Whether you use it for extra storage or forget it’s there altogether, your loft is an isolated space that needs the correct care and attention in order to maintain its purpose of controlling the home’s temperature throughout all seasons.
Without proper loft restoration, you could put your home at risk of heat loss, expensive damage repairs and vermin infestations. Don’t worry, all of this is preventable, and we’re going to tell you how.
Step 1: Rip Out or Repair The Insulation
As a homeowner, the first thing you should look at during the loft restoration process is how well your insulation has been kept.
Throughout the year lookout for evidence of water damage and rodent infestations, allowing you to catch the problem before it gets expensive and out of hand.
For obvious reasons, you wouldn’t want vermin in your home due to the bad bacteria they could spread to you and your family, but what a lot of people don’t know is how water damage can impact your health too.
Water damage is the leading cause of mould, which is toxic when not handled correctly. It can get out of hand very quickly when not seen by a professional.
Step 2: Seal Holes & Leaks
From broken shingles to over usage, holes and leaks in your loft can be caused by a number of things, particularly in older homes. During the warmer seasons, these leaks can allow moisture into the loft, causing damage to exposed wood framing and underlay. Not to mention the number of rodents who gain access to the home through these tiny openings.
When performing any loft restoration it’s important that you seal these smaller holes in order to prevent the bigger problems from occurring.
Step 3: Ventilate The Space
Contradictory to our last step, air vents are important, but you must ensure they’re covered with mesh to allow air in and out, whilst preventing pest infestations.
Heat rises to the loft from lower levels in the home, meaning you must have some form of ventilation to let it out. If you don’t have a place for the heat to escape you may cause condensation and a buildup of moisture.
Step 4: Finesse The Space
Depending on what you’re planning to use the space for, there are many things to consider when undergoing the loft restoration process.
With any type of use, it is imperative that you still protect your insulation and carry out maintenance to prevent any damage. If you’re looking to use the space as another room in the home you may want to consider plastering the walls and adding windows in to make it more liveable.
However, if you just wanted to keep the space for storage, it’s better that you add loft boarding and hatches for easy access.
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