How to board your loft for storage

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Do you want to use your loft for storage?

Lofts are great to use for storage space: around 82% of people who have one use it for this purpose. But many people also want to insulate their lofts and save money on their heating bills. This leaves them with two options: either, they use the loft solely for insulation and don't have any storage, or they place items directly on to the insulation and therefore squash it. Understandably, lots of people choose the second option - but by squashing the insulation, you make it considerably less efficient.

When insulation is compressed to a joist height of 100mm, you reduce its performance by 50% - and that gets worse as the compression increases. So even though you might think the insulation is working the way it's supposed to, it really isn't!
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Boarding above the insulation

So how can you use your loft for storage and keep your insulation protected? The best way to do so is by creating a raised deck above the insulation. This gives you the storage space you need, whilst making sure your insulation is working exactly as it's meant to.  

There are numerous ways of doing this, but some are better than others. With the LoftZone StoreFloor kit, you can avoid using heavy and awkward materials like timber. The entire kit is designed to be adaptable and works with a variety of roofs, including those with uneven or warped joists. It also creates an air gap above the insulation,  preventing condensation and subsequent damp, which can occur with other raised floor products: See store listings.
The four stages of boarding your loft with LoftZone kit
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Loft storage in new build homes

Many people who own a new build house are told that they can't use their lofts for storage. This is because the traditional ways of boarding a loft allow too much heat to escape and are very heavy. The raised loft floor system does not suffer from either of these problems, however, which means it is suitable for new build houses.

You can board as much of your loft as you need; another advantage is that the LoftZone kit can be "topped-up", so you can add more as you go along if you choose to. Kits are available in a number of sizes and start from just £87.00 including free standard delivery.
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