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loft boarding had a quote for 20/15 ft £1070 is this good? anyone recommend a company?

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Found 16th Feb 2011
looking to get loft boarded out with hatch and ladder, had a quote of £1070 for 20/15 foot 300 sq feet.

My wife says its too much, thought id ask any advice. as i have no idea.

any company recommendations would be appreciated too.

thank you.
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i paid £750 for mine 3 months ago with a sub frame and floor fitted and a roof window too. i live in a 2 bed terraced
boarding the loft ur self is pretty easy if u want to save money ading the hatch/ladder can cost a bit
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neilhaj

i paid £750 for mine 3 months ago with a sub frame and floor fitted and a … i paid £750 for mine 3 months ago with a sub frame and floor fitted and a roof window too. i live in a 2 bed terraced



Good price. who did that?
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SOSAGES

boarding the loft ur self is pretty easy if u want to save money ading … boarding the loft ur self is pretty easy if u want to save money ading the hatch/ladder can cost a bit



Dont like this sort of work, i work with computers and retail, my handyman skills dont exist.
dvhendo

Dont like this sort of work, i work with computers and retail, my … Dont like this sort of work, i work with computers and retail, my handyman skills dont exist.


Just do the boarding then and get someone in to do the ladder. You don't need handyman skills, tape messure, saw and hammer and nails is all you needs. You can get the ladder fitted for £1-200. Look in the classifieds of your local free rag.
deek72

Just do the boarding then and get someone in to do the ladder. You don't … Just do the boarding then and get someone in to do the ladder. You don't need handyman skills, tape messure, saw and hammer and nails is all you needs. You can get the ladder fitted for £1-200. Look in the classifieds of your local free rag.




You might need a subframe building on top of your existing joist for extra support so might be worth getting someone out. My was someone local (manchester area), where are you based?
deek72

Just do the boarding then and get someone in to do the ladder. You don't … Just do the boarding then and get someone in to do the ladder. You don't need handyman skills, tape messure, saw and hammer and nails is all you needs. You can get the ladder fitted for £1-200. Look in the classifieds of your local free rag.



Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix to, only steel joists! Its a weird construction its like a steel frame where you would expect to find wood including unedr the floor boards upstairs (downstairs is concrete floor)

DIY is normally a doddle but I am stumped with this one as there appears to be no way of fastening down.


@dvhendo sorry for the hijack but as its related thought it better than starting a new one.
Edited by: "harlzter" 16th Feb 2011
Were are you??? my fella is a joiner and does that kind of work?
My DIY skills aren't great, but I boarded my loft and fitted a ladder for a lot lot less than you have been quoted
So where are all the cheap skilled polish tradesmen when you need them? I want a cheap plumber.
Edited by: "WoolyM" 16th Feb 2011
harlzter

Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix … Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix to, only steel joists! Its a weird construction its like a steel frame where you would expect to find wood including unedr the floor boards upstairs (downstairs is concrete floor)DIY is normally a doddle but I am stumped with this one as there appears to be no way of fastening down.@dvhendo sorry for the hijack but as its related thought it better than starting a new one.



How about glueing all the boards together and making like a floating floor that isn't actually fixed down but you could secure the edges. That's how laminate flooring is laid.

OP if you plan, get the right tools take your time and do your homework the flooring really is easy and will probably save you at least £200 IMO.
^^^^ and watch you dont drill into wires or pipes....ooooo !!!! oO oO
Boarding the loft is one thing but if boarding and putting a ladder in place encourages you to increase the usual loads in the attic space, then you may also need to strengthen it. That is one area that could be expensive. And would require knowlege to do properly.
greg_68

Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix … Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix to, only steel joists! Its a weird construction its like a steel frame where you would expect to find wood including unedr the floor boards upstairs (downstairs is concrete floor)DIY is normally a doddle but I am stumped with this one as there appears to be no way of fastening down.How about glueing all the boards together and making like a floating floor that isn't actually fixed down but you could secure the edges. That's how laminate flooring is laid..



THought about that but looking at board sizes nearly all the joints in one direction would fall between joists which I dont fancy.
harlzter

Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix … Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix to, only steel joists! Its a weird construction its like a steel frame where you would expect to find wood including unedr the floor boards upstairs (downstairs is concrete floor)DIY is normally a doddle but I am stumped with this one as there appears to be no way of fastening down.@dvhendo sorry for the hijack but as its related thought it better than starting a new one.


Not sure with steel joists tbh, other than drilling then nuts and bolts. Mine are wooden and it was a doddle using old t&g floorboards.
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lindseyanndavis

^^^^ and watch you dont drill into wires or pipes....ooooo !!!! oO oO



Im just outside of doncaster, in a village.
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greg_68

How about glueing all the boards together and making like a floating … How about glueing all the boards together and making like a floating floor that isn't actually fixed down but you could secure the edges. That's how laminate flooring is laid.OP if you plan, get the right tools take your time and do your homework the flooring really is easy and will probably save you at least £200 IMO.



id still prefer to pay someone. my dad offered to do it, but id rather he didnt he's retired so id rather he didnt mess about in my loft at his age! lol.
Sounds about the same size as my loft, I seem to remember the parts were around £500, which includes enough timber to double the height of the joists to make them strong enough and to level the height of the floor as there's a double height central joist, t&g sheets and a nice folding wooden loft ladder. Then add a few days to do it I'd say £800 would be reasonable. I'm very suprised that someone got one with a window included even cheaper than that as the windows are close to £200 I seem to remember (reasonable size one).

Do it yourself with your dad, decent drill with screwdriver function and you're away!
harlzter

Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix … Any handy tips for how I can do mine? There are no wooden joists to fix to, only steel joists! Its a weird construction its like a steel frame where you would expect to find wood including unedr the floor boards upstairs (downstairs is concrete floor)DIY is normally a doddle but I am stumped with this one as there appears to be no way of fastening down.@dvhendo sorry for the hijack but as its related thought it better than starting a new one.



Would've thought that t&g boards are your friend. As long as you've got a level base. Then cut them so that your joints will be on top of joists. Difficult to describe, you need to cut the outside edge not the inside edge otherwise your sheets won't fix together!

You could stick down too but probably no real need.
Post piccys of your lofts and we can get an idea of what's involved.
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harlzter

THought about that but looking at board sizes nearly all the joints in … THought about that but looking at board sizes nearly all the joints in one direction would fall between joists which I dont fancy.



A...build a sub frame out of 2 +1 that sits on top of the existing joists and screw down floor boards onto that.

B...use those wide pale green Tongue and groove MDF sheets that slot together and stick them down with no nails accross the joists.


Edited by: "slamdunkin" 16th Feb 2011
dvhendo

Im just outside of doncaster, in a village.



Were in Littleborough, Rochdale so probably and hour away?

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