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Stormguard Around Loft Attic Hatch Door Draught Excluder Seal Strip Weather Proofing Insulation. (4 x 685mm, Brown)

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Each of these openings in the building fabric is a potential source of draughts if not properly sealed. Ree is right, those hinges are completely inadequate, particularly how they are supported by screws into the edge of timber which may shear out. If the loft is insulated at the ceiling joist level, then insulating your loft hatch should confer a substantial benefit. The simple answer is that cold air is coming into your loft space under the eaves (just underneath the edge of your roof).

Even when you have a fully insulated loft with boarding you should still have air flowing through the gap between the flooring insulation and the underside of that boarding. Out of interest, the joiner told me to fit an extra catch on the door so it doesn't drop down accidentally.One of the most common deficiencies on a Home Inspection Report is a poorly sealed and insulated attic hatch. Roofs are designed to let cool air flow in through the sides so that the warm air that rises upwards through your ceiling is collected and got rid of. Tell us what you need help with, leave us your contact details, and we'll get back to you in a jiffy! The bright yellow spot in the centre of the image is the bathroom extractor fan – an example of controlled ventilation that you'd be ill-advised to seal. Draught-proofing is the process of sealing gaps in the external fabric of the building to prevent heat loss by air flow.

This is fairly simple process; essentially you just need to attach the insulation to the top of the loft hatch. Once the styrofoam or wool insulation is firmly in place, then you can start sealing the opening using draught-proofing strips.A smouldering incense stick producing a steady stream of smoke can also be useful for detecting gentle air currents.

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