Would you trust a trader to board your loft who wasn’t recommended in the Stratford-upon Avon area?

Choosing a trader to work in your home is a big decision. We have all heard stories about people who have been let down by cowboy traders or disappointed by those who have not been as professional on the job as they seemed when quoting for it.

As a small, independent firm, we rely on word of mouth. It’s kept us busy boarding lofts and fitting ladders for over a decade.

We love it when our customers share their good experiences of our service on our Facebook page or on our website. ‘Professional’ is usually the word they use to describe our service and we take a pride in ensuring that we make each job the best it can be.

All our reviews are genuine – we don’t edit them in any way. In lieu of asking a neighbour, it’s the next best thing. In fact, our name often comes up on local forums with our customers recommending us when people enquire about who to trust for loft ladder fitting and loft boarding in Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area.

So, if you are looking for a reliable local firm, then take a look at the reviews on our website and on our Facebook page. We are also very happy to have a chat about any concerns you may have about either choosing a loft ladder or boarding your loft.

Time for a spring clean? Loft boarding in Stratford-upon-Avon could help you clear the clutter

Just think what you could store in a newly boarded loft!

From clearing bookcases for a more streamlined look, to organising paperwork that you need to hang on to but don’t want to look at, a boarded loft can help you organise your living space.

By adding a loft ladder, you can ensure that your newly-created storage space is easily accessible.  So, if it’s something that you might want tomorrow, but don’t need today, why not think about storing it in your loft?

We take a look at some of the most frequently stored items in our customers’ lofts.

Clothes

Whether you are storing your skinny jeans waiting for them to come back into fashion or looking to take bulky winter items out of precious wardrobe space, storing clothes in a boarded loft is a popular option. Just make sure they are vacuum packed to keep them looking good when you retrieve them.

Paperwork

If you run your own business from home, the chances are that you will have paperwork and records that you just can’t get rid of ‘in case.’ Label and store them in a boxed hanging file and you can clear room around your desk, leaving you feeling less hemmed in by a lack of home office space.

Sports equipment

Maybe it’s scuba diving kit for your next foreign adventure or golf clubs for when you finally get back to lessons. Many of us have sports equipment gathering dust in a corner. Put it in a boarded loft, and with the help of an easy-access loft ladder, you can retrieve it in a jiffy should you want it.

Books

These are some of the most popular items to store in a boarded loft. With a trend for stylised book cases complete with trailing plants and carefully curated objects, a rammed bookcase can make your home look cluttered. Remember to store them in airtight boxes to keep them in tiptop condition.

So if banishing the clutter is appealing, call us today on 07712 327 889

How to make your home feel bigger without extending in Bromsgrove

Depending on where you live, the average cost of an extension is reckoned to be between £1,200 and £1,800 per square metre. Whilst most of us who buy a property wish to change it in some way and may plan to extend, arranging the necessary finances and permissions can take a long time. 

The answer could lie in creating proper storage space so that you can reorganise your existing rooms.

The cost for boarding is around £35 per square metre, so whilst still being an investment, this can be a practical solution compared to to building costs. Boarding and ladder fitting can also be achieved within a day and with minimal disruption, leaving you free to start reorganising your space.

In fact, a boarded loft, safely and easily accessed with a fitted ladder can totally transform a property by opening up storage possibilities.  Items that are not needed every day can be kept out of sight and brought down from the loft when required.

Modern ladders are light but sturdy and glide into place without the fear of trapped fingers. Going up to the loft to retrieve belongings is no longer a chore.

Take a look at our Facebook page for photos of recent work. You can message us through the page or call us on 07712 327889.

Redditch homeowners take note – loft boarding could save you money

The energy price cap is being increased from 1st April 2022, affecting over 20 million people in the UK. This means that, unless you are already on a prefixed tariff, you will soon be paying more for gas and electricity.

With dramatically rising energy prices, you may be thinking about making your home more energy efficient.

Did you know that loft boarding increases the thermal efficiency of a property as the the boards create an additional insulating layer. If you are thinking about boarding the loft yourself, check with a professional first. They will be able to assess whether your existing insulation needs protection by raising the level of boarding as compressing insulation decreases its efficiency.

Another area where your home could be losing heat is through the loft hatch. This is particularly the case with older, ill-fitting hatches. Modern loft hatches offer greater insulation and, when fitted correctly, should be snug enough to prevent heat loss.

If you were already thinking about boarding the loft, increasing the heat retention of your home is another strong reason to do it.

For a no-obligation quote in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, contact us now on 07712 327889 or use our contact form.

Live near Stratford-upon-Avon and short on time? Call in the professionals for loft boarding and fitted ladders

There are some jobs for which it is just better to call in the professionals. Loft boarding and fitting a fixed ladder are two of them. 

We spend most of our days up in other people’s lofts and, for anyone not experienced, then it is not an easy job, nor is it a quick one.

So, when we say that we can board most lofts and fit a ladder in under a day, don’t be fooled into thinking that it is a simple task. We have been perfecting our trade for more than a decade and are trained carpenters to boot. Before boarding lofts, Stuart worked as a carpenter in the housebuilding sector. The experience of our team means we deliver a conveniently quick service and, in most cases, will arrive in the morning and by afternoon be helping to take boxes up to the loft.

We also have tried and trusted suppliers in place so that we can guarantee the quality of our materials and recommend the right ladder for your home.  

Still unsure? Contact us for a no-obligation quote by phone on 07712 327889 or using our contact form.

