An attic can provide extra space in a home for family or friends. The attic can be converted into a number of spaces that can be used for more than just storage. In the case of a bedroom, there are many things that you need to consider when converting your attic as either you or your loved one will be spending an average of 7.7 hours per day there. With an estimated 72.5 percent return-on-investment, if you should sell your remodeled home, getting that extra space to accommodate you now may not be such a bad idea.
So if you are thinking of taking that step and getting your attic converted into a bedroom, here are a few things to consider.
Height is important
It is recommended that the ceiling height of a sloped attic ceiling should be 7 feet across at least 50 percent of your floor area. This is the first consideration when making the changes since, if your attic ceiling height does not meet requirement, then you will either have to lower the ceiling of the rooms below or raise the roof. Another way that you might be able to get more height is by installing dormer windows. These types of windows extend out of the roof and can therefore help to provide more head room.
Adding windows can also account for the availability of natural light into the attic and help with ventilation concerns. The exterior portion of the dormer windows should blend in aesthetically with the rest of the roof to make the roofing look cohesive. Working out these possibilities with your roofing contractor ahead of time can save you a lot of time and money.
Other roof considerations
If your roof or attic is attached to someone else's then you need to consider the acoustics of the attic and the probability of installing some amount of sound insulation. This can be done in tandem with the thermal insulation to help maintain your attic and home at an R-35 to R-40 rating. The insulation recommended to achieve both purposes includes the use of slabs of foam insulation in the rafters, if the roof was raised or blown in foam, if it remained at its original height.
Additional steps to ensure sound proofing as well as thermal security includes caulking and plastering all holes, cracks and joints in the roof especially around windows, pipes and vents. Metal beams that might be used in the roofing also carry noisy vibration quite well but these can be reduced by using rubber or other resilient materials between them.
To learn more, contact a company like Independent Roofing Inc.