Frequently Asked Questions

Very strong because we use purpose made 18mm thick, tongue and groove particle board, which is made from various recyclable particle materials held together with super strong glue, this gives a strong secure fit. It’s safe to walk on and store on distributing weight evenly over the trusses.

You don’t need planning permission because it is a permitted development. It also doesn’t need a building warrant, because it doesn’t create a habitable space.

Absolutely not. The warranty is designed to protect you from poor workmanship by the builder. In fact, the NHBC Standards state cases where you are required to board at least parts of your loft. It also states that any loft boarding should be raised to provide sufficient ventilation to your loft insulation.

Absolutely. According to British Standards, roof trusses (BS5268) can take a static load of up to 25kg per square metre – plus the weight of one person accessing the loft (a dynamic load of up to 180kg).

We will never place flooring directly onto the joists. Instead, we use raised loft flooring, for two reasons: Firstly, to avoid squashing the insulation which would drastically reduce its efficiency. Secondly, to ensure adequate ventilation of your insulation. Otherwise, any normally occurring condensation would be prevented from escaping, resulting in dampness and mould. So, anything that’s placed directly on top of your joists or loft insulation – that includes boxes and other larger items you store in your loft – impacts negatively on your loft insulation and, as a result, increases heat loss and your energy bills.

To allow for a full depth of insulation, the loft boarding will be raised 279mm above the top of your joists.

This gives you enough space for up to 350mm of insulation and an air gap between insulation and boarding. This ensures your insulation is well ventilated to take away any naturally occurring humidity to avoid condensation, dampness and mould.

Our raised loft flooring (including 18mm chipboard) sits 300mm above the top of your joists to give your insulation enough air to breathe and do its job.

We recommend you have a minimum headroom clearance of 5ft 5 to allow you to access the storage space comfortably.

No. We use raised loft flooring systems, to avoid interfering with the insulation in your loft.

Unlike traditional loft flooring, where boards are placed directly on top of the joists, our raised loft flooring leaves enough room for your insulation. It also allows airflow from the eaves, throughout the loft and under the flooring.

This way there will be no compression or condensation that could render your loft insulation ineffective.

Not if you floor your loft the right way. Dampness and mould build up when there isn’t enough ventilation in your loft to get rid of naturally occurring condensation. To ensure your loft insulation and ventilation stay intact, we only use raised loft boarding. This way, we give your loft insulation enough room to do its job plus an air gap between the insulation and loft boarding to quickly deal with any condensation. So make sure your loft flooring is never fitted directly onto the joists (or onto timber batons placed on top of the joists). And don’t store heavy items right on top of your insulation either. This prevents air from flowing across the roof space and will lead to dampness and mould.

Raised loft flooring is suitable both for new builds and older homes. The system we use is flexible enough to deal with most irregularities like height differences or uneven joists. A surveyor will assess the suitability of your loft and provide guidance.

Most new build homes in Scotland have approx. 270-300mm of mineral wool insulation in their lofts. In a trussed rafter loft, there’s usually 100mm between the rafters on the plasterboard ceiling. On top of that, running perpendicular, there should be a second layer of 170-200mm insulation.
If you have less than this, or none at all, you’re missing out on an opportunity to reduce heat loss, protect the environment and save money.
Sometimes, homes have an additional layer of insulation fitted taking the amount of mineral wool in lofts up to 400mm. Our received wisdom on this is that due to diminishing returns of the insulation, this additional layer adds an almost negligible thermal benefit.
But it rather gives the developer a cheap and easy improvement to the home’s SAP score they need to achieve a building warrant for the house type.

Yes, any existing boards (or stored items, for that matter) will have to be removed before we get started.

Let us know during your free survey if you prefer us to take care of that for you. Depending on the amount of existing flooring, we may charge a small fee for the removal.

You can choose from a wide range of loft ladders, so there’s likely to be a loft ladder that fits into your home. To check if you have enough room for a loft ladder, you need to look at your loft space, the loft hatch and your landing.

As for the loft, most ladders fit within the hatch when not in use, so won’t take up much space. But avoid ladders that store on your loft floor if you’re short on space around the hatch.

If you want to use your existing loft hatch, it should be down-swinging to suit a loft ladder. Alternatively, we can fit a suitable hatch for you or you can choose a timber ladder that comes with its own hatch.

Also, the landing needs to have enough swing space for the ladder to be opened and closed safely. The exact space depends on the type of ladder, but even the smallest loft ladders need at least 150cm of swing clearance.

Typically, we can get you fitted in within 3 to 5 weeks from the point you accept the quote. You can also book your installation for a date much further in the future if you have a preferred timescale in mind or need to wait until other construction work is completed.

Most installs are completed within one day, including electrics.

We usually manage to schedule the electrics on the same day as the floor installation. We will let you know in advance if they need to be scheduled separately for any reason.

Yes, we absolutely can! Our surveyor can assess your current insulation and provide guidance on what would be best for your particular situation.

No, we specialise in loft flooring for storage and don’t offer loft conversions that create extra living space in your home.

Yes! At The Loft Boarding Company, we provide a lifetime guarantee on the loft boarding and a 5-year guarantee on the electrics and ladders.

No deposit is required. You will be sent a payment link the day before installation. We kindly ask payment is made once the work is complete.