Loft Boarding Installation
We install the strongest raised loft boarding systems on the market for new and older properties. Amongst many loft boarding franchises out there today we remain a family run business with a national reach. As such we are impartial and will allow you to make the informed choice. All our Award-winning loft boarding services carry a Lifetime Warranty, are BBA approved and won’t void your New Build Warranty (NHBC).
The quality of your loft boarding installation can affect a number factors within your property, so much that if you don’t choose a recommended professional then you may face more fees later down the line and even a reinstallation.
Our loft boarding is a premium quality, affordable service that brings an extra level of safety and quality to your loft or attic space. If you would like to know more about our boards, or you would like to arrange a free, no-obligation survey from one of our expert team, get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Our loft boarding services comply to British Standard BS6399 part 1 - 1996 Loading for buildings: dead and imposed. British Standard BS5268: Part 2: 1996 which is the standard that covers the design of timber members. General rules and good practice will be checked against the guidance provided in Approved document- A, Building regulations 2010 and NHBC guidance. On request we are able to provide a structural calculation with certificate.
We install flooring of the highest quality. With our commercial sized 18mm, moisture- resistant, P5 grade chipboard flooring makes for the perfect surface for your loft. The grooved nature of the flooring means that we can install a solid, continuous surface without any gaps, using screws for the installation so any future need for cabling can be easily accommodated for.
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Raised Loft Boarding Is Important For Airflow
Nowadays maintaining airflow is more important than ever, especially with the variety of household technology responsible for creating a humid, moist environment - consider your cooker, tumble dryer and shower, for example, are causing a lot of vapour in the air. This has resulted in the need to leverage the airflow and control the moisture in our homes.
It’s recommended that the gap between the loft boarding and insulation is more than 50mm, which for standard loft boarding methods is not possible. If ever a loft has been boarded directly onto the joists or subframe, or even just too close, they will begin to rot over time and become unsafe, and that goes for the structural timbers too. This is because the air doesn’t get the chance to fully cool down before it hits the timbers and boarding and creates a layer of moisture that struggles to dry, gathering more and more dampness as the time goes on. 82% of people do squash their insulation to create storage or access platforms, doubling the u-value and heat loss. Some people will even choose the space over insulation outright! This in time causes property damage and higher heating bills.
New Build Loft Boarding
Worried about losing your NHBC Warranty (National House Building Council) if you decide to alter your loft boarding? There’s no need to be concerned, we are proud to be installers of a unique patented product designed to raise your boarding to over 350mm of insulation. Developed by Loftzone, Storefloor is the UK’s only approved method of loft boarding in a new build loft on top of thick insulation and can safely raise the floor without squashing or removing it completely. This allows airflow to pass more freely through the flooring, ensuring you don't affect your new build warranty, avoiding your loft becoming damp and building up condensation. Fortunately, this type of installation is available for pre/post-1975, not just new builds and is BBA approved!
Our expert team of installers can use a range of loft boarding techniques to provide the best solution for each project. These methods include:
This method of raised loft boarding is required in new build houses where the insulation is so high above the existing joists and there are no load bearing internal walls, the cross- bracing method simply wont suffice. This method is used to elevate the loft boards above the existing insulation by 175/300mm. This method ensures the existing thermal insulation level is maintained and your U-Value is not compromised.
It also provides protection against stress on the ceilings beneath and allows a small gap between the insulation and the loft boarding for air to circulate. A 175mm/300mm Loft Leg fixed on top of a 100mm truss or ceiling joist provides a lightweight, cost effective solution.
Developed by a team of engineers and designers the Loft Leg is strong; lightweight and manufactured in the UK from recycled polypropylene, to ISO9001 standards and has been mechanically tested by independent experts.
Award-winning LoftZone StoreFloor creates a lightweight but incredibly strong loft boarding system of raised beams that supports a safe deck above your insulation. It’s the easiest way to create safe access to equipment in your loft, or simply to generate storage space while keeping your loft insulated to regulations.
Adjustable supports for irregularly spaced joists The Cross-Beams slide along the top of the Tri-Supports – to deal with the common problem of variable spacing between joists. Without this, the boards may not reach the next joist and will be unsafe.
Designed to promote airflow to reduce condensation StoreFloor leaves an air gap underneath the boarding, to prevent condensation. (Note that some other raised loft boarding products aren’t tall enough for this essential feature).
Simple, Strong, Unique Design
The patented StoreFloor loft storage system consists of only 3 parts: The metal Cross-Beams, which you screw the boards on to, and the recycled plastic Tri- Supports and Uni-Supports, which screw into your joists and carry the load.
Strong galvanized steel cross-beams
The Cross-Beams make the raised deck safe to walk upon and faster to install. Beams are the only safe way to support loft boards, and allow you to avoid inevitable obstructions on joists such as pipes or wiring. Other legs or stilt products are unable to do this.
Lighter and faster to install than timber
StoreFloor is much lighter and faster than using timber to raise the loft floor and is a better insulator too - keeping your heating bills down.
Joist cross-bracing is used to raise the loft boarding above the existing insulation by 100/175mm. This method ensures the thermal insulation level is maintained and your U-Value is not compromised.
It also provides protection against stress on the ceilings beneath. Full length timbers are used for additional strength.
If the existing floor joists are not strong enough to take normal loading requirements, or you intend on using the loft to store extra heavy loads, we can install new loft joists adjacent to the current ones to provide additional load capacity.
Loft Boarding FAQ's
Getting your loft boarded to a high standard has a range of benefits. The main one being you can add flooring to your loft, which opens up a wealth of options for a previously unoccupied space. With a new room to play with, you’re now able to store many other household items and begin to effectively declutter other areas of your property.
Your newly boarded loft could potentially be the start of a full renovation but is most definitely the first step in increasing the amount of space in your home (sometimes up to 50%) and therefore the overall value of the property.
Professionally boarded lofts are much more capable of retaining heat, as they create another obstruction for any heat that’s trying to escape, and often, suitable insulation is installed at the same time to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
- When you get your boarding installed for storage, this is not something to be concerned about, you don’t need permission to create storage space. However, if you are thinking of starting a larger project like converting your loft into anything from a bedroom or a lounge to a games room, this is considered extending the living spaces – for which you will need planning permission for.