LoftZone Raised Loft Storage Floor

The ultimate loft storage solutions for lofts with tall insulation

 

How can I use my insulated loft for storage?

 

For houses of up to 50 year old the cheapest and simplest solution to the very common problem of storing items in a fully-insulated loft is to install a raised floor above the insulation. 

The LoftZone raised loft floor is a lightweight, low cost, easy-to-install and very strong platform for storing items and walking on, while protecting the 270mm loft insulation and allowing it to save energy and cut fuel bills as intended. Its ideal for newer build properties of up to 50 years plus with a trussed style roof

The LoftZone raised floor system protects the insulation underneath it and allows for very important airflow to reduce the risk of damp and mould forming, and provides a strong floor for safe access or storage, you can walk on it and store on it.

In most case can be installed in just a day with minimal disruption to your home by qualified and factory approved LoftZone installers.

 

Build above the insulation   Avoid compressing or removing insulation   No need to squash the insulations to install this system

Why it's important to insulate your loft

Most people know it is important to insulate your loft, because if you don't, 25% of your heating bills go out through your roof. The Government recommends that everyone insulates to a depth of 270mm if they use rolls of mineral wool insulation (this is the fluffy stuff you see in most DIY stores, and is the most cost-effective solution). It's cheap and relatively simple to do this, it will pay for itself rapidly, and it will help you to feel warmer in the winter and cooler at night in the summer. 

Millions of people in the UK haven't yet insulated their lofts to 270mm, and the two main reasons for this are the need for storage and safe access.

Now we have the solution for this, you can have loft storage and still effectively insulate your loft.

I want to insulate my loft, but what can I do with all my stuff up there?

You're not alone - the vast majority of UK households use their lofts for storage. But the extra insulation required to cut fuel bills and save energy makes it very difficult to use the loft space for storage. Many people put boxes on top of the insulation or, even worse, put boards down on top of the joists. This is a major no-no as, in both cases, the insulation gets compressed. Squashed insulation doesn't perform very well! - the mineral wool loft insulation works because of the air trapped inside the insulation and if you compress it, the air gets squeezed out, making it much less effective.

The only way to use a loft with the full 270mm of insulation for storage is to install a raised loft floor above the insulation. This is a low cost but essential addition if you want to store items in your loft and get the full benefit of your insulation. The LoftZone raised loft floor is the only system to do this which is cheap, easy to install and safe.

 

Safe access to your loft storage space is very important

Safety and safe access to your loft

How can I make my insulated loft safe to walk on? Another common problem with a fully-insulated loft is how to then safely access items stored or installed up there. It is not just your possessions you'll want to access: water tanks, boilers, solar inverters all require maintenance from time to time. But, once you have 270mm of insulation, you can no longer see the loft trusses and joists which means it is hard to safely walk or crawl in the loft: one wrong step and you could put your foot through the ceiling!

Adding an area of raised loft flooring provides a safe and convenient way for homeowners, engineers and surveyors to access items in their insulated loft.

 

 

 

What's the solution?

The cheapest and simplest solution to the very common problem of storing items in a fully-insulated loft is to install a raised floor above the insulation. The LoftZone raised loft floor is a lightweight, low cost, easy-to-install and very strong platform for storing items and walking on, while protecting the 270mm loft insulation and allowing it to save energy and cut fuel bills as intended. 

The combined cost of insulation, the LoftZone raised loft floor and loft flooring panels is still cheaper than the only other safe solution which is to lay rigid foam insulation on the loft floor and board above that. There is also no need to spend time cutting the foam to size nor worry about leaving air gaps. 

Other products to raise the height of the loft floor don't work as well because loft joists are not evenly spaced, which means it can be difficult to secure the loft boards firmly on to them. Only the LoftZone system has an adjustable beam which means that you can safely screw the boards down on to them, regardless of joist spacing. The beam also allows you to bridge over any obstructions in the loft too. 

Consumer Survey

Eco Answers, in partnership with The Carbon Trust have carried out an extensive consumer survey of the need for a raised loft floor.

