When thinking of improving your loft, you’ll first need to evaluate what the current situation is like within the space. This means all aspects of the loft, such as beams, insulation and existing boards, will need to be examined and tallied as a replacement if that is needed.
The life of loft boards
The process to install loft boards needn’t put people off due to cost and practicality. In our history, we’ve found an operational loft improves the quality of life and also raises the worth of the property. Typically, the life of loft boards does depend on how they have been looked after.
Loft boards, especially our StoreFloor selection, have a weight limit of 500kg. This is not only for safety reasons but also for the health of the existing roof structure and the loft boarding itself. When using the space for storage, ensure you spread out the load to encourage an even spread across a larger surface area.
Loft board replacement
If you find that some loft boards have been damaged or are in need or replacing due to warping from weight, or any other reason similar to the suggested, get them replaced as soon as possible. The reason for this is that it could impact the life of surrounding boards which, in turn, will likely require those to be changed also. We have a number of professional installers who take pride in their work and would be happy to explore the option of boarding your loft.
But what about the insulation?
To install loft boards right on top of the roofing insulation is not recommended. This is due to 25% of the heat from your house raising up and being lost through the roof. To reduce this, lowering heating bills, it is suggested to allow a ‘breathing-room’ space between the insulation and the loft boards.
The life of the insulation installed within your roof differs depending on the situation. Its effectiveness is impacted by the age of the material so it would need to be checked. To do so, there are some signs which are likely noticeable and lead to the need for new roof insulation.
- Cold drafts (rooms, walls and floors)
- Heat escaping quickly
- Energy bills rising
- Frozen pipes
- Inconsistent temperatures
All areas mentioned will likely point towards your loft insulation performing inconsistently or not at all. This is when it is suggested to get them replaced. The inefficiency of insulation could be accelerated by multiple factors.
- Physical damage
- Poor installation of the material
- A thin amount of insulation
Avoiding these would be ideal for optimal performance.