Loft rooms have become an increasingly popular home improvement. Provided you’ve got around 2.6 metres of head room available, you could turn your loft in to a usable space! An extra bedroom, a home office, kids playroom or even a mini gym.
Creating that extra space….
Whenever you decide to convert a loft into a living space, the choice you make when it comes to insulation is important. It will be the difference between an ambient and comfortable area or a space that suffers extreme temperature variances, depending on the time of year.
Many loft rooms are converted so that a sloping ceiling meets the dwarf walls that protect the eaves crawl space. A crawl space is often created in the eaves area for storage but if badly insulated, can create a lifetime of misery through cold draughts. Similarly, the main roof area needs airtight thermal insulation before the rafters are boarded and the room decorated.
In the winter, without adequate insulation, a loft room could suffer freezing cold conditions whilst the summer will bring the reverse problem, the feeling that you are trapped in a microwave of stuffy heat.
ThermoFoam works well for loft rooms as a result of its airtight performance. Sealing every inch from apex to eaves will leave you with an ambient room that adds serious value to your home.
‘Sadly, we receive many enquires where a loft room has already been converted and decorated to a high standard but with no consideration for insulation during the conversion’
The formal bit….
Depending on its dimensions and size, the loft will usually be classed as a permitted development and should not require planning permission.
For those comfortable with DIY, this might give the impression that you can just get started and make the loft a room regardless of any regulations.
Sadly this isn’t the case as Building Regulations will apply and will therefore require inspection by a Building Control Officer.
You should ALWAYS seek professional advise when considering turning the loft space into a room.
Architects will help to prepare the technical specification whilst considering structural integrity and product choice. Meanwhile a Building Control Officer will inspect the conversion to ensure it meets current regulations.
The issue with retrospective insulation for such a space is the accessibility and the angles of the room. Sometimes making it virtually impossible to ensure a thermally efficient space without major intrusion on the room.
We try hard to come up with solutions that minimise disruption in loft rooms where a retrospective installation is necessary. Yet it inevitably means cutting access holes throughout the structure to ensure a complete coverage of our insulation.
Loft rooms are a great addition to any property that’s suitable for them but please do consult the experts to ensure that your room is a usable space once completed!
Do you have a project you need to insulate? If you think we can help with you get the most out of your loft space contact us today!