Attic framing creates space between the ceiling and the roof. It should be sturdy enough to carry the weight of the framing and roof as well as snow and ice in colder climates.
Attic inspections are visual. Inspectors will access the attic if possible. Most attics are unfinished and outside the living space of the home. Inspectors will locate and access if the attic has adequate clearance and is unobstructed. Some attics are too narrow to enter or are not present due to cathedral ceilings.
- The sheathing separates framing from roof shingles. It should be kept dry and free of roof leaks and its condition should be reported.
- Attics are subject to extreme temperature changes due to direct exposure to the sun on the roof in summer and the lack of a heat source on winter days. Therefore, adequate attic insulation is necessary for energy efficiency.
- Attics must be ventilated properly to eliminate cold weather moisture buildup and subsequent condensation. Additionally, ventilation is necessary to prevent excessive heat and subsequent overworking of the A/C system during warm weather.
- Plumbing vents, chimneys, and flues should terminate above the roofline and be free of leaks around flashed areas.
- Attic wiring is a part of the branch circuit wiring for the living space. Knob and tube wiring should not be covered with insulation. Wiring should not be covered with insulation. Wiring should not have splices or have open junction boxes.