Live in Stratford-upon-Avon and don’t have a loft ladder? Why you should be checking everything is ok up there!

At Stu’s Loft Ladders, we think that every home would benefit from using the loft space for storage, however we are aware that not everyone does. Indeed, you may be a homeowner who never goes up into the loft. If that is the case, you should still be checking at regular intervals that everything is OK up there.

One of the main problems to check for in lofts is woodworm. Often, we have pointed this out to homeowners when carrying out loft boarding or fitting loft ladders to customers who were totally unaware.  The peak months for woodworm activity are between May and October when the weather is warmer. Tell-tale signs include tiny holes in the surface of the timbers and fine dust, called frass, around any holes. Left untreated, woodworm can lead to weakened timbers and cause structural problems.

Other unwanted loft visitors

Other visitors that can cause damage are rodents. Mice can go undetected in a loft space and can cause damage to electrical cables as they seem to have a taste for gnawing on the the plastic casings. Look for small, black droppings and shredded materials. Mice also leave a strong ammonia-like smell, which is a reliable indicator of their presence.

It’s not just mice that like to make a home in lofts. Squirrels and birds are also commonly found in loft spaces, so always check out any strange noises that seem to come from there. 

If you have a large number of wasps in your garden, there is likely to be a nest nearby. Wasps’ nests can often grow quite large (to the size of a football) before they are detected. If you discover a nest, never try to tackle it yourself – it is definitely a job for the professionals.

Checking for roof damage and damp

It can be hard to get a view from outside to see the health of all parts of your roof. Good practice is to check inside the loft from time to time to see that all is well. Turn the lights off and check for any daylight coming in to indicate any gaps. Also check for any changes in timbers that might indicated moisture.

Fit a fixed ladder

A fixed ladder makes going up to the loft safe and hassle free. Stu’s Loft Ladders offers a range of ladder to suit a variety of homes and budgets. See our services page for more details http://www.stusloftladders.co.uk/services/

Loft Boarding Installation

Demand for loft ladder fitting in Redditch led to creation of Stu’s Loft Ladders

And it’s kept us in business for over a decade

It is over a decade since Stuart Dyson formed Stu’s Loft Ladders from his base in Studley, near Redditch.

Stuart was a carpenter working for house builders on new-builds when he saw a demand for value-for-money loft ladder installation.

Since that time, the business has expanded to fit loft boarding, but Stuart still runs the business with a small team covering Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Stuart’s carpentry skills are central to the service the firm provides and enable them to offer customers made-to-measure extras such as loft shelving and safety rails.

Customer recommendation has ensured that the firm has remained busy boarding lofts and fitting loft ladders, even through the pandemic, as soon as restrictions were lifted.

To see what our customers think, check out our reviews or take a look at our Facebook page.

How to choose a company to fit a loft ladder and board your loft in Stratford-upon-Avon

Maybe you are seeing adverts or posts appear in your social media feeds to fit loft ladders and board lofts in Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding area. How do you select a firm and make sure it’s the right choice?

We always say it, but check out recent reviews and ask around. Local forums such as those on social media are a good place to start. The Stratford on