7 Benefits of Boarding Your Loft
Why board your loft? Who wants to clamber around that dusty space?
You can easily put a few boxes up there after all and it will save you money and hassle, right?
Boarding your loft has numerous benefits beyond making it easier to “put a few boxes up there”. And the cost and hassle are really pretty low in relation to the advantages.
1. More space — for storage and for living
This is the obvious one — boarding a part or all of your loft creates masses more storage space for stuff up there, and moving stuff to the loft removes clutter and creates space downstairs (for more stuff, or for people to move around more comfortably).
A typical loft of a semi has a loft area of around 40-50 square meters. This is a lot of room, and if you just use the space around the hatch to place carefully balanced boxes on the joists, you are NOT utilising any of that.
2. Much easier and safer access
Fitting loft boards creates flooring in your attic, so you don’t need to worry about falling through the gaps between the joists into the room below, or sticking your foot through the ceiling.
Boarding will allow you to say goodbye to precarious balancing on the joists every time you need to venture beyond the hatch area. And the older you get, the more important this benefit will become.
3. Lower energy bills
Boarding provides extra thermal insulation for your roof space. Some panels are insulated, others can be laid over existing insulation increasing its efficiency. Considering that up to 30% of the heat loss from a house happens through the roof, anything that shaves even part from that number is a good idea.
Caution: if your insulation extends above the level of the joists, laying loft boards directly over it might squash it and decrease performance, so raising the joists might be needed. If you think about topping up your insulation as well as boarding, insulated panels might be a good compromise.
4. Better sound insulation
As with heat, the same with sound. An extra layer of solid material above the ceiling will help dampen any sound pollution, from the noise of rain to road or airplane traffic.
5. No more external storage
If you already use external storage facilities, you might find that boarding your attic creates enough room for all your stuff to be moved back home without cluttering up your garage or living areas. This means easier access and no more bills from the storage facility.
6. Increase your house value
Granted, a full, habitable loft conversion will have a much bigger impact on the price you can ask for your house when selling it. But that’s a big-ticket investment, needs time and creates quite an inconvenience.
Simply boarding your loft will make your property more attractive to potential buyers, while creating a basic, non-habitable loft conversion (see below) will definitely add value to your property.
7. Extra room for casual use
A full room-in-the-roof loft conversion with all the bells and whistles, one that conforms to all the safety requirements and building regulations, will set you back by at least £15k, and that’s the minimum — the actual prices is more likely to be over £20,000 and can go as high as £40,000. Basic boarding is much cheaper (our prices start at the very pocket-friendly £20 per square metre) but, well, pretty basic and utilitarian.
Creating a luxury storage room lies somewhere in between price wise but has all the advantages of avoiding the red tape, while reaping some of the benefits of more comfortable, usable and simply more pleasant space. This could involve creating fitted eaves storage or custom-build cupboards and shelving, lining the ‘’walls” (i.e. the roof), installing roof windows and more.
Have we persuaded you that loft boarding is one of the best ways to get more space in your home? Or are you not quite sure yet?
Let us end with this: loft boarding is also surprisingly affordable.
You can go for a DIY job which will reduce your immediate costs but will almost certainly take longer and create more mess, or you can hire professionals to board your loft. And even when done professionally, it still won’t break the bank. For example, our loft boarding prices start at £20 per square metre, and you can get a loft access package including as much as 30 square meters of boarding, as well as ladder and lighting for under £1,000, depending on technical parameters of your loft. These costs increase if raising joists or enlarging the hatch is needed, but still remain very reasonable.
Obviously we think that the Loft Professionals’ combination of skills, experience, low-hassle, high-speed value for money is worth paying for, but it’s always your final call!
Whether you want to book a survey, get a quote or simply ask any questions on loft boarding or anything else related to all things loft – do get in touch.