Staying busy through customer recommendations for loft boarding and ladders in Warwickshire

As an independent family-run trader, we stay busy boarding lofts and fitting ladders through customer recommendations and word of mouth.

We are always grateful when our wonderful customers take time to leave us a review on our website or Facebook page.

This is the latest from our reviews page:

Stu and his team supplied and fitted my loft ladder today and boarded over the loft space.


I am so pleased with the result and the price was very reasonable.
As soon as they entered my property, they were extremely professional and laid dust sheets everywhere and made sure I was confident in using the ladders safely before they left. They even took my boxes up for me and it is amazing how much extra space still available!


I would recommend Stu’s Loft Ladders to anyone considering loft boarding and a new pull-down loft ladder. Thank you!

It is important to us to provide a professional service and that means treating our customers’ homes as if they were our own. We always use dust sheets and tidy up before we leave. If customers ask nicely then we even sometimes take boxes up to the loft for them.

If you are looking to have a fixed loft adder fitted or to have your loft boarded by a local firm you can trust, then take a look on our reviews page or over on our Facebook page for genuine recent reviews from happy customers. 

Telescopic loft ladders mean easy loft access whatever the space in Warwickshire

There is a loft ladder for nearly every home and a telescopic ladder is perfect if space is tight. The clever telescopic design means that it will fit even where the hatch size is small or where there is minimal space for stowing the ladder in the loft itself.

Some customers have concerns that a telescopic ladder may not be as sturdy as the alternatives. Stu’s Loft Ladders only buys from trusted trade suppliers and our loft ladders are of the highest quality. With an automatic locking system, extra-wide treads and rubber feet, the ladders are safe and easy-to-use. To position the ladder, you simply use the pole provided to open the hatch door and pull on the strap to glide it into place.

Telescopic ladders are often the perfect option for customers in period properties where the angles in the loft do not allow for a folding ladder. In some of the older cottages in Warwickshire and Worcestershire where we work, a telescopic ladder is the only option as there is not sufficient space for a larger loft opening in the chosen location.

The photo below shows a telescopic ladder that we fitted this January for a customer in Welford on Avon, just outside of Stratford in Warwickshire.

The customer includes more photos in their review on our Facebook page.

To find out more, email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

House figures boost confidence in loft improvements in the West Midlands

It’s a great time to invest in your home through loft boarding or fixed ladder fitting

Our homes are our castles, or so the saying goes, and during the past two years our homes have felt like fortresses at times.  Over 2021, the housing market reflected the renewed status of our homes by defying predictions and remaining buoyant.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, the average house price in the UK increased by 10% in the 12 months leading up to November 2021.

With properties in high demand, people are feeling confident about making improvements that they can enjoy and which will also add value to their homes.

Our own experience backs up this picture of confidence amongst customers investing in their home. Since lockdowns ended, we are as busy, if not busier, than in pre-pandemic times.

Creating storage in the loft is a relatively low-cost option. For an average cost of £35 per square metre, you can organise your home by decluttering the areas you use most or clearing space to create new zones for work or leisure. Add in a fixed ladder, and the storage becomes conveniently and safely accessed.

Whilst we are yet to see what the trend for property prices will be during 2022, investing in the home you love still looks like a sensible option. We might not face more lockdowns, but the way we use our homes has changed with many people looking a balance between home and office working. The widespread use of virtual platforms now means that we can participate in many activities without leaving our own living room.

To find out more take a look at our services page.

Top tips for protecting pipes in the loft for our customers in Warwickshire and Worcestershire

As the weather turns colder, you may be concerned about pipes freezing in your loft.

As people who spend a lot of time in lofts, boarding them and fitting ladders, we have picked up a few tips over the years for protecting your home from burst pipes up there.

  • Get up to the loft and check the pipes. Look for any drips at the joins to spot a burst or leak before the water does any damage.
  • Make sure that any pipes in the loft are lagged. Circular pipe lagging is easy to fit – the foam sleeves can be bought at the right diameter and simply slipped over pipes. Many even feature an adhesive strip so that they self-seal once in position. Your local DIY store or plumbing merchant will be able to advise.
  • You will also need to insulate the top and sides of any water tanks. However, think twice about insulating the bottom of a tank, as you don’t want to prevent the warming action of hot air from the heated rooms below.
  • Finally, when the temperature really drops outside, opening your loft hatch can help heat to circulate around any pipes located above.

Stu’s Loft Ladders are experienced in fitting loft ladders and boarding lofts. We have an excellent local reputation and work in a radius of approximately 20 miles from our base near Studley in Warwickshire. Email us now at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk or take a look at our Facebook page for examples of work and customer recommendations.

Why put up with a loft opening in the wrong place? We move loft hatches for homeowners in Worcestershire and Warwickshire

There are enough annoying things to put up with in life, so why add one more to the list? If going up to the loft is a hassle due to the loft opening being in an inconvenient place, it is a problem that can be easily sorted by moving the loft hatch all together.

What can seem like a big job as a DIY project is actually something that Stu’s Loft Ladders undertakes regularly for customers when installing a loft ladder or boarding a loft.

Moving a loft hatch can be a relatively simple job and, when our team does it, there is no mess. In fact, before leaving we will paint around a loft opening, so that in many cases, you cannot tell that it was not there all along.

Maybe the options for relocating your loft hatch are limited and it needs to stay where it is. We can extend the opening to make it easier to use, or change its orientation so that the ladders descends in a more convenient spot.

Every home is different and we are more than happy to visit to advise on relocating a loft hatch or enlarging it. Give us a call on 07712 327889 or email stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk