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Loft Board Laying

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Currently have 6" bare insulation in my loft, i want to lay flooring down purely to tidy up/make more use of storage space. Is this is DIY job or would i be better getting it done professionally. If… Read More
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1w, 4d agoPosted 1 week, 4 days ago
Currently have 6" bare insulation in my loft, i want to lay flooring down purely to tidy up/make more use of storage space.
Is this is DIY job or would i be better getting it done professionally.
If done professionally, what would be a standard quote? (top of a 4 in a block 3 bedroom)
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1w, 4d agoPosted 1 week, 4 days ago
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#1
its a diy job in most cases, simply get the loft boards and screw down, screw don't nail and watch for wires.
#2
Just had my loft boarded by a tradesman found on gumtree the two lads took about 5 hrs total 3 bed semi.. cost £475.....i probably could have done it myself but would have taken weeks in between work and prob cost £200+in wood alone and then having the right tools etc.. well worth getting trades in
#3
if you insulation is above the joists then don't put the boards directly on top, it'll eventually push the plasterboard from your ceiling, is still an easy job though, either get the plastic feet or run some timber in the opposite direction to the joists to raise the floor level. if your hatch is big enough then the 8x2 boards from wickes will make the job significantly quicker.
#4
Minimum recommended insulation is 10" add so put more down first


Edited By: chocci on Jun 13, 2017 08:50
#5
As above get "loft legs" to set the boards on. These lift the boards up above insulation. They are a bit fiddly for the first one or two boards you put down as you need to make sure you know where you are putting your feet so as to not go through the ceiling - after that its really quick and easy.

I got mine from Wickes, but i'm sure i saw them on offer at B&Q last week
#6
Be careful that you don't overload the ceiling joists, someone I knew stored boxes of books in his loft for a while until they transported themselves through the ceiling into a bedroom. Especially in modern houses, ceiling joists are designed to hold up a ceiling. I boarded my loft but only in the areas witg supporting walls underneath.
#7
I did mine myself. It isn't hard but it isn't very pleasant. Mine is a new house with the thicker insulation so I had to put in the loft stilts first which doubles the cost. Once you get the first row of boards down it takes no time
#8
eslick
its a diy job in most cases, simply get the loft boards and screw down, screw don't nail and watch for wires.


Thank you everyone.
I do have a inhabited wasp nest in one corner of the loft and experiencing some water damage to another corner, i think this is due to a faulty tile / guttering.
I do have it in the back of my mind that i should get a pro to look at it but realise it is an easily done job.
#9
The boards are £20 for three packs in b&q and the stilts are £15 for a dozen. You need self tapping screws and I found these were cheapest at screwfix. I bought too many boards and took three packs back. I got refunded £20.01 so made a massive 1p profit
#10
AndyMcNee
eslick
its a diy job in most cases, simply get the loft boards and screw down, screw don't nail and watch for wires.
Thank you everyone.
I do have a inhabited wasp nest in one corner of the loft and experiencing some water damage to another corner, i think this is due to a faulty tile / guttering.
I do have it in the back of my mind that i should get a pro to look at it but realise it is an easily done job.

see if you can find a friendly local builder who has a good reputation, wouldnt cost very much to fix those sort of problems.
#11
Make sure you stagger the boards in a brick wall type pattern i.e. cut the first board in half. I did it myself and I'm no Tommy Walsh but once I had the first few down so I could kneel on them it was easy. A drill driver is essential or you will be there all week.

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