LoftZone increases rental yields, saves on cost, and allows landlords to meet their legal requirements.
- Forthcoming regulations mean that many landlords will have to increase the depth of their insulation in their properties
- Tenants want to use the loft for storage and making the loft a useable space enhances the rentable value of the property
- Working at Height Regulations require landlords to provide safe access in the loft space, for maintaining equipment there
- There is only one product that provides all of this.
Enhancing the rentable value of your property
The loft is often the single largest useable space in a building. A boarded loft can therefore provide valuable additional storage space in properties, and increase rental yields for landlords.
However lofts also need to be insulated, and UK Government regulations mean that if your property is in EPC Band F or G, you will need to improve its rating by 2018 in order to continue to rent it out. Even if it is not in those bands, landlords cannot any longer refuse reasonable insulation requests from tenants. In both cases, increasing the depth of loft insulation is usually the most cost-effective, and least disruptive, way to improve the energy efficiency of the property and upgrade its rating.
The only way to provide the full depth of insulation required (at least 270mm) and to also provide storage space is to use a raised loft boarded system. Squashing insulation, by allowing tenants to store items on top of the 270mm without protecting it, halves its effectiveness and would decrease the energy rating for the building.
LoftZone StoreFloor is the easiest and fastest way system available for this. It forms a safe storage and access deck above up to 350mm of insulation. StoreFloor has passed all required tests and therefore both meets legal requirements on landlords and allows them to enhance their property and increase rental yields.
Safe Access for Maintenance.
All landlords have a duty of care and a legal requirement under the 2005 UK Working at Height Regulations to ensure safe access for staff who maintain equipment in the loft. But with loft insulation now required to a depth that sits well above the joists, it is impossible to see where to step, and the ceiling plasterboard between the joists is not strong enough to support the weight of a person. Unfortunately, falls through or from lofts are all too common, with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents recording over 200 hospital admissions per year as a result.
A typical safety solution in the past was to build a safe access platform directly on to the joists, or to raise it up with 100mm of timber. However both of these mean that the insulation benefit is compromised and, moreover, using raised timber is against Part L of the
2013 Building Regulations in England unless you change the SAP score for the roof, as the raised timber battens allow cold bridging through the wood. This poses a major challenge, since using raised timber battens was hitherto the standard industry practice.
LoftZone StoreFloor solves this problem. The product forms a safe structure for a storage and access deck above up to 350mm of insulation that does not cause cold bridging and is, in fact, cheaper and faster to install than timber anyway. LoftZone StoreFloor has passed all required tests and this product therefore both meets legal requirements on landlords and allows them to enhance their property and increase rental yields.
See how easy StoreFloor is to install
StoreFloor can be installed in just a few
easy steps. see our installation guide, or watch our installation video