Heat rises, and in a home with just half of today's recommended levels of insulation a quarter of your heat is lost through the roof.
Insulating your loft, attic or flat roof is a simple and effective way to save that waste and reduce your heating bill. Loft insulation is effective for at least 40 years, and it will pay for itself over and over again in that time. If your loft is already insulated, it's worth checking that you've got enough insulation to get the maximum saving. If everyone in the UK installed 270mm loft insulation, we could save nearly £210 million and almost 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, the equivalent of taking nearly 364,000 cars off the road. Installing 270mm of loft insulation will save the average household around £187 a year. (Estimates taken from Energy Saving Trust website).
Have your loft insulation topped up at the same time you get a loft boarding package, and get your insulation fitted for half price. Please note: we can only supply and install insulation at these prices as part of a loft boarding package, we do not just install loft insulation. Storing items in your loft incorrectly can compromise the efficiency of your loft insulation. Putting boxes and suitcases away in your loft directly on to your insulation will start to cost you more money on your heating bills, because you are effectively making it impossible to breath and circulate air through the fibres. Wool fibre type loft insulation must not be compressed so air can circulate through it to be at it's most effective. Boarding directly on to insulation or squashing it down in between your joists will also reduce it's efficiency considerably.
There are now specialist products that allow you to create a raised loft storage floor.
We have three options to suit all ages of houses, from brand new
to very old.
We do a traditional LBNW timber frame raised loft platform, ideal for older Victorian / Edwardian houses.
We have a heavy duty and adjustable height loft leg called LOFT-E™, and a lightweight plastic stilt and metal beam system called LoftZone StoreFloor. All these systems work at putting your storage floor 270mm+ and all allow you store and walk on without risking safety or compromising your insulation.
Loft safety is very important, accidents can happen and helping prevent them especially in lofts is very important.
The most common accidents in lofts are falling through the ceiling and falling down the loft hatch opening. In both cases we can help prevent this by installing good quality strong flooring in the areas you want to access and install a rail or balustrade around the opening of the hatch to stop anyone from walking backwards or stumbling toward the loft hatch.
It's a long way down and could be quite nasty so its worth considering installing a safety balustrade or railing.
We can make and install simple wooden balustrades or we can install universal metal rail versions which simply install to your loft joists or flooring.
If you need a helping hand getting in to your loft, why not have installed a hand grab rail to assist your balance when climbing the ladder in to the loft area?