Loft hatches come in a variety of different styles and options. They are an absolute must when it comes to allowing quick and easy access into your loft space so you can utilise it for additional storage purposes.
Modern innovations have made them much more lightweight, durable and long-lasting. That said, they will need replacing eventually, so what signs indicate when it might be time for a loft hatch replacement?
Reasons for getting a loft hatch replacement
Whether you’re looking to change the size or go for a like-for-like replacement, there can be many different reasons you might be considering a loft hatch replacement, including:
Needing a bigger loft hatch
Loft hatches built into older properties traditionally have smaller openings than their modern counterparts. If you’re regularly struggling to push and squeeze your belongings through the opening, you might want to invest in a larger loft hatch replacement. Not only will it allow you to move possessions more easily and safely to and from the loft, but it can also enable you to store larger objects that previously could not fit.
Needing a more effective hatch location
If your existing loft hatch is in a place with a lot of foot traffic or not much space for the ladder to fall, you may want to relocate it to a different part of the home that is a more accessible spot. If the loft hatch opens down to a stairway, even simply changing the direction the ladder pulls down can be the difference between a severe injury or not.
Increasing the quality and energy efficiency
If your current loft hatch is made with a cut of MDF, it will not be effectively rated for long-term use. They are a cheap option that many loft hatch installers will opt for to reduce costs. However, this means that they are typically unsealed, uninsulated and don’t meet building regulation requirements. In this case, the loft hatch will essentially act as a funnel for the hot air in your home to rise and escape through the roof.
Current Loft Hatch Wear and Tear
Similarly, even more effective loft hatches that meet relevant standards will typically only come with a 10-year guarantee. Owning one longer without any maintenance or replacement could lead to a host of issues for your home, including increased draughts risk of condensation build-up resulting in damage to your loft. Especially with the rising energy costs, you want to ensure you are as prepared as possible to combat increasing heating bills by ensuring your loft is correctly installed and well insulated.
Needing a loft hatch put in
Alternatively, it might be the case that you don’t have a hatch in the first place and need one cut so you can access your loft to utilise it for storage. This is especially useful if you look at incorporating LoftZone’s StoreFloor or shelving products to increase the space in your loft for possessions.
What to consider before getting a loft hatch replacement
If any of the above reasons match your current situation, it might be time for a loft hatch replacement. You can DIY, but at Instaloft, we are trusted professionals with years of experience providing quality loft hatch installation.
If you’re interested in having an industry-leading energy-efficient strong yet lightweight loft hatch installed by our trained experts, get in touch today. We specialise in replacement, enlargement or relocation, so no matter what your needs – Instaloft are here to help.