The LoftZone Raised Loft Storage System
UK Loft Boarding Ltd are the only LoftZone approved company in the Northwest of England and install to the manufacturers specifications to allow your loft to keep its insulation level high and for your home to remain energy efficient.
At UK Loft Boarding Ltd we specialise in installing approved raised loft boarding systems in the UK.
The LoftZone StoreFloor enables compliance with Part L.
This system is a lightweight, low cost, quick to have installed and provides a 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.
How can I use my 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 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 cases it can be installed in just a day with minimal disruption to your home by our very own qualified and factory approved LoftZone installers.
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.
What we at Loft Boarding do is never decrease the energy efficiency of a property, in fact we actually increase it by suggesting replacing old loft hatches and topping up insulation levels.
What Area Can I Board for Storage?
Normally we only board areas which are accessible by standing or kneeling but not lying down. Keeping your storage area central, and at the highest point will be most practical
There is no point going to the unnecessary expense of boarding your eaves as they are to low and not really that accessible, plus you need to keep these areas clear so as to allow airflow around your loft, this is very important
New build properties are completely different to older purlin style roofs house such as Pre-war terraced and detached. Timber self-supporting sub-frames are required in these houses to add support and strength so as not to rely upon the existing ceiling joists so a much safe stronger area can be gained.
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.
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.
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