Additional Storage With Loft Boarding

22 Mar

Loft Boarding is a relatively simple way of using your loft space, often without having to do anything else, by laying wooden boards across the beams in your loft or attic. Some DIY enthusiasts will even do this directly on to the beams. Doing this means the attic insulation is simply laid directly above the beams. This provides additional insulation benefits as well as being a lot quicker and easier than many other methods for installing attic insulation. The method I recommend is one that uses rafter tongue-and-groove joints. Learn more details about loft boarding.

Rafter tongue-and-groove joints are a very simple but effective technique for loft boarding prices and installation. They are also highly reliable and easy to install (sometimes you can do it yourself). The following paragraphs will describe the process in as much as possible detail.

Firstly, if you are using rafters then measure the height of the ceiling from the floor level. You should do this accurately as otherwise the finished height may be significantly different to the actual measured height of the ceiling. Using the correct values for the size of the storage unit will prevent any mistakes from being made and to ensure the best fit. As with most DIY projects, if in doubt, get someone else to do the measurements for you!

Once the measurements have been taken the next step is to prepare the loft space for loft boarding. This can be achieved by removing any loose tiles or insulation that is on the ceiling (if there are any) and any loose joist boards. Ideally, if the space is concrete then remove all timber from the floor and ceiling to make the most of the attic space. You may find that using drywall glue or a good quality timber glue will help keep the beam in place once the roof is removed. To understand more about loft boarding, click here:

Once the attic space has been prepared you can install the loft boarding system using either screws or nails. The installation process can often be made easier by the use of insulation if it is available in the loft boarding design. If not then use your discretion when choosing the insulation for the space. It is a good idea to check the R scale for insulation as some loft boards can be quite large in size and as a result be prone to leaking.

Installing the loft boarding in your home will give you additional storage space but will also provide security. Most manufacturers include a provision for insulation, so you may consider fitting additional insulation to the beams as an extra precaution. Alternatively, you could also install a frosted glass panel in the centre of the roof where you would normally attach the roofing to provide additional security. A frosted panel will not only provide a more aesthetically pleasing finish but will also offer greater protection against the elements. In warmer climates where the summer months are more humid, a quick solution to moisture problems will ensure your stored goods are safe from damp conditions. Find out more about this topic here:

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