A Quick Guide to Loft Boarding

Is your loft dark, dingy, and hard to move around? It seems a shame to have a whole area above your house that you currently can’t use. 

What if there was a way to turn that dark and dingy room into a wonderful storage area to help you save space in the rest of the house? Well, luckily, there is. Loft boarding is a straightforward job of laying flat boards of wood over your loft to create an easily maneuverable new room in your house.

Here’s your guide to boarding a loft. 

Benefits of Loft Boarding

You might be wondering why you’d bother to board a loft, but it has several benefits. 

First of all, you can save so much on storage space. Boarding a loft gives you an entirely new room that you can fill the things you simply can’t find space for in the rest of your house. 

Another benefit is safety. Lofts can be cramped, dingy, and challenging to move around in. When you board your loft, you’re making it much safer as you can walk around on firm boards that aren’t obstructed by anything.

When done right, you can increase your home’s thermal performance. By boarding the loft and looking after the insulation, you’re allowing your home to keep more heat inside and let less escape. This, in turn, will help to bring your energy bills down. 

Boarding a loft is super easy, and you can be done by anyone who considers themselves competent at DIY. If you’d rather avoid the stress of doing it yourself, you can contact companies like Instaloft, who can come round and handle the boarding for you. 

How to Board a Loft – Step-by-Step Guide

Now you know why you should board your loft, but how do you go about doing it?

Well, it’s a reasonably straightforward step-by-step process and shouldn’t take you too long to complete if you want to do it yourself. You can, of course, hire a company to do it for you if you don’t want the hassle of doing it yourself. 

Here are some loft boarding tips.

Step 1 – Get Prepared 

The first thing you need to do is get prepared and gather the equipment you’ll need. As with all big DIY projects, safety should always come first, and you should invest in some personal protective equipment like overalls, gloves, masks, and goggles. 

You should also make sure that you are wearing closed shoes. Steel toe caps are a bonus. 

You will also need:

  • Drill
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw (if required)
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer

You will need to purchase some loft boards, some screws, and some insulation material if you need it. 

You should always put your protective equipment on before touching any of the tools or starting any of the work. It also helps to set up a temporary workstation. You can easily set up this workstation across the ceiling joists.  

Step 2 – Inspect the Insulation 

You’ve got your equipment and materials, but it’s not quite time to start yet. 

Before you start laying your boards, you should always carry out an inspection of the insulation material in your loft. Specifically, you’re checking to see if it’s at the correct depth. 

The recommended depth is around 270mm. Anything lower than this means that your insulation might not be doing its job properly. If you discover that your insulation is not at the proper depth, then it will be worth doing some work on it before you begin laying your boards down. 

It will be difficult to adjust this later. 

Step 3 – Measurements 

Once you’re happy that your insulation is the correct depth, you can move on to the next stage. This stage is essential, so make sure to get it right. 

You need to move around your loft and take detailed measurements. This is so that you know how much material you need to use to get the job done. It seems daunting, but it’s a straightforward equation. 

Multiply the width of the loft by the length, and you’ll have your figure. Just remember to also measure the space between the joints and the trusses. 

Step 4 – Elevate Boards

Next, you need to make sure that your new boards aren’t going to squish your insulation. If your insulation falls below the recommended depth, then it won’t work properly. 

An easy way to get around this is by using loft legs. When you buy your boards, they’ll often come with a set of legs that you can use to elevate your boards above the insulation so that it’s not laying directly on top of it.

The loft legs need to be secured to the ceiling joints, and you need to install them in a grid shape. You can then roll out your insulation around this grid of legs.

Step 5 – Lay the Boards

At long last, you can begin laying your loft boards. It’s a straightforward process.

Take the board and lay it flat on top of the loft legs. Then, you secure it into position by screwing through the board into the leg. You want to lay the boards down in a staggered pattern. 

You want this staggered pattern because you want to avoid having all the joints of the boards meeting. The joints of the boards meeting could lead to the boards being structurally weak. 

Once you’ve laid all your boards out, go around and check that they are secure and in the correct pattern. 

Step 6 – Fill the Gaps

Finally, you just need to go around the loft and see if any gaps need filling in. If you laid the boards down in a staggered pattern, you’d need to use the jigsaw to cut some pieces down to the right shape to fill the gaps. 

Loft Boarding is Beneficial to Your Home 

So there you have it–a quick and easy guide to loft boarding. Anyone with good DIY skills can easily accomplish this task, but there are always companies on hand to help you with it if you haven’t got the skills. 

Boarding your loft gives you more storage and lower energy bills. What’s not to love about that?

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