There were 6,000 participants and the highlights include:

  • 82% use loft for storage
  • 78% greater than half full
  • 76% say loft storage is important or essential
  • 65% have fully or partially boarded their loft
  • 65% would consider having a raised loft flooring system
  • Only 15% understood that boarding over existing insulation damages it

    These problems are common and widespread.

Renewable Energy Installations

Renewable energy systems such as solar pv, solar hot water and heat recovery systems require equipment to be located in the loft space such as inverters, trunking and header tanks.

These all require safe access to the loft for both installation and maintenance. The RLFS will assist with this problem and could be viewed as an enabling technology opening up the loft space for these beneficial uses.


LoftZone Manufacturer Approved Installers

So how can I get this installed in my loft?

All you have to do is call our office on 0800 8799967 to arrange a FREE no obligation survey to determine your exact requirements and provide you with an immediate fixed price quote.
If you are satisfied with the price and requirements we can arrange for a certified and approved LoftZone installer to come and install your raised loft floor system and boarding along with your other requirements e.g. ladder, hatch, light, top-up insulation, safety rails etc.

You get a 5 year guarantee on everything we install along with our commercial PLI insurance so you have complete peace of mind your are dealing with a professional top quality company.
Any size of loft can be done as this system is modular so we put it all together on site to fit your loft space.
In most case, depending on how much boarding you require, it can take just 1 day to install and with minimal disruption to your home.

 

 

My house is over 50 year+ can you still install an energy efficient raised loft floor?

Of course we can, we specialise in new and older properties so where LoftZone StoreFloor wont work we can build a strong raised timber sub-frame to support and strengthen your lofts existing ceiling joists.

This system is ideal for older houses that have a purling style roof like the older terraced or semi / detached. See photos below.

Ok... it will cost a little more as there is more material involved but we always say "we wont cut corners to give cheap quotes" and we always use the right amount and type of material to do a proper job.

Manchester loft boarding and storage is all about doing it right, the professional way, no corners cut or material missed out.

What you want is a safe strong storage floor to support the boarding and storage weight which cannot be build directly on to your existing ceiling joists as they are not strong enough to do this job. Even putting some timber battens or 3x2 laid on to the existing joists in no longer the right way to do this anymore as it relies upon the existing joist to bear the weight. Lots of companies still use this out of date method but we don't we only use a the latest modern methods.

Not only do we have to get the boarded area up above the insulation of up to 270mm above the plasterboard, the sub-frame must not be reliant on a none weight bearing structure like ceiling joists, the storage flooring sub-frame which we board to must be supported by internal walls and structural purling's to hang from.

Done properly like this will guarantee a safe, strong, level storage area ready to take you and your storage weight without any worries of it affecting your existing ceiling.

Doing it the wrong way will cause the excess weight to crack your ceiling, or bow them to the point they cannot be straightened without replacing your ceiling joists and plasterboard ceiling and that's a huge and dirty expensive job.

Not getting enough height on the sub-frame floor means you will suffocate the insulation which will lose its efficiency, not allowing it to breathe properly will cause condensation which will lead to damp issues in your loft and most seriously your ceiling. Getting the correct height will keep you loft as efficient as it was before it was boarded so no compromise to the existing insulation.

Just like any other trade there is a right way and wrong way. Cheap loft boarding generally comes with no guarantee and can be unsafe as well as very uneven. If you have already had your loft boarded and its as level as the  Atlantic sea in a bad storm then its probably been done wrong and this will cause unnecessary pressure on your ceiling joists and purling hangers, crack ceiling and your will be able to see movement when someone is up there.

When we survey a loft we give advice on not just storage but checking to see if your old ceiling hangers (These are the sticks hanging from the roof purling's holding up your ceiling at it weakest points) are adequate, damaged or rotten and that's just for supporting your existing ceiling. They are easy and inexpensive to replace before the new boarded area goes in and will save you hassle in years to come by stopping premature ceiling sag.

We include the replacement ceiling hangers completely free of charge when we create a new sub-frame for your storage.

Build above the insulation   Avoid compressing or removing insulation   No need to squash the insulations to install this system


If you require a quote for your Loftzone StoreFloor or any of our Raised Loft Floor systems simply call us on our
FREE phone number 0800 87 999 67 or 0161 6632651 or e-mail us

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