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How to choose most suitable loft boarding system and what you need to know.

Purpose of boarding your loft

When someone bought the new house most of the them gets done loft boarding and some people convert it as a long term  project. Most of the newly build property owners gets loft boarding before they move to the property. As you know someone  move to the property they are looking for more storage space but can not find. Standard properties have the same issue such as some home owners difficult to find enough storage space.

Some  of the property owners getting  loft boarded as a hobby room, kids may want to little play area or sometimes they need something more than storage.

Please note: loft boarding system is not a initial stage of loft conversion. Most of the loft boarding systems are design for storage purpose. Expertise recommended only 25kg per square meter as a permanent storage and person up to 180kg can walk in it as temporary basis.

If some one need more than above they need to consult with structural engineer about it to find most suitable  loft boarding system for their needs.

Type of loft boarding system and its negative and positive impact.

We can explain 3 type of loft boarding systems in here. (there are more than 3 type of loft boarding systems in the market. Most of them will fall in to one of those categories).

  1. Wood beam loft boarding system
  2. loft leg loft boarding system
  3. Loft boarding system of loft zone

Before we discuss about any of loft boarding systems we want to explain about loft insulation and its basic standards.

Loft Insulation

loft floor insulation

Loft insulation is one of key important factor in the loft and it has standard for insulation thickness which has been significantly changed over the period. Latest standard of loft insulation is 270mm for domestic properties. New build properties may have up to 270mm -400mm thickness of loft insulation. Usually standard properties or older properties may has loft insulation 100mm, 50mm, 25mm. Sometimes  no insulation at all.

 

  What is Raised loft boarding system  

raised loft boarding system

The raised loft boarding system is the system required with latest standards of loft insulation. Raising your loft floor over insulation is the raised loft boarding. There are many type of raised loft boarding systems in the industry but always need to make sure your floor raised over the insulation. Normally properly insulated standard and old houses  insulation height is 270mm but some of the new build houses insulation thickness is around 350mm -400mm. In the industry, there are different height of loft boarding systems and we need to choose correct loft boarding system to go over the existing loft insulation.

Example :

We can choose loft leg system as a our loft boarding system for standard property with 100mm joist height and 270mm loft insulation. in this scenario we can use 175mm loft leg system for our loft boarding.

New build house owner  with 350mm loft insulation and 100mm joist height, 175mm loft leg system not suitable for our loft boarding system we need to choose next available loft boarding system which is 300mm loft leg loft boarding system.

  1. wood beam loft boarding system

Wooden beam loft boarding system slightly old system and most of the wooden beam systems does not come with latest loft insulation standard. Usually it comes with 25mm, 50mm, 100mm, 125mm wood beams. As most of the properties has approximately 100mm joist and we need more than 170mm height system to achieve 270mm thickness of latest standard loft insulation.

Furthermore, having a wood beam loft boarding system sometimes air flow will be restricted. Thicker insulation makes more savings for the property and lower the insulation will be more energy to the maintain the property. Also air flow restriction may lead to condensation issues in long term or short term. Usually wooden beam loft boarding system use 25mm, 50mm, 100mm beams so when come to the pipes for plumbing make more restricted or difficulties to install loft boarding system.

Other Factors:

Wooden beam loft boarding systems, if install may win with head height. When come to the very low pitch lower the height make more easier to access or walk on it. In addition, wood beam loft boarding systems make installation much more faster than other systems. Furthermore, wooden loft boarding system is most cost effective system to install  when compering to other loft boarding systems in the industry.

  1. loft leg loft boarding system

loft leg is the one of the one of the industry leading loft boarding system designed and independently tested for latest standard achieve UK government recommended insulation height and have storage in their lofts. Furthermore, it is the one of the first products has become the industry standard and this product manufactured in UK by using 100% recycled material.

Loft leg system can use most of the loft boarding systems in new build house. Furthermore, standers and old preparties may able to loft leg loft boarding systems for there properties.

Loft leg loft boarding system has 2 sizes when come to there raised legs. 1 one is a loft leg with 175mm height more suitable for standard and old property loft boarding in 270mm thickness loft insulation. In addition, they got a 300mm loft legs xl system mainly suitable for new build loft boarding systems with 350mm and 400mm loft insulation thickness.

