Attics can be more than the space between your roof and your home—if you choose to make yours so, that is! With a little bit of love and TLC, you can renovate this so often ignored space into anything from a spare bedroom to a relaxing recreation area.
While the possibilities are endless, renovating an attic isn’t like renovating another space in your home, due to its location and role in regulating your household’s humidity. You’ll need to go about sprucing it up a little differently, especially when it comes to flooring.
Below, E Hardwoods & Flooring, where you can buy hardwood flooring online, fills you in on all the details of installing flooring in your attic.
While you might be excited to add a new living space into your home, don’t get ahead of yourself just yet—not all attics can physically handle flooring and furniture. Bob Vila, a renowned home maintenance publication, recommends that the joists in the space be larger than 2x8s, and if so, that you still have a structural engineer clear the attic for construction before you go ahead. The amount of space between the joists can also play a role in determining your attic’s fitness.
If things aren’t looking safe right now, don’t throw in the towel; generally, attics can be changed to fit code with a little bit of work.
You might not need to route anything extensive up there, but nonetheless, pay attention to pre-existing wiring and plumbing constructions and note them in your DIY plans, as Hunker advises. What runs up there affects the rest of your home in terms of both power and running water, so it’s crucial that you set yourself up for success and make sure you don’t get in its way.
Just like with any space, there is a right and wrong flooring choice for your attic. Our top choice? We love waterproof flooring for its strength against humidity fluctuations. However, it can create airflow problems in certain circumstances. If your attic tends to have a relatively stable climate, however, and you want to promote airflow, a stable and strong species of solid hardwood flooring could work.
Whether you’re set on vinyl flooring or hardwood, we’ve got all your favorite brands at prices you’ll love. Shop our entire online stock today!