Attics are probably the most common place of storage, although they are the most unreliable. There are many reasons for this, so keep reading for reasons why attic storage is definitely not the way to go!
All attics potentially have the major problem of roof leakage. Living in one of the rainiest cities in America, Mobilians deal with this problem many times throughout the year. Even a small roof leak can cause big problems in your attic. It can cause mold and mildew to grow on all of your items in storage, which could spread all throughout your home’s interior. Leaky roofs can also cause a fire hazard if electrical wiring is present in a home’s attic. When the roof leaks it could also damage wall frames, ceiling rafters and even exterior trim, which can be very expensive to replace.
Access to Storage
Attics are usually very difficult to access. They have very limited headroom and most attics only have one entry point. The entrance is often very narrow and small, which can make it difficult to move items in and out of the attic. Attics might not always give you enough space either. Depending on how big your attic is and the amount that can fit in it, using an attic for storage might not be the wisest idea.
Attics tend to get very hot, especially during the summer and adding insulation will not help this problem. Insulation can actually create problems with your attic ventilation. If your attic isn’t insulated properly, it can increase the cost of the heat and energy bill. Many items such as furniture, special collections, instruments, artwork and clothing need to remain in a climate controlled environment, and the attic is not that place.
Many people see the attic as possible living space or a place that could hold heavy items, like furniture. However, attics are not suited for these scenarios as the floor framing might not be strong enough. Heavy items such as couches, multiple people or other appliances like water heaters can cause problems in your home. For example, putting these items or people in an attic could damage the home’s structure or cause ceilings to cave in. There is also a strict code to follow when converting attic storage to a living space.
Many people forget that they have items stored in the attic and will even forget to clean it out when moving. If you have an attic, when was the last time you checked it? You never know what you might find in the attics of some homes. You might find antiques or even car seats from the 80s, but you’ll never know until you look.
Attics overall tend to be terrible places for storage. You could end up damaging the items that you were trying to protect. The items could grow mold that spreads through the house; the attic might not be able to support the weight; items could be hard to access; you may forget the items are even stored there; lastly the temperature may not be suitable for adequate storage. Do your due diligence and find a storage solution that works for you.
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