Loft Hatch - The Benefits of replacing old for new
Replacing an old loft hatch must be done correctly, no point modifying an old push off hatch by reversing it putting hinges on and a catch without adequate draft seals, insulation and locking points.
Also this wont conform to building regualtion part L and will increase your U value (The unit of measurment used to represent heat loss is known as the U value). To conform to current building regulation the U
value must be 0.35W/m²k or better, the lower the U value the better. Part L of the building regulations govern the conservation of fuel and power used by buildings
In some cases it can't be helped as you may want to preserve the look of the ceiling by keeping to traditional wood or finish to match the rest of the house. Although when done correctly it will be a little more expensive than a new purpose build loft hatch.
In most cases it is not necessary to do this and it's far more cost effective and makes more sense to install a brand new draft sealed British Standards approved hinged door hatch and frame.
Most of us at some point or another had our insulation updated to the government recommended level of 270mm.
This will make a vast difference to your energy bills over the years. In some cases you can get green deal grants to have this installed for free, but even if you are not eligible for free insulation it doesn't cost a fortune to buy your own, or have installed professionally.
The one thing we do forget to upgrade is the loft hatch.
Old loft hatches
(see picture above) have gaps and they don't seal shut properly, whistle to you on windy days and are pretty much useless to climb through to enable you to fit a ladder or use your loft for storage.
It's important to consider having a brand new latest specification draft proof loft hatch installed if you're considering using your loft for storage as it may need to be done just to get a ladder in.
Hand made or reversing the door (Like picture above shows) to convert an
old hatch is not recommended as this will not reach building regulation
specifications and not all reliable at draft excluding or being energy
Professionally Installed Loft Hatch Replacement or DIY?
Professionally installed as it can be a pretty big and physically demanding job depending on the age of your property and location of the hatch. You could say the older your house the more difficult and expensive it can become.
But it's still affordable you get a brand new enlarged loft opening and loft
hatch professionally installed from only £90 on average so it is always worth
The Manthorpe GL250 loft hatch that we use has been independently tested by the BRE to BS EN 13141-1:2004, and easily surpasses the requirements for air leakage which are outlined in the current building standards, certification is available.
The revolutionary design of the multi-point catch mechanism means that the GL250 door can maintain a more effective draught seal around the entire accessible opening, helping to meet the air leakage requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations and preventing the problem of moist warm air entering.
Many drop down hatches suffer from ‘sagging’ over time, a problem that can cause the middle of the
door to bow away from the draught seal, creating an air leakage path. To prevent this issue, the GL250
door has 12 independent catch points located around the perimeter of the frame, operated from a
single position with a unique sliding mechanism.
With the sliding cover replacing a conventional twist action locking mechanisms on the door, all of the
hinge, catch and fixing geometry has been carefully located outside of the draught seal, meaning that
there are no holes through the door that could pose an air leakage risk.
When the cover is located in
the fully closed position it also completely conceals the hinge detail.
The positioning of the doors pivot point is intended to maximise the accessible area available to the
user when the door is open and the pioneering hinge design allows for it to be fully removed from
the frame quickly and easily for simpler installation and better access with larger insulation options.
The fixings for the frame also screw directly up into the ceiling for easier installation, also providing
pressure in the optimum direction for the frame to ceiling seal.
The back of the door panel has been optimised to increase the amount of space available for insulation,
allowing the 50mm of expanded polystyrene to cover a greater area within the structural opening to
create a better thermal barrier.
Our expert trained installers can do most hatch replacements within a day or less and without too much fuss or inconvenience to you and your home.
DIY on the other hand! Well, you would need to be very competent to take on this job and you must have good knowledge of general building work to understand what you can cut away and what needs to be strengthened.
Cut away the wrong thing and it could weaken your ceiling and may collapse
if walked upon. If you are not a 5 star DIYer I wouldn't tackle this job yourself, let the experts do it.
Call Andrea on 01772 361163 or 0161 663 2651
BENEFITS OF REPLACING YOUR OLD LOFT HATCH
In most cases you cannot have a loft ladder installed if your hatch lifts off or hinges in to the loft space there will be no clearance to operate the ladder from below, also it is dangerous as the loose lid could slip through the opening and land on your head.
A new loft hatch will give you ease of use, in most cases a larger opening, no lid falling on your head, draft sealed and insulated to match your loft insulation.
Most old hatches are not draft sealed properly or not at all, heat escapes through gaps in the door and frame.
A new hatch has a multi-point sliding lock and seal system so the whole seal around the hatch sealed shut.
No loft door insulation? It's great that you get the loft insulation updated but what about the loft door insulation.
A new loft hatch has built in insulation on the back of the door with just the right amount of clearance to operate a ladder.
It can be hard to insulate the loft door if you install a ladder as the insulation will catch on the ladder stowed above it and makes it more difficult or impossible to operate.
A hinged door allows the door to swing down for ease of use and so you can reach the ladder above it. If you require the whole door can be removed.
Most old hatches are simply just too small to use for proper storage access.
Yes true so a new hatch will give you minimum of 726mm long by 566mm wide plenty enough to get modern suitcases, boxes and items through.
What about a commercial grade timber loft ladder with extra long hatch?
"Please do not compare these to your DIY store versions, these
are a quality heavy duty version"
If you want to use your loft for more than just storage, maybe a bit of eBaying
or a study / hobby area or for storage of larger items then this timber combination energy efficient wood lined insulated
and draught sealed hatch with wide tread three part fold out ladder would be
Fantastic option for those who are not good on ordinary runged metal ladders or for those who are struggling a
little to get up the old way, why not have installed one of these
very popular options.
Please do not compare these to the ones you may see in B&Q or Wickes as the
ones we fit are top quality commercial heavy duty grade. Loft Boarding NW
only ever fit the best well tested products we can find, NO compromise to
get our prices down, we simply don't believe in cheap options.
Prices start from only £350
including all materials labour and VAT (Based on the basic standard version fitted in a modern
plaster boarded ceiling)
Also Available Semi Automatic Loft Hatches
Max height with (Optional) extension 3.51 m
Suitable for heights 2.8m to 3.51m
Opening size (L)1150mm x (W)545mm
Load capacity 150kg (23.6st)
Timber door with built in insulation
Timber framed and draft sealed
Energy efficient design and build
Tested and Certified to EN14975
Spring assisted door and ladder
Sturdy wide slip resistant treads
Each step is 340mm wide, 80mm in Depth
30mm thick insulated door
2 x Handrails (Included) for safe climbing
Easy operation with a push pull rod supplied
Loft hatch and door is included
5 Year guarantee
This item can be installed as part of a package or on its own, price