Loft Boarding Requirements

Things you should know

Not all lofts are the same hence the reason we carry out free surveys so we can inspect and advise of how your loft can be utilised for storage.
One of the first things to consider is how high your ceiling is, we need to measure from floor to ceiling height as some ladders may not reach.
We then have to measure your existing loft opening making sure it is of a comfortable accessible size to allow you, your ladder and what ever you carry up in to the loft.
Head height is important, we will need to measure the head height from the loft opening to the roof, its no good if you bang your head or have to lay down to get in to your loft. 
After checking on these crucial details we must allow clearance for the fold away ladder.
Your ceiling joists will be measured to see if they are adequate enough for boarding, if not we will suggest strengthening these by fitting cross support joists (known as a sub-frame) on top of your existing joists to allow the weight to distribute more evenly, after all your house was built with joists to support a ceiling not to be walked on or stored on so this is very important. (see diagram below)
In some cases we have to install extra ceiling to roof supports to take away any flex in the ceiling and give it a more sturdy feel.
Once all this is taken in to consideration we can then prepare your quote..

What area can I board ?

Normally we only board areas which are accessible by standing or kneeling but not lying down. 

Can I board all of my loft ?
Not really, not only could this be very expensive to do but you should never board every bit of your loft as you need to leave room for your loft to breath, let air circulate through and around your loft insulation which helps with the insulation efficiency and prevents condensation build up.

Any area can be boarded providing the ceiling joists are strong enough to allow boarding and sticking to the most central and highest part of your loft. So we are the only company in the Northwest that use install a unique strengthened and supported sub-frame which utilizes the internal walls of your house and the roof purlins so there is no load on your ceiling joists and our system is more than 20 times stronger than boarding onto your existing ceiling directly.
See the example of how its done in the diagram below.

Our advisor will explain all this to you when carrying out the survey.

How strong will loft boarding be?

The actual boarding is 18mm tongue and grove high density particle board gives a strong secure fit. But that's the standard bit anyone can laid boards down, the important part is what's supporting that boarding underneath?

We have two sub-frame systems, the first is for properties build after 1960's with a trussed style roof call LoftZone StoreFloor and our very own LBNW timber raised and supported system for older before 1960's & pre-war.

Either system It's safe to walk on and store on distributing weight evenly over the boarded surface allows plenty safe storage for the majority of households. 

To help achieve a safer more stronger platform we build additional joists (or sub-frame) in such a method which will help to reinforced the ceiling and distribute the weight more evenly. 

Tall loft insulation, can I still board my loft ?

Depending on the height required to lift the floor above any cables light fittings pipes or loft insulation we use either 3"(76.2mm) or 4"(101.6mm) Wood sub-frame system (as above) or 10.62"(270mm) store floor system this raises the new storage floor to a more suitable level to avoid loft insulation compression.
Compressing your loft insulation is not a good idea as it will reduce its efficiency considerably. Removing it is not an option either as this will leave a area that will lose heat quicker and start to cost you money on your heating bills.

See LoftZone StoreFloor link below for the ultimate loft storage system for lofts with tall insulation.

LoftZone StoreFloor More Information

The ultimate raised loft store floor solution

Using a unique system of steel joists and supports we can create a extra strong and safe professionally raised floor for storage in your loft without the need for major work.

We can give you an additional height of 270mm above your loft insulation to sit neatly and correctly without compression in between your joists.


Loft Boarding - Use Your Loft SpaceBasic Ladder Requirements

2 Section Aluminum
Minimum hatch opening width 562mm (22.28") length 726mm (28.58") with fold down door
(B) Minimum distance required behind hatch 1270mm (50")
(C) Suitable for a floor to ceiling height maximum of' 2692mm (106")
(D) Minimum height required in loft: 710mm (28")
* Width of ladder is 381mm (15")
* Weight maximum 150kg (23.6st)

3 Section Aluminum
Minimum hatch opening width 562mm (22.28") length 726mm (28.58") with fold down door
(B) Minimum distance required behind hatch 1120mm (44")
(C) Suitable for a floor to ceiling height maximum of 3000mm (118")
(D) Minimum height required in loft: 710mm (28")
* Width of ladder is 381mm (15")
* Weight maximum 150kg (23.6st)

Loft ladder information sheet available here

You will require a fold down loft door, if you do not have this already do not worry because we can install one for one so you have a modern insulated PVC hinges door from only £60 (One for one fit)

New Loft Hatch Benefits ?

Low profile design with sleek, contemporary styling
The door and frame are fully draught sealed Seals are supported by multiple perimeter catches
Sliding door mechanism is operated from a single point
Innovative hinge detail is hidden when the door is locked
The design allows for the door to be fully removed in seconds
All hinge, catch and fixing geometry outside of the door seals
Hinge pivot positioned to provide largest accessible opening
Insulated area on the back of the door is fully maximised

Loft hatch information sheet available here