Most of us need extra space at home, whether it’s to store the clutter we don’t want to get rid of or to have a dedicated space for pursuing a hobby. The ideal unused space is the loft, but bare joists aren’t good enough for safe access.
If you want a genuine room up there, you’d need a full loft conversion, but for most purposes you just need the loft boarded over — which can also help to make the insulation more efficient. And it doesn’t cost the earth, either.
Types of Boarding
There are various ways of going about boarding your loft. Some are simpler and cheaper than others, but, as is often the case, these have drawbacks. The main approaches are:
- Laying chipboard directly on the joists is cheap and can be done by an expert DIYer. This doesn’t leave room for the recommended insulation depth of 240-270mm, though, and what insulation is possible will be squashed down, not allowing enough airflow to prevent condensation.
- An alternative is to buy insulation boarding which is laid over the joists to make up the insulation depth, then laying chipboard over it. However, insulation boards are expensive and don’t solve the airflow problem.
- The floor level can be raised by attaching counter battens to the top of the joists and laying the boards on them. This will allow enough space for insulation and airflow.
- A variant of this is to use a raised floor system, such as LoftZoneTM This is an expert job to fit, but will give you a professional finish.
How Much Will It Cost?
If you’re going to buy boarding to do it yourself, you can get 18mm chipboard at around £10 for a sheet of 2400m x 600mm, while insulation boards tend to average around £20 per sheet (and then you need the chipboard as well).
If you’re having your flooring fitted professionally, you’ll be given a quote including both materials and labour. The amount depends on how much boarding you need and what method you’ve chosen. 15m2 of flooring is enough for the average loft storage requirements, for instance. Our prices for thus quantity, which are competitive for a professional standard, would typically be £570 for the counter batten method, or £1080 for the more sophisticated LoftZoneTM StoreFloor system.
A Professional Job
Unless you really love DIY and have confidence in your expertise, getting your loft boarded professionally is cost-effective, and you can be sure of a high-quality job. Contact us if you want to know more.