brand new house and need extra storage?
Now you can utilise your loft space for storage without having to squash or removing your loft insulation
Been told you
can't have loft boarding by your builder?
Got an older house with upgraded insulation?
Want to use your loft for storage but the insulation is to high?
How can I use my heavily insulated loft for storage?
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 LOFT-E™ adjustable loft floor support has been designed to solve two problems when planning on boarding your loft for storage.
Firstly boarding directly on top of your loft insulation is wrong. Squashing or having to remove the existing loft insulation should never be done.
Building above the insulation is now possible by using a product that is designed to last a lifetime. The LOFT-E™ adjustable raised loft floor leg can not only raise the loft floor platform above the insulation level, but it can also account for variations in joist height.
Secondly, a static loft leg works fine if your loft joists are perfectly level to each other, but if they are not, you then have to start using packing pieces to get a level, which is not the best way.
The LoftZone Raised Loft StoreFloor 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.
StoreFloor protects the insulation underneath it, and provides a strong floor for safe access or storage and is ideal for lightweight useage.
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.
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 StoreFloor is the only system to do this which is cheap, easy to install and safe.
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 solution is to build above the insulation by either using LOFT-E™ or LoftZone raised loft leg system. This will avoid compromising your existing loft insulation and will give you a safe and strong platform to walk and store on. You wont need to squash or sacrifice any insulation to create a loft storage floor.
So how can I get this installed?
These manufacturers have a network of installers covering most of
the UK who are approved to installer LOFT-E or LoftZone
To find your nearest approved installer call 0800 8799967
The North of England has a LOFT-E and LoftZone manufacturer approved installer with certified fitters which is UK Loft Boarding and you can contact them from by calling their number directly 01254 370073 www.loft-boarding.com
UK Loft Boarding are also members of the Safe Trader
Scheme run by LCC Trading Standards. For other areas
please call 0800 8799967 and they will put you in touch
with your local installer.
We would only recommend these products be installed by a LoftZone approved and certified installer.