Common Questions About Loft Boarding

Published: 7th September, 2020.

Trying to decide on where to get affordable loft boarding services? There are a few areas that confuse our customers when looking for the most suitable option for their loft because not all homes are built the same - just how not all loft boarding companies are the same!

Check out our list of top questions that customers ask when they’re getting a quote - just in case you were holding back from calling up your local loft experts!

“How much weight can loft boarding hold?”

The floor joists in a loft can carry roughly 40kg per square metre, so ensuring you keep your stored items under this will maintain the strength of your joists. It’s crucial to not overload your loft boarding to avoid the chance of any cracks in the ceiling below, while protecting the joists from cracking - so try to spread out the weight in your loft as best you can.

“Does loft boarding help insulation?”

If you’re using your loft for storing items, it’s best to understand first that if you squash or damage your sheets of insulation with boxes or add unnecessary pressure / cover to the wool. As heat from the floors below rises up to the floor of the loft, the insulation’s ability to control the distribution of heat is what maintains the quality of it. Obstructing this causes long-term damage as you’ll find out below!

“Do you board straight onto the joists”

If we wanted to ruin your loft insulation, we’d use this technique of “standard” loft boarding. But as loft experts we tend to steer clear of nailing loft boards directly onto joists, this will just compromise the amount of airflow that passes through the layers of flooring - which will eventually cause too much damage to the property.

“Can loft boarding damage the property in any way?”

If we installed “standard” loft boarding in your attic, it could cause the following damage:

Dampness – if the wooden beams are installed too closely to the insulation, it cannot breathe the way it should. Warm airflow almost becomes like pockets of humidity (thermal bridging), collecting moisture leading to dampness.

Snowball effect – the effect of one damaged function is likely to spread elsewhere in the property. Whether it’s dampness or mould creeping its way into your bedroom ceiling, or the loft pipes cracking unexpectedly.

Reduced heat retention – That's right! Your loft boarding is actually having the exact adverse effect if you don’t give thought to the way it’s installed. Ineffective insulation causes more damage than it’s worth!

Void your New Build Home Warranty – If you don’t follow the regulations set as a New Build property owner, you’ll be unprotected by your NHBC warranty and you’ll weaken your energy efficiency ratings on the property.

As you may be able to tell, it’s rare that we’ll ever advocate “standard loft boarding” too much. Our methods of raising loft flooring involves Loftzone Storefloor, a highly effective solution that maintains the functionality of your insulation, keeps your heating bills lower, and protects the pipes and wires.

“You need planning permission to have loft boarding installed”

For storage purposes, loft boarding doesn’t require you to have planning permission, and is totally within your permitted development rights. However if you’re turning a loft storage space into an actual living space afterwards, then this will require permission and compliance with a different set of regulations to ensure safety and protect your relevant warranties.

“Does loft boarding add value to my property?”

If you are currently using this space for nothing, then without a doubt, loft boarding will increase the value of your property. It’s said that boarding up your attic can add up to 50% more floor space - especially with our range of fitted ladder options that will fold / collapse, allowing more storage space surrounding the hatch, not to mention the easy loft-access you can flash to potential buyers.

“Do you board straight onto the joists”

If we wanted to ruin your loft insulation, we’d use this technique. But as loft experts and energy savers, we tend to steer clear of nailing loft boards directly onto joists, as this will compromise the amount of airflow that passes through the layers of flooring - this is not only stopping the insulation from working at its full potential, but will eventually cause various levels of slow-building damage that you won’t notice unfolding!

“How do I find the best loft company?”

Your best bet is to go with a loft company that has lots of years experience in the industry, and if they have any awards or accreditations, this will help you understand their level of credibility. For The Loftman Company, this means ensuring we have the Government Endorsed TrustMark logo in our website footer, using only top branded materials, and ensuring we’re upfront about our star rating and where you can find reviews from our customers!

“How much does loft boarding cost?”

This depends on which of the various loft boarding options you choose, such as insulation, new joists, Loftleg / Loftzone Storefloor ( loft floor raising) timber cross-bracing, and obviously the amount of square metres - you should check out our no-obligation quote builder when you get the chance! But you’ll be glad to know - all our loft solutions give you the option to spread your payments over a set amount of months, with 0% interest too! We even have some very affordable loft boarding packages, suited for both pre /post 1975-2000 builds and new builds, where you could pay as little as £45 / month for 12 months, but all will depend on your individual requirements, which you’ll discover following your free survey!
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