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How to air seal and insulate in unreachable attic areas?

alanchao | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

I am air sealing/insulating my attic before the winter hits.

There’s a section of the house where the roof line changes for a window and dropped soffit for the 2nd floor room. While in the attic, I noticed a small area where I could look into this dropped area, but could not reach, as it was located beyond the eaves of the normal roof line.

Would it be possible and/or worth doing to cut into the soffit ceiling from the room, check it out and make repairs, and close up the soffit again?


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    Martin Holladay | | #1

    I'm not sure whether this window area has a dropped soffit or just a ceiling -- but in any case, the answer is yes. It's possible (and common) for workers to open up a ceiling in order to perform air sealing work or insulation improvements. Once this work is done, you simply repair the ceiling.

  2. alanchao | | #2

    Thanks Martin for the quick response! I've included an interior shot so you can see from the inside. Looks like I will have some fun cutting drywall.
    Appreciate all your articles and posts from this site! It's been a great help.

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