Free Loft Space ReviewSee what's involved when we carry out our free survey on your loft
Regain up to 50% of your Home’s Floor Space
Your loft takes up a third of the floor space within your house and is a very valuable commodity. Most of us however see the loft as a dark and dingy place that we don’t want to go into. By having your loft boarded, a loft ladder fitted for easy access and a loft light fitted, you can turn your loft from that dark inaccessible space into a useful loft storage space.
Your FREE Loft Survey
At Instaloft we always carry our a full survey on your loft to determine the best course of action to meet your individual needs. This means we need access to your loft in order to carry out certain measurements so that our recommendations to you will be accurate.
We determine the most suitable loft hatch, Loft ladder, loft boarding area, lighting requirements, whether or not you need more loft insulation and much more…
In order to fit a loft ladder in your home we need to measure the length and width of your current loft hatch to be sure your chosen ladder will fit. We also need to check the height of your ceilings. We do this by measuring from floor to floor and this allows us to determine the size and type of loft ladder needed for your loft access. Ladders differ in sizes and placement requirements and it important that we provide the right sized loft ladder for your property.
There are many sizes and styles of loft hatches and these have changed over the years. Pre 1900-1920 homes may not even have had a loft hatch at all as there was rarely any need to use the loft for storage, let alone board the loft. Later loft hatches were very small, in some cases the loft hatch may only have been the size of an A4 paper.
We therefore measure the loft hatch frame to ensure it is of a reasonable and accessible size as currently specified in the building regulations. This also ensures your loft hatch is big enough for you, your loft ladder, and the items you carry up into the loft to fit through.
Inside Your Loft
The height of your loft itself is important for a couple of reasons. If you are having a loft ladder installed we need to ensure there is enough room for the loft ladder to be stored above the loft entrance. Likewise we also want to make sure the loft height is enough for you to move around in comfortably without banging your head… trust us, that hurts!
We need to identify that your ceiling joists are adequate for loft boarding. We will measure the joists to determine this and if we find that they are not adequate we will recommend strengthening the existing joists by fitting in new cross supports on top. This is called a loft subframe and allows the additional weight to be supported more evenly. This is very important as the house was built with joists to support the ceiling and not for walking on or storing your belongings despite the fact that 86% of people use the loft for storage.
Once We have all of this crucial information we can then prepare a quotation based upon your particular loft boarding or loft ladder installation.
We generally only install loft boards and loft flooring in the areas of your loft that are easily and safely accessible. This means that they can be accessed by either standing or walking. By doing this your main loft storage area is kept within the highest points inside your loft which is certainly the most practical.
We DO NOT recommend boarding all of your loft when having loft boarding installed. While we know this is common place with some installers and joiners it can have adverse effects on your property. In our years as approved loft Insulation installers we have had a lot of experience with lofts that have been boarded directly onto the joists and the problems that have arisen as a result especially if the insulation has been squashed into place.
Boarding the whole loft space drastically reduces the air flow within the loft space. As a result of this, condensation can build up and cause problems with damp. If your insulation gets damp it will stop working and the weight and water will cause damage to your ceiling beneath. If the wooden joists get damp… well needless to say it may cost thousands to repair the damage that damp can cause
To avoid these problems we install the Raised Floor Loft Boarding usually in the central area of the loft which allows the air flow from the eaves the continue throughout the loft and under the loft flooring so that problems with damp or condensation do not occur.
This also avoids any unnecessary expense from putting loft boarding down in places that you cannot really use as loft storage due to the low height. We can however install loft shelves into your trusses where possible giving you added loft storage without compromising your ventilation.
We also need to take note of the following:
- Joist Spacing- the distance between the joist varies depending on the age of the property and is an important consideration when deciding how to installed the raised flooring that we use
- Existing Ceiling ConstructionIs your ceiling made from plasterboard or lathe and plaster? artexed or painted? Again these all have an effect on the way in which we have to install your work
- Wiring and Pipework We check the positioning of any wiring and pipework to ensure we design your loft boarding platform in a way that will protect them from damage without compromising safety
- Loft Insulation- We ascertain your existing loft insulation level and will recommend increasing where appropriate- it should be around 270-300mm thick
- Roof Felt-We check the condition of your roof felt (if any) and will recommend installing roof lining to protect your goods from debris if we think it will be benficial
- Lighting and Electrics-Will a single light be enough or would a fluorescent tube light be better? Do we need to relocate any wiring or cables? do you require a socket?
- Plastering workOur team are fully qualified builders and plasterers and we will take care of any plastering work that may be needed if required
As you can see we like to leave no stone unturned in order to ensure we offer you the very best possible service. At the end of your survey we will present you with an inclusive price for the work to be completed and you can then arrange a date with our surveyor there and then or wait for your detailed written quotation to arrive by email shortly afterwards