Little Known Attic Flooring Options

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What You'll Need
Boards or sheeting material
Nails
Hammer
Saw

Attic flooring is an ideal way to make better use of your attic by being able to walk around in the space and take advantage of its storage potential. Attic flooring is typically installed on top of floor joists, to which it is attached by nails or screws. While plywood would be an ideal solution, the sheets might be too large to get up there. Let's consider other available options.

Attic Flooring Options

One alternative is the use of regular or groove and tongue boards nailed down across the top of joists below. Another alternative to plywood is modular flooring of individual, interlocking panels made of durable, hard plastic. Another is rolls of eco-friendly bamboo sheets manufactured specifically for the typical space between floor joists, so installation involves less tailoring. Bamboo is more resilient and stronger than typical woods, such as pine, and synthetics, such as vinyl.

Attic Flooring and Insulation

When installing attic flooring, homeowners may make the mistake of compressing their insulation, thus compromising its ability to trap air. Because the above-mentioned flooring options allow air to pass through the materials, the insulation below can breathe and won't trap moisture in your attic.

Learn more about attic flooring.