When moving into a new property, or one which you’ve owned for years, improving the efficiency and strength of the loft may be an area to consider. Doing so through raised loft flooring can greatly improve air circulation resulting in lower energy bills throughout the year.
Types of raised loft flooring
To ensure the option of raising the loft floor for insulation is open to all households, we typically offer a range of options to cater for the height of the roof – such as standard and compact. Both have the same end goal of raising the flooring and allowing air to circulate between the boards and insulation.
Compact raised solutions for low roof heights
Some houses have lower roofs as a part of their design. If you have a home with a low roof, this may have been a concern whilst investigating the possibility of loft boarding. To encourage some confidence, we’re able to suggest a fix for this issue – compact supports for loft boards.
Attaching the board to the newly raised supports
To provide safety and reassurance within the loft when it’s in use, we use high-quality wood screws during the installation of the raised loft flooring.
The loft boards themselves get screwed into the raised loft boarding supports which intern attach to your existing loft beams.
The benefits of raising the loft floor for insulation
Some may be questioning the need of raising the loft floor for insulation in the first place. We understand to some it may not be an area which has been considered in the past but, using our expertise, we’re able to shed some light and confidence on this subject.
Poor insulation is a highly contributing factor to heat loss and cold drafts throughout the home. There could be many reasons why the insulation isn’t working as well as it should be – damaged, damp, compressed etc.
Typically, replacement would be the best option in order to get highly efficient insulation back to its operating standard. If you are in need of new insulation, it’s important to make sure it’s kept at that standard to not reintroduce cold drafts or raised energy bills.
Raising the loft floor above the insulation ensures there is adequate space between the insulation and loft boards. This should not only increase the longevity of the insulation but keeps it from being damaged.
As touched upon, an optimal loft space has more benefits than just increased storage space within the home. It also promotes a high level of airflow through the space. Doing so, using raising the loft floor for insulation, creates a circulation of the air all year-round and helps control the temperature and moisture.
Strength for storage
As well as the benefits linked with energy savings and the reduction of outgoings from your bank account, there is another area which is directly linked with the loft boarding process – optimal and strong storage capabilities.
Some homeowners are guilty of putting boxes, suitcases and other goods within their loft on top of the insulation itself. Not only does this damage the insulation, but it could cause issues with the structural integrity of the ceiling of the room below.
By introducing raised loft flooring, you’re maximising the useable space within the loft and ensuring it’s being used in a safe manner, spreading the load and storing goods across the joists.
Get in touch for assistance or installation
If you’re exploring additional insulation within your loft together with raising the loft floor, feel free to get in touch with us and we’re happy to put you in touch with one of our trained professionals. With experience in all house ages, we’ll be able to provide high-quality advice and install the raised loft flooring if you so choose. Explore further details surrounding house ages below.
Loft boarding for new builds.
Loft boarding for Pre-1975 houses.
Loft boarding for Post-1975 houses.