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Attic access insulation for energy savings and to meet code compliance

Access to your attic may be via an attic door (attic panel, attic scuttle). All of these attic openings can waste energy at alarming rates. The attic opening is a rough carpentry opening that may have gaps and not be square which make the attic opening a prime location for energy leakage. Additionally, the attic insulation cannot fit into the attic opening without assistance because it is too wide.  Attic insulation rolls are typically 24” wide while the opening is about 22”. This creates an attic insulation energy gap where the attic panel is poorly insulated or not insulated at all.  For the attic to be insulated to meet the energy code the attic panel (attic door, attic scuttle) needs to be insulated to the same level as the attic space for optimum energy savings. The attic door (attic panel, attic scuttle) typically has attic insulation cut to fit the panel but as the video shows, attic insulation needs to be mechanically fit into the attic access door opening.  Our attic insulation retainer is the only one made specifically for an attic door (attic panel, attic scuttle) and not for an attic stairway.  No other attic access insulation method is faster or less expensive.  No other attic access insulation product uses the existing insulation or the existing panel.  Our product allows for 360 degree access to your attic while others restrict access due to bulky and high walls or swing-down panels that can restrict ladder placement.  No other attic access insulation product requires only a screwdriver to install, other attic access products require two men, carpentry skills and cost a lot more.

ScuttleBuddy - the cost-effective DIY attic insulation product for saving energy at the attic panel.

Attic Access Hatch Scuttle Door Insulation Retainer - ScuttleBuddy - Sectional View

ScuttleBuddy screws to the attic panel and retains the insulation in-place while keeping the insulation from binding on the surrounding frame and insulation.  ScuttleBuddy’s low profile design allows it to be used in shallow attic spaces - other solutions are over 12” tall and make it difficult to get in and out of the attic due to the high ‘walls’ created around the attic access opening.

In addition to being a cost effective solution, ScuttleBuddy requires no special skills or tools – only a screwdriver is needed.  And, no measuring or cutting is required – its unique design allows it to adapt to almost any length standard opening with 24” on-center trusses. 

Installation is fast and easy – you only need a screwdriver and 15 minutes. ScuttleBuddy works with all blanket, batt or roll insulation – if the attic has ‘blown-in’ insulation, short lengths of blanket insulation can be found at most home improvement stores.

ScuttleBuddy works with any push-up access panel that is ½” or more in thickness. Even steel panels can use ScuttleBuddy - just use double-faced tape instead of the screws.

(Note: ScuttleBuddy is not for use with pull-down attic stairs – for these you will need an attic tent or a specialized insulation cover.)

Attic Access Hatch Scuttle Door Insulation Retainer - ScuttleBuddy - Kit Contents Saving energy and money begin with home energy conservation, home improvement and home renovation ideas that include methods to stop drafts. ScuttleBuddy significantly reduces air flow between the attic and conditioned space.

See the easy Installation Guide for instructions.