Old House? Weak Ceilings?

Just moved in to you new house and need extra storage?
Loft access to small?
Got an older house with tall insulation?
Want to use your loft for storage but the insulation is to high?

Now you can utilise your loft space for storage without having to squash or removing your loft insulation

How can I use my heavily 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 LBNW timber loft storage system ideal for older houses with small or weak ceiling joists. Its low cost, safe 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.

All our raised floor systems protect the insulation underneath it, and provides a strong floor for safe access or storage.

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.

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. Our system is the only system are the perfect solution for older homes with standard joists and lathe ceilings.

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 LBNW timber raised loft floing system is low cost, professionally installed 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, a raised timber sub-frame system and loft floor boards 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, or the height is not up to 270mm. Some DIY products feel flimsy and do not have a supporting timber beams across to support the boards properly

 

 

 

So how can I get this installed?

We are the only manufacturer approved installer in the Northwest of England with certified fitters and you can contact us by calling our number directly  01254 370073

Blackburn Lofts are a division run by UK Loft Boarding Ltd  and are members of the Safe Trader Scheme run by LCC Trading Standards. FREE to call 0800 8799967
Only ever use as manufacturer certified installer to make sure your loft storage system is installed correctly and the correct amount of materials have been use to make a safe installation.