Loft boarding transforms storage in Stratford-upon-Avon home

From wasted space to room for storage, a recent loft boarding job in Stratford-upon-Avon has transformed the attic space for one Warwickshire homeowner.

Before loft boarding and loft ladder fitting

The photo below shows the original state of the loft, which like most that we board, is made unusable by rolls of insulation between joists and nowhere to walk, let alone store boxes.

After loft boarding and fitting an aluminium loft ladder

We boarded a central section of the loft space and fitted a sturdy, but lightweight, aluminium loft ladder.

Boarding a central section of the loft is a popular option as it uses the budget efficiently by only flooring the most useable space.

The customer was delighted and couldn’t wait to start using all the new storage space.

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

As house prices in Stratford-upon-Avon rise, invest in yours with loft boarding and a fixed ladder

Despite the cost of living increasing, the cost of properties continues to surge in 2022, according to the latest figures from mortgage advisers and estate agents.

This means, that for those who can afford to do so, there is every reason to invest in their home. When looking at the best value for money, loft boarding is, in our opinion, right up there (pardon the pun). The reason being, that it enables homeowners to make the most of the space they have without the large-scale costs or upheaval of a building project.

It makes sense. By creating a new area for storage through loft boarding and proper access, via a safe and sturdy fixed ladder, it becomes possible to clear other areas in the home of items that you do not need every day. Suddenly, you can clear items into boxes, which when clearly labelled, can be easily retrieved and brought back down as needed.

Many customers find that they use their lofts to keep sentimental items that they do not want on display but cannot bear to part with. Knowing that they are safely stored in the loft enables them to free up previously cluttered space in the home.

The Stu’s Loft Ladder team is always busy in Warwickshire and Worcestershire but we can usually fit in customers in a time frame to suit and always on a day that is convenient.

Contact us to find out more at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

New build loft boarding in Warwick

Warwick District needs to build over 900 new build homes a year to keep up with local housing needs. With more owners taking possession of new build homes, our team is kept busy improving loft access, as these properties do not come with lofts boarded as standard.

In fact, the default loft opening in a new build is often not large enough to be convenient when taking items up to be stored. Enlarging a loft opening is a job that we are happy to undertake, most often as part of a package involving fitting a fixed loft ladder and boarding.

Which leads us to the most frequently asked question to our team – can you board the lofts in new build properties?

The answer is yes – definitely, but call in the professionals to ensure you are protecting the insulation in your loft and, in turn, your NHBC warranty. An experienced loft company, such as Stu’s Loft Ladders, will first recommend raising the level of the loft floor to accommodate the insulation and protect the timbers. What’s even better, the boards we use will add further insulation, making your house more energy efficient.

Jubilee provides time to reflect on busy year boarding lofts in Warwickshire

We don’t often take a four day weekend at this time of year. We are usually too busy working away in customers’ lofts to create storage or fitting ladders so that they can access their loft space.

So, the jubilee celebrations have given us time to pause and reflect on what has been a particularly busy period. Despite the squeeze from inflation, people in the Warwickshire and Worcestershire area have continued to invest in their homes. The memory of lockdown looms large and customers in Stratford, Warwick, Alcester and Redditch are still wanting to make the most of the space they have by creating storage space in the loft.

This means that the team at Stu’s Loft Ladders has been busier than ever boarding and fitting fixed ladders. Aluminium remains our most popular option for loft ladders and for good reason; it is the most cost-effective ladder and offers strength combined with ease of use, thanks to its low weight.

Our team is taking a well-deserved break over the jubilee weekend.

Thank you to all our customers – we wish you a happy jubilee bumper bank holiday, whatever you are doing.

Keeping busy boarding lofts and fitting loft ladders in and around Alcester

It’s spring and we’ve been busy. Maybe it’s the good weather or maybe just the time of year, but we have been particularly busy this April, boarding lofts and fitting loft ladders in Alcester and the surrounding Warwickshire towns and villages.

The photos below are from a job which shows what we do best: creating functional, easy loft access with no mess to clean up afterwards. For this customer, we fitted an aluminium loft ladder and enlarged the loft opening. The new larger hatch is ready insulated and closely fitting, so no more losing precious heat up to the loft cavity. It leaves a neat finish that blends in and looks as if it were always there. 

Our next job was a loft ladder installation and part-board for a customer in a new-build property in Alcester. Their preference was for a wooden ladder, which, as the photo shows, stows neatly away in the loft space. Part boarding is a popular option as it creates storage space without committing to boarding right up to the eaves, making it more economical.

Wooden loft ladder and part boarding in Alcester

In this third job, our experienced team moved the loft access from the bedroom to the landing. Not only was this a more convenient location, but we were able to ensure that the loft opening was larger than before, making it so much more useable. No more moving beds out of the way and then squeezing through a small loft opening for this customer.

All in all, three happy customers, even more so as all our work is guaranteed

Call us now on 07712 327889 for a no-obligation quote on loft boarding or fitting a fixed ladder. Or email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

We also move loft hatches and can advise on the best option for your home.

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

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.

For Warwickshire homeowners we talk protecting your boarded loft from dust

Once your loft is boarded, you may want to maintain it as a clean environment so that your belongings remain in top condition.

If this is the case, there are several options:

  • The most effective method is to install a breathable lining. This will stop the grit and dust that can fall from roof spaces and prevent it from spoiling items in storage. The important word is “breathable.” Lofts are unheated and there is generally quite a lot of moisture that needs to escape to prevent mould and mildew build-up.
  • The next level up would be to line the roof completely with plywood. This gives a neat, attractive finish, but for most is not a viable option due to the amount expense involved.
  • Ensure everything is under cover. It won’t stop the dust entering your loft space, but it will ensure that it doesn’t damage your belongings. Store smaller items in boxes with lids and cover larger items with dust sheets.
  • Take your vacuum cleaner up there! This is probably the least practical option – although we do have customers who hoover their lofts from time to time to keep on top of dust. It depends how important maintaining a clear loft space is to you. Our main piece of advice, other than being extremely careful in carrying up a bulky vacuum cleaner, is to wear a mask. As people who regularly work in loft spaces, we can testify to the importance of mask wearing when spending a longer than usual time in an area containing fibrous insulation.

If you would like some advice on improving your loft, then get in touch with our team.

Customers in Evesham choose loft boarding to free up space for Christmas guests

At this time of year, with a few improvements, our lofts can become an extremely useful area of our homes.

Even during this week, in the final run-up to Christmas Eve on Friday, the team at Stu’s Loft Ladders is busy helping customers to make improvements to their home that will change the way they use it.

Loft boarding and a fixed ladder can change the way you use your home

Some of our pre-Christmas customers are expecting guests for the festivities. Having their loft boarded and a fixed ladder fitted provides a last-minute solution to locating belongings that are not needed every day, to stream-line their home. 

For some, needing to clear space in spare rooms and offices to accommodate guest beds, means that easy storage in the loft is a way to quickly make room by moving items for the duration of their guests’ stay. By making it a doddle to get up and down to the loft, the usual order of things can be swiftly restored when guests leave.

Whilst we are not taking bookings now before Christmas (even our hardworking team needs a break), we are booking for January.

So, if having guests to stay once again has made you reassess how you use your home for storage, then get in contact and we will be happy to provide a no-obligation consultation about loft boarding, fitting a fixed ladder or even moving your loft access completely.