Tru-Seal is installed as soon as the drywall is complete.This is perfect for builders that build in the winter because the attic access can be sealed up while the rest of the house is completed. This saves the builder hundreds of dollar$ in heating costs by not running the heater constantly with an open access.
It also allows us to insulate the access using batt insulation to the equivalent R-Value as the rest of the attic. This could be R20, R40 and even R60! Whatever you insulate it to is the effective R-Value as the finish door of Tru-Seal acts as a vapour barrier seal. Tru-Seal is very energy efficient because of this!
Tru-Seal is made using premium PVC material. It is completed with a PVC Brickmould so you do not need to finish your access off by installing your own trim and having to paint that afterwards. It comes ready to install in 15 minutes and once it is installed you are done. Builders love this feature as the attractive Finish Door can be installed at the very end of the construction process.
We stress the importance of the continuity of the vapour barrier in the home and until now it hasn't been an option with the attic access. We believe the access should be as one with the rest of the attic to provide the most energy efficiency as possible.
What is the standard R.O. (Rough Opening) of Tru-Seal Attic Hatch?
The standard size is 22 1/2" x 26" however we offer custom sizes as well with a quick turnaround rate
How do you get into the attic once it's sealed up?
Tru-Seal is installed using 1 1/4" screws. Simply unscrew the screws and take down the doors to get into the attic.
Is there damage to the drywall after you take down the doors?
Tru-Seal does not touch the drywall at all. It is fastened on using cleats in the access cavity. It comes with the "Seal Door" that is installed to the drywall once drywall is completed and a decorative "Finish Door" is fastened on to the Seal Door afterwards. There is absolutely no damage done to the drywall and is designed to save you the time, money and resources of adding a trim and painting the trim afterwards.
One of the main advantages of Tru-Seal is that you are now able to fully insulate the entire cavity. Unlike conventional accesses there is no space around a door into the attic. This keeps the cold attic air above the insulation and eliminates the air flow from the interior of the house into the attic and vice versa. The product itself does not include the insulation. The installer must insulate the cavity using batt insulation. The installer simply friction fits the batt insulation to achieve their desired R-Value.
Seen here is a sample side profile of a conventional attic access compared to Tru-Seal Attic Hatch. Tru-Seal (bottom) is insulated completely with batt insulation. The conventional hatch is not able to insulate using batt insulation as the door pushes into the attic and there is no way to pull the insulation back down.
Why does there have to be so many screws?
The screws all the way around the hatch make sure that there is no air flow getting into the attic. An average homeowner maybe goes into the attic once a year. It only takes 15 minutes to take the seal door and finish door down to gain access. Because it is fastened on, Tru-Seal can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs over the year.
Testimonials from a few of our loyal builders:
"I would like to begin by stating that the Tru-Seal Attic Access is the best attic access that we have ever come across..."-Errol Fisher, North Ridge Development
"I have been using the Tru-Seal Attic Hatch for several years. The Tru-Seal has eliminated heat loss and frost build up. It is very easy to install and I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to avoid moisture and frost issues in the future." - Brant Homes Inc.
"Daytona Homes Edmonton switched to using the Tru-Seal Attic Hatch product in winter 2017. We made the change to address two problems we were having with traditional products. Condensation appearing around the opening because of the difficulty in sealing this area. The second issue was the lack of air seal when conducting pressure tests to achieve air change per hour results. Since changing over to the Tru-Seal product, we have had improved test results on the air changes resulting in greater energy efficiency. We also have seen an increase in customer satisfaction with this portion of their home as the condensation concern is rectified. The improvements have resulted in a number of other divisions of Daytona Homes choosing to use this product." - Daytona Homes
"...Where there is drastic temperature change (like between a cold attic space and a warm room below), if not properly insulated, condensation can occur, and we're all aware of how damaging water can be. That's why we double batt our attic hatches with R22 insulation, and use Tru-Seal hatches. They're one of the few brands out there that have a long lasting weather proof seal to properly separate the attic space from the living space below"- Edgewater Development Corp.
"This is a top notch product! Far superior to anything else on the market for attic hatches. I love seeing these installed in homes and always point them out to clients!" - Saskatoon Home Inspections