Typically, when getting an extension for your home, the attic might either be an afterthought for some or a key focus. Whether you’ve already had your existing attic boarded or are waiting for your extension to be completed, there are a few parameters that need to be considered when thinking about the attic size.
The benefits of attic boarding
Attic boarding allows for the use of previously unusable space. The option to move a lot of your belongings into a location that may be more reserved for long-term storage is a benefit some may not be able to take advantage of.
The products we offer ensure you’re able to make the most of your attic size whilst ensuring the safety and longevity of your insulation and roof beams. Our expertly designed raised attic boarding solution not only allows for additional storage in your home but also maximizes airflow and reduces energy bills. The reason for this is the airflow allows for heat to regulate and reduce the loss of warm air through your roof.
The process of expansion and when is best to fit the boards
Typically, it is best to fit the attic boards once the attic space is ready. If you’re expanding the attic size that boarding will need to cover, completion of the extension should then trigger the beginning of the boarding installation. Damaging of the attic boards themselves, or the mounts which they sit upon, could occur if the installation is started whilst continued building work is being carried out.
If you knowingly want to install attic boards into your new attic space, it is suggested to plan ahead and include it in your overall extension plans. This way, knowing the amount of work needed as a whole and how many materials you’ll need won’t be a surprise.
What to do if the space within your expanded attic is limited
As a homeowner, all decisions are yours and yours alone. This means the amount of your attic you’d like to have boarded is completely your decision. However, there are some recommendations we do suggest to stick to – no matter the attic size.
When looking to board your attic, it is suggested to allow for an adequate amount of headroom. This is purely down to health and safety reasoning as most homes have beams that could cause issues when passing through the attic space.
Ensuring you have a safe and ideal way to access your attic is essential. Different variations of ladders and the hatch itself should be identified and targeted if it will knowingly be a problem down the line. Orientation of the hatch and ladder can be discussed with our professionals. If replacement is needed, this can also be discussed.
Box storage is a common use when an attic has been boarded. To ensure you use your space efficiently, a shelving solution could be explored and considered within the original plans if need be.
Get in touch for more information
If boarding your attic is something you’re looking to achieve in the future, once your extension has been completed, feel free to get in touch. We’ll be able to suggest the ideal form of attic boarding and can cater to the attic size and amount of storage which you’re looking to achieve.