Loft Boarding Your Loft and Making the Right Choice:
Loft Boarding Your Loft is the Most Practical Way of Creating Additional Storage Space, “When Installed Correctly”.
Your loft occupies approximately one-third of the floor space within your home, so it goes without saying that this unusable space could be put to far better use if Loft boarding or Loft Flooring were installed to create extra valuable storage space. So what type of Loft boarding or Loft Flooring suits your home best and what should a homeowner consider when making this decision?
Loft Boarding Directly onto the Joists:
We have witnessed many cases of Loft Boarding or Loft Flooring being secured Straight onto the existing Joists of a property, which would involve removing or compressing the existing insulation. In many cases Installers have cut into the ceiling joists to lower cables to allow for boarding to be fixed on top! Unlike some loft boarding companies, Loft Boarding Midlands do not recommend this at all, as this will seriously compromise the integrity of the ceiling, create serious condensation and damp Issues.
Another consideration rarely taken into account is the importance of air circulation within a loft space. In order to reduce the risk of condensation forming within a loft space there is a requirement for Cross Ventilation. The basic requirements for ventilating a traditional cold loft space, are that air should enter the loft at “The Lowest Point” on one side of the roof and “Exit on the Other”. .
Low Level Loft Boarding and the use of Moisture Resistant Boards:
The most effective way of boarding a loft up until now would be to build a loft sub frame for the new loft boards to be secured. 4×2 timbers are laid in the opposite direction to the original joists, helping to distribute the load across the ceiling however, this method will mean that a considerable amount of additional weight will now be bearing down on the existing beams. The vast majority of loft boarding companies will then fix P5 Moisture resistant Boards to the new sub-frame to create a loft storage area however, this procedure will have now created two potentially serious issues that over time could compromise the integrity of the roofing structure within the loft space.
1) Because flooring has been applied at joist level this will obviously mean that storage will be stored at joist level, “The Lowest Point” of the loft. So depending upon the amount of storage placed within the loft space you will either restrict or eliminate the required cross ventilation.
2)Water vapour can pass through most building materials and will enter the roof space through the plasterboard ceilings with a greater amount entering through air gaps in ceilings, such as around cables, pipes, loft hatches and downlighters. You are unlikely to prevent condensation in the roof space completely so is the application of moisture resistant boarding a preventative measure or not? From the pictures above you can clearly see how the moisture ingress from within the property has impregnated the boarding above, and they are now totally perished, fortunately these boards were NOT moisture resistant and have taken the brunt of the destruction, had they been moisture resistant it would have been another story as the moisture would have migrated and would be eroding the joists, suppressing the existence of moisture within the loft is a recipe for disaster.
LoftZone StoreFloor Construction Certified Loft Boarding System:
LoftZone StroreFloor is a Uniquely designed loft boarding system that allows you to create a safe loft storage area without compromising on the energy efficiency of your home. An important consideration when installing loft boarding is to ensure that the loft space and loft insulation combined can “breathe”, interstitial condensation will very quickly manifest itself if the air-flow is restricted causing damp issues and further ongoing problems, this consideration has been very well thought out when designing the LoftZone system, as its elevated position coupled with a fully vented framework will not compromised the air-flow within your loft, this is particularly important in Brand New Build properties as the moisture content within the building fabric will be considerably higher.
The UNIQUE design of LoftZone Raised Loft Boarding means that common obstacles that are found in lofts can be easily overcome, bridging over cabling, pipe work, and down lights is not a problem, alternative loft boarding options may mean sinking wires into the joist affecting their structural integrity. LoftZone Loft Boarding is modular, very strong and very light in weight. LoftZone StoreFloor is a raised loft flooring system designed to provide sufficient space for insulation materials. The system comprises lightweight galvanized steel Cross-Beams and plastic support brackets, which are manufactured from nylon or polypropylene and are 279 mm in height. Most new houses have truss roofs and the British Standard says that the joists must be able to carry a permanent load of at least 25kg per square metre (e.g. for storage) plus a temporary load of 180kg (assumed to be one person walking around). Every new house has to be built at least to this minimum legal standard, though many can in fact accommodate much more storage.
If You Are Looking to Create Additional Storage Space in Your Loft But Need a Little Guidance on Making the Right Choice Why not “Request a Quote” it’s Free and With No Obligation!!
Loft Boarding Midlands are a Loft Boarding Specialist in the West Midlands and are Certified Installers of the Award Winning LoftZone Raised Loft Boarding System For the West and East Midlands, Worcester, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and all Surrounding Areas.