When examining flooring options for an attic storage space, a children’s playroom, an attic home office, or a bedroom / living space upstairs, you’ll want to consider how your home is structurally constructed. and charging problems. You’ll also want to hire someone who understands insulation and extreme temperatures from summer heat and winter cold, plus how dry an attic gets before making that flooring decision.
- 1 Flooring for an attic storage space
- 2 Floor for children’s playroom in the attic
- 3 Flooring for a home office in the attic
- 4 Flooring for a bedroom or living room in the attic
- 5 Attic bathroom floors
Flooring for an attic storage space
The thickness of the plywood you use comes into play. Some attics have a 24-inch rafter spacing. Along this distance, the ½-inch plywood sheets will warp and even break. With this spacing between joists, you will need ¾-inch thicker sheets of plywood. With 16-inch joist spacing, thinner ½-inch plywood can work. However, if you are building a room to live in and not just creating a storage area, we recommend the strongest ¾-inch plywood sheets as floors can buckle when people walk on the ½-inch thinner boards. inch. Therefore, damage to the attic floor occurs.
Consider noise transmission
With any attic space, especially if family members will be playing, working or living in it, you will want to consider the transmission of noise and sound through the attic floor. A smoother, quieter surface can be a good buffer for footsteps, voices, and TV, music, and computer audio.
Consider whether you have pre-cast trusses in place or conventional frames constructed of wood. Wood is better for bearing loads. If you finish an attic, you should invite professional study of its structural ability. The roof rafters support the weight of the roof and carry it to the exterior walls of the house through its frame. Since trusses are not designed to support additional weight, storing materials on top of trusses represents a structural hazard. Even with standard wooden frames, a careful and professional study of the structure is recommended.
Single space conversion
Converting just part of an attic to storage space can be one answer. Choose the middle of the attic for storage because temperatures range to higher extremes around the edges of the house near the outside. Also keep in mind that plywood floors can compress the insulation by 10 inches or more in your attic. Typically insulation is thicker and taller than joists. But we can raise the height of the joists to make the most of the insulation.
Floor for children’s playroom in the attic
Sturdy floors are needed, floors that act as a sound barrier to noise from children playing above.
Laminate or Vinyl or Linoleum
Laminate, vinyl, or linoleum over a wood subfloor will block sound from the upper attic floor of the homes below. In addition, this type of floor is easy to keep clean. And hard. It comes in a variety of patterns and colors.
Laying a wall-to-wall carpet over a wooden subfloor also provides a softer, quieter floor. Children can sit on a carpeted floor for their activities. Choose a stain resistant rug, which is the short loop type. Wool is expensive. Polyester and olefin are less expensive, but they attract oils and get dirty. Also, they are difficult to clean and do not last. Darker colors work best as they don’t show dirt like lighter colors do. Carpet or tile squares provide the same benefits as wall-to-wall carpeting. These tiles come in a modular system in different patterns and colors. Also, if a tile gets dirty, it can be replaced.
Flooring for a home office in the attic
In this space, you may want an upgrade to wood for a professional look and durable floor. Or you can place a carpet on a sturdy subfloor.
Consult a professional about installing a variety of woods such as cherry, mahogany, oak, maple, walnut, walnut, pine, beech, or other woods. Hardwood seals and is easy to care for. And hardwood can be restored.
Laminate that looks like wood is an affordable option. The quality and durability are high and a professional can install it, so it looks great.
Flooring for a bedroom or living room in the attic
Many penthouses are converted to provide more living space, such as a study or bedroom. Consider flooring types suitable for these areas.
An upstairs bedroom can look great with wood or carpet. Hardwood gives the attic room a loft-like look, and a rug can easily be laid over beautiful hardwood floors. A variety of woods as outlined can go in a bedroom or great room in the attic.
Laminate can give you the hardwood and high-end look at a much lower price. Laminates can also duplicate the look of a tile. Also, they are available in a large number of patterns and colors.
Attic bathroom floors
What if your attic also had a bathroom? Also consider the flooring that will work in that space.
Ceramic or other tiles are an excellent choice for an attic bathroom floor. The tile wears very well and is also durable. Most of the tiles are waterproof.
Here is our collection of attic flooring ideas.