Those are suitable for raised loft boarding system for standard old and some of the new build properties. Moreover, loft leg company website evidencing those 175mm hight loft legs may hold up to 500kg and loft leg xl system legs may hold up to 1000kg however, they do not change the load bearing characteristics of a loft.

British Standards

BS6399-1:1996 for new build homes installed with a loft hatch require trusses to be designed to carry a 25Kg per square metre storage load plus the temporary load of a person moving around in the loft. Some homes may have been designed to exceed this but if you want to exceed 25Kg per square metre we would recommend consulting a structural engineer. (https://www.loftleg.com/faq).

Standard, old and new build all the type of lofts  may suitable for loftzone system. Your property has very low roof then head height may be the issue. More recommended for standard properties but this also suitable for new build properties. For a new build property we more recommended to use 2.4m*0.6m loft boards than 1.2m*0.32m.

  1. loft Zone Loft boarding system

Award-winning raised loft floor that provides loft storage and safe access above the full depth of loft insulation. Suitable for both traditional and new buildings, it is the only loft boarding product available with the necessary industry certification, and it won’t invalidate warranties for a new build house  .

Store floor of LoftZone  can hold up to an impressive 500kg’s per square meter due to its Tri and Uni supports made from extremely strong engineering grade plastic. The sub-frame creates a very strong and safe platform that easily surpasses the British Standard 6399-1:1996 for minimum floor load requirements .

This loft boarding system suitable for new buildings and traditional buildings including cut, purlin and truss-roofed types.  BBA approved ( British board of agreement approval certificate) this loft boarding system suitable for commercial or domestic buildings in UK.

The Loft zone loft boarding system give you more strength on loft boarding as a system.  it has a ventilation gap for air circulation keep under the boards and inside the loft space. System of  loft boarding  can install bit quickly but not quicker as wood beam loft boarding system. Price is bit higher when comparing to other loft boarding system like wood beam loft boarding system and loft leg loft boarding system.

Comparison of the all loft boarding or loft flooring systems

Conclusion about all loft boarding and raised loft boarding systems

Air circulation:

when come to air circulation wood beam loft flooring system may give you restriction comparing to other system. Furthermore, it may develop the condensation in long term. Victorian insulation can confirm loft zone loft boarding system and loft leg loft flooring systems does not have any air circulation issues if loft flooring system has installed properly.

Head height:

wooden beam loft flooring system is the most suitable system for head height as it  can install with different height of wood beam example: 25mm, 50mm, 100mm etc and achieve most suitable system for you roof height. However, loft leg loft flooring system and loft zone loft flooring systems as one or two standard sizes so those has more restrictions when come to head height.

Installation time:

wooden beam loft boarding system and loft zone loft flooring systems are faster to install than bout of loft leg system.

Certifications:

wooden loft flooring does not have any certification or approvals as it is traditional old method of loft boarding. loft zone loft boarding system has BBA approved certificate and only the approved system at the moment for loft boarding. loft leg loft flooring system has been tested independently.

Suitability for new buildings:

wooden loft flooring system not suitable for new build. However, loft leg and loft zone raised loft boarding systems are suitable for new build properties.

Cost of installation:

loft beam loft flooring system is the most cost effective loft boarding system. Moreover, loft zone loft flooring system most expensive system. Inanition, loft leg raised loft flooring system is the average loft boarding system.

Recommendations

Wood beam loft flooring system is the most cost effective system when come to initial installation. Not enough standard insulation means  you may lose more heating and pay more fuel bills. In addition, it may give you condensation issues in long term. If you decide to go with wooden loft flooring system recommend you to keep lower insulation. Make sure to install the insulation should not touch loft flooring boards.

However, loft zone raised loft boarding system and loft leg raised loft boarding systems are the most suitable and latest standard raised loft boarding systems. Latest insulation standards depend on loft insulation thickness. Best and most suitable loft flooring system for new build properties could be loft zone system  as it has BBA approval. According to the latest standard, loft Zone and Loft leg Raised loft boarding systems are suitable for traditional or new build properties as a raised loft boarding system.