Taking loft storage to new heights

Bought a brand new house and need extra storage?
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?

Now you can utilise your loft space for storage without having to squash or removing your loft insulation

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 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.

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 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 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. 

The combined cost of insulation, the LoftZone StoreFloor and loft floor boards 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 StoreFloor 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. 

 

There is now a solution to meet Part L, Part K, CDM and Working at Height regulations relating to lofts

Like any part of a building, lofts can be dangerous places and there are therefore several regulations that architects, specifiers and builders need to meet.
The first thing is to consider the loading on the floor of the loft.

Lofts are designed primarily to support the roof, so if the loft is to be used for storage or access, then clearly the joists on the floor of the loft need to be strong enough for this.
For example, most new houses are constructed with truss roofs and the British Standard for these (BS5268) says that the joists must be able to carry a permanent load of at least 25kg per square metre (e.g. for storage) plus a temporary load of 180kg (assumed to be one person walking around). [ Read More ]

 

So how can I get this installed?

LoftZone has a network of installers covering most of the UK. To find your nearest LoftZone approved installer visit http://nationwideloftstorage.co.uk

The Northwest of England has a manufacturer approved installer with certified fitters which is Loft Boarding NW and you can contact them from by calling their number directly  0161 6632651 www.loft-boarding-nw.co.uk

Loft Boarding NW 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.


So how does it all go together?

Watch the video for an animated example of how the raised storage floor system is put together.