Q) Is my loft suitable?
A) LoftZone StoreFloor is suitable for almost all lofts, including cut, purlin and truss-roofed types. It's frequently fitted in both houses and commercial buildings. Your joists will be need to be made of wood and be at least 32mm (1.25") wide and 75mm (3") tall.
Q) Can I board the loft in a brand new house?
A) Yes you can, but you need to use StoreFloor. Most new houses have truss roofs and the British Standard says that the joists must be able to carry a permanent load of at least 25kg per square metre (e.g. for storage) plus a temporary load of 180kg (assumed to be one person walking around). Every new house has to be built at least to this minimum legal standard, though many can in fact accommodate much more storage.
Q) How much of my loft should I deck?
A) Most people would like to board their whole loft, but you don't have to. StoreFloor is modular so you can start small and build more later when your storage requirements go up. Most people choose a square or rectangular deck, or an L or T shape near the hatch. Some people have more than one deck, on either side of the hatch. Don't board right up to the eaves though, as you'll want to keep a gap for ventilation.
Q) How high will the deck be?
A) The deck will be raised 279mm above the top of your joists. This is to allow for a full depth of loft insulation (up to 350mm, measured from the floor of the loft) plus an air gap above the insulation and below the boards. This essential air gap is there to allow air to flow over the insulation, thereby taking away any humidity which might otherwise condense on the underside of the boards and cause damp. We took advice from the Buildings Research Establishment for the size of the air gap during the design phase – hence the 279mm.
LoftZone is a British company with innovative solutions for the loft space in buildings. Our UK-made products will save you money, help the environment, increase safety and provide extra storage in our increasingly crowded buildings.
Award-winning raised loft floor that provides loft storage and safe access above the full depth of loft insulation. It's the easiest way to create safe access to equipment in your loft, or simply to generate storage space while keeping your loft insulated.
LoftZone creates a lightweight but incredibly strong system of raised beams that supports a safe deck above your insulation. It's the easiest way to create safe access to equipment in your loft, or simply to generate storage space while keeping your loft insulated to regulations