Located between the interior ceiling and roof, attics are designed to help regulate and control airflow throughout a home or commercial property. These spaces are critical to regulating temperature and can have drastic impacts on a property’s energy efficiency.
Due to most of a property’s heat being collected in the attic, attics are not typically considered livable space and are often only used for storage. However, finished attics can have a variety of uses, including additional living space.
Attics are a common feature of more conventional American-style homes and buildings found across the Southwest, specifically those with sloped roofs. It is usually in the attic that you can see the underside of the roof and the top of the property’s frame. HVAC units, plumbing, and electrical components may also be routed through the attic.
However, attics are not as common in the flat-roofed pueblo and modern style properties. There is still generally an air space between the ceiling and roof that serves the same heat-regulating purposes as a conventional attic.