As your family grows, you may find yourself wishing you had more living space in your home, whether for an additional bedroom, playroom, office, or a home theater. Fortunately, creating additional living space in the attic of your home may be a viable option. However, there are several important things to consider regarding the insulation and climate of the attic. Here's what you need to know before moving forward with transforming your attic into a usable living space.
Remove Insulation that Contains Asbestos
The first and most important thing to do is to determine whether or not there is asbestos in your attic. Asbestos is a mineral that has been mined throughout Canada and has been used for its insulating capabilities. However, due to the known health risks of asbestos exposure, Canada has banned the use of asbestos. While this doesn't mean that asbestos that is already in homes needs to be removed, great care does need to be taken to not disturb asbestos during renovations, which loosens the fibers and causes them to float around in your home and become a health risk for yourself and all family members.
Before doing any renovations, hire an asbestos testing and removal service to test the insulation and other building materials in your attic and remove them if necessary. Due to the risks and dangers involved, the workers will work in your home while wearing full-body chemical suits, which may frighten your children or possibly happily excite their curiosity. Reputable asbestos testing and removal services will request that residents exit the home altogether before they do any work.
Improve Livability with Climate & Moisture Control
Of course, the insulation will need to be replaced to improve the livability aspect of the attic space. Heat rises, so you'll want to make sure you block the heat from rising from below, or the attic may become too uncomfortable. You will also need to use climate and moisture control in the attic.
Also, if moisture tends to accumulate in the attic, it would be a good idea to install a dehumidifier in the attic for moisture control. You can also install attic vents to keep the air flow moving, which can help reduce the amount of condensation that can build up in an attic. More importantly, be sure to open other vents in your home when necessary to reduce the amount of moisture migrating upwards, such as the vent in the bathroom when taking a shower and the kitchen vent when cooking.
For more information, contact a company like GREEN CLOVER ASBESTOS.