boarding out loft space

Loft Boarding Mistakes: What To Be Aware Of

Boarding out loft space is a fun and exciting project, but there are many things to be aware of before going ahead with the process. It’s easy to make common loft boarding mistakes, so it’s essential that you follow proper guidelines and do your research. 

Failing to read up on boarding out your loft can lead to dampness, the floor collapsing, ruined belongings, and a bigger bill than you might have expected. 

Not Taking the Right Safety Precautions 

Boarding out loft space can become a huge safety hazard if not done correctly. The safety precautions that need to be taken should be one of the first things to think about. For example, it’s best to watch where your feet are being placed when you are in the process of boarding your loft, as you could make the mistake of falling through the loft floor! 

You should wear as much protective gear and clothing as possible, here are a few notable examples:

  • Long-sleeved tops or jumpers. Keep them tucked in so that your skin is protected and covered.
  • Trousers or coveralls which protect your legs from any wooden splints or particles.
  • A face mask to prevent inhaling any insulation fibres or dust particles, choosing ones with valves makes it easier to breathe.
  • Protective gloves to prevent any splinters or cutting yourself on any mineral wool insulation material.
  • Safety goggles will protect your eyes from any sore dust and insulation fibres which is vital if you are being exposed to insulation before laying the loft boards down.
  • Knee pads are ideal if you are putting down loft boards as you will be working on lower levels; this will protect your knees from grazing.

Moving Electrical Cables And Pipes

Your loft may be full of wires, cables, and pipes – especially in older homes. So, when boarding out loft space, there is no doubt that people in this situation want to simply cut a hole in the joists or move them around to place the boards on top of them to hide their appearance. 

By cutting directly into the floorboards or moving the joists around, it will affect the durability of your loft. You will be putting strenuous weight on top of them and the loft floor. The most ideal and alternate solution is to raise the floor level above the joists so any cables or piping isn’t affected.

Compressing Insulation With Unraised Loft Boards

Loft insulation plays a huge role in the comfort and temperature of your home. Did you know that 25% of your home’s heat is lost through the roof without sufficient insulation? 

Insulating your loft improves your homes energy efficiency, this will keep your house warm all year round, but compressing your insulation can reduce the thermal performance of your home. This can make your property feel colder in the winter and see your energy bills skyrocket. 

Many DIYers and homeowners are happy to install quality insulation and ensure their home’s temperature is properly regulated. However, the benefits (and thus the money spent) can be completely undercut by not using raised loft boards. 

The boards need to be supported so that they can be secure, so installing a raised loft boarding system above the trusses will allow the insulation to work correctly with no added pressure. By raising and boarding out loft space above the joists can ensure that the insulation can breathe and has enough airflow to avoid any damp or condensation. 

Forgetting To Follow A Structural Analysis

Having your loft boarding fitted properly is essential. You can either use an installer or simply follow the correct advice and install yourself. For safe ground for access in and out of the loft, you must adhere to the correct building regulations.

New builds with roof trusses are designed and built to the British Standard 6399-1:1996. These roof trusses are capable of supporting 25kg per square metre for storage, plus a 180kg temporary load (which includes the person entering the loft). Every new house has to be built to this minimum legal standard. 

Make No Mistakes With LoftZone

It’s your responsibility, especially when boarding out loft space, to not overload the joists too much in case they snap.

Whether you fancy installing your own DIY Loft Boarding Kit or would prefer a professional loft boarding installer, our team of loft experts are always happy to answer any questions or help you to make the most out of your loft space. 

If you have any questions or are unsure where your property falls under our standards, contact us anytime! We are always happy to advise you. Give us a call on 01483 600 304, or drop us a message at sales@loftzone.co.uk.

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