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    Default Open Attic to Porch Ceiling Addition

    I opened the kneewall access door and discovered the following:
    There was a covered deck added onto a previous addition of the house. Vinyl soffit was installed on the new porch ceiling. It is wide open to the rest of the attic. Should there be a wall constructed to create a barrier, or is this okay?

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    Default Re: Open Attic to Porch Ceiling Addition

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Healy View Post
    I opened the kneewall access door and discovered the following:
    There was a covered deck added onto a previous addition of the house. Vinyl soffit was installed on the new porch ceiling. It is wide open to the rest of the attic. Should there be a wall constructed to create a barrier, or is this okay?
    I see no need to construct a wall as a barrier to the attic.

    Why would do you think one is needed?

    Scott Patterson, ACI
    Spring Hill, TN
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    Default Re: Open Attic to Porch Ceiling Addition

    If the kneewall and interior ceiling in the attic space is insulated, no problem.

    John Kogel, RHI, BC HI Lic #47455
    www.allsafehome.ca

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    Default Re: Open Attic to Porch Ceiling Addition

    To be energy efficient the knee wall should have insulation and an air barrier installed on the attic side.


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    Default Re: Open Attic to Porch Ceiling Addition

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Healy View Post
    I opened the kneewall access door and discovered the following:
    There was a covered deck added onto a previous addition of the house. Vinyl soffit was installed on the new porch ceiling. It is wide open to the rest of the attic. Should there be a wall constructed to create a barrier, or is this okay?
    How high of the porch ceiling?
    If it is reachable by stand on a table/chair, I suggest to add a lock on the hatch door for security purpose. I saw this kind of attic can be entered thru the sofit above the sundeck by stand on a table/chair on deck.


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