck.) 

 Green Attic has a far better method that does not compromise intended R-Value. Insulation gaps between studs may result in approximately 20-30% reduction in the surface area of the cooling or heating source ( at a minimum.)

Our final two considerations are
lighting and safety

Our final two considerations are lighting and safety / accessibility. The attic storage space must be safely accessible to the homeowner so in some cases we are able to create a larger opening to the attic hatch and install a pulldown ladder such as the rainbow attic stair.

  This is possible when the attic framing is designed for modification and load. When lights are installed in the attic, they should meet current electrical code. A headlight or flashlight will work as well, but keep in mind you may need free hands, so if no electrical is available, a battery powered light should be placed in the areas of accessibility. 


Final Note: We perform hundreds attic retrofits per month and we see several types of attics ranging from late 1800’s to 2021, each with its own set of variables. Our expert insulation consultants perform free in home visits and will listen to your needs and discuss possibilities for storage, sometimes its not possible based on the current attic conditions such as structural load or space. 

  • Contact us today to see if we can create an affordable storage solution for your home. 
  • We will measure and examine the conditions of the attic space
  • Provide you with a free quote based on sq footage. 
  • Ensure it meets the needs of your families storage goals. 

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