Loft Boarding Boarding Your Loft the Professional Way

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  Were Installed to Create Extra Valuable Storage Space. 

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Loft Boarding Your Loft  is the Most Practical Way of Creating Additional Storage Space, "When Installed Correctly". 

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 Your Loft and Making the Right Choice

Never Install Loft Boarding Into a Loft that Has been Insulated with Polystyrene: 

Polystyrene was commonly used as loft insulation, a place that cables will normally run. The plasticisers used to make the PVC insulator on cables reacts with polystyrene resulting in the polystyrene appearing to "melt". The plasticiser migrates out of the cable making it brittle and causes its insulating properties to break down. The cable will eventually fail; installing loft boarding over the top of polystyrene insulation, in effect encapsulating it means that cables will get hotter due to the thermal insulation properties of polystyrene preventing the cable from losing heat, this is both a fire and electrocution Hazard.

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 there is a basic 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" (under the eves) on one side of the roof and "Exit on the Other". 

Sub-Frame Loft Boarding 

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. 4x2 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. This can be particularly problematic on older buildings where the joist are generally quite weak.

Low Level Loft Boarding and the use of Moisture Resistant Boards:

The vast majority of loft boarding companies utilise  P5 Moisture resistant Boards when boarding a loft, however this particular product is designed to be installed internally where there is a high risk of of spillage or excess moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms. Moisture resistant boards have no meaningful purpose been installed within a loft in fact quite the contrary. 

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? Suppressing the existence of moisture within the loft is a recipe for disaster, as the moist air will condensate on the underside of the boards and migrate downwards forming on the joist below this will in time erode the joists.

 

LoftZone StoreFloor:

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.

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LoftZone StoreFloor Construction Certified Loft Boarding System 

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.

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