Boarding a loft is no easy task, even for the most accomplished DIYer. Squeezing into tight, often hot lofts and working within restricted spaces is just some of the challenges our fitters contend with but with specialist training and experience, this is now second nature to our fitters. This is especially the case with New Build houses, which often feature a complex arrangement of joists and supports.
Read on discover our 5 step guide on how to board a loft, the Instaloft way.
No two lofts are the same, which means there is no one-fits-all loft boarding package. Joists are uneven, standard boarding may already be in place and if there isn’t much floor space available, we can also recommend that the eaves be used for extra storage with our custom truss shelving. Our professional fitters will expertly survey your loft and recommend the best way to maximise your loft storage space. If a loft ladder is required, we can also establish whether the current loft hatch is suitable.
Clearing the loft space
On the agreed install date, we will then begin to clear the loft space. Removing or squashing your insulation is a big no no for Instaloft as it stops it from working! It reduces it’s efficiency by up to 50% and this ultimately ends up costing you money because it increases your heat loss and therefore raises your energy bills. Standard loft boarding would squash your insulation, which is why we only install the award winning LoftZone raised loft flooring. Learn more about this system here and discover the differences between standard vs. raised loft boarding here.
Installing the subframe
Once the loft area has been cleared, we then begin to install the LoftZone raised subframe onto the existing joists using the special supports made from extremely strong engineering grade plastic and galvanised steel cross beams. This support creates a very strong and safe platform in your loft that surpasses the British Standard 6399-1:1996 for minimum imposed floor load requirements.
Laying the Loft Insulation
With the subframe now installed, we then lay the existing loft insulation between the beams in the opposite direction to the joists to maximise the efficiency of the insulation. At this point, we can also install new loft insulation or top-up levels, if required. Click here for more information on loft insulation.
Laying the loft flooring boards
Finally, we then complete the ‘how to board a loft – the Instaloft way’ by laying the loft boards securely onto the raised LoftZone subframe to create a strong and safe floor for your loft storage.