Storing things in the rafters of a garage


#1

Sorry for such a newbie question, but my girlfriend refuses to allow me to store things in the rafters of our garage because a roofer told her parents to never store things in the attic. Is this true?

I am not storing anything too heavy.


#2

hmm…never heard that before. i was actually going to put T-111 in my pole barn and start storing old files in the rafters. mine are 2, o/c truss built, 2 years old.


#3

If the square root of the weight of the objects to be stored is greater than the mean of the roof surface multiplied by the interior area divided by the current air temperature minus the rotation of the earth cubed then the answer is…No.

lol. Of course you can store stuff in your attic. Please slap your girlfriend for me (some place soft!).


#4

you can store just about anything up in the rafters.
attics are used for storage all the time.

gweedo.


#5

Depends,

Don’t store your wife’s wedding dress in the attic if there is a chance red squirrels will get in the box and chew it to pieces. :frowning:

It get’s hot in most attics so be careful of important photographs etc.


#6

[quote=“dennis”]Depends,

Don’t store your wife’s wedding dress in the attic if there is a chance red squirrels will get in the box and chew it to pieces. :frowning:

It get’s hot in most attics so be careful of important photographs etc.[/quote]

Yeah, it’s just going to be boxe of junk.


#7

Depends how your attic is trussed out.

If a professional made a judgement call on one roof, it doesn’t necessarily apply to ALL of them.

If you look up and see 2x4s, running 20 foot across, at 4 foot centers, without support, put nothing up there. I’ve seen this, and it seems to have been put there to keep the roof from pushing out on the walls. Also seen metal rods on block structures doing the same. Not all places have codes, and never underestimate some builders to go cheap on you.

If they are closer spaced 2x6 or 2x10s with some diagonal trusses, you are safe. If you have a strong central beam, you might even be able to pull engines out of cars using a block/tackle.

It’s all a matter of how well it’s made. Show some pictures of what you are asking about.

Also keep in mind it will be VERY hot up there in the Summer, and could freeze in the winter. Then there’s the critter problems. Give the critters a place to live and they will make a home. Here in PA, my friend found a Bear hibernating in the loft of his old barn.


#8

Actually, the word Attic is latin for “store things up there”

And in Portugese, the word Attic means, “a man’s domain, no women allowed.”

do you tell your girlfriend how to put on makeup?


#9

G-tape with the zinger…

She’s nuts. Keep this in mind if you have marriage potential. A small bit nuts now = a lot bit nuts when married.

AVR is correct.


#10

Also comes in real handy for a porn stash. We were working on a cemetary chapel a week ago and found another stash. some of the stuff was real smut though dating to 2005. aint the first time.


#11

On the other hand, years ago, I bought a brand new 1989 1/2 Mazda RX-7. Parked it in the garage. One night, a raccoon got into the garage and proceeded to throw all and anything up in the rafters, down onto my new car. It did about $3000 damage to the car.

so maybe putting things in the rafters might not be a good idea.


#12

Their’s no problem to store your stuff in your garage.
It’s not a good idea to store in inside the attic.
Moisture from cardboard box or book and clothing, can on the long run cause mold and also affect your roof.
Keep in mind by storing box inside your attic you are compressing the insulation.


#13

I’ve never heard of that before.Use it for all you junk,why not?If not it’s just wasted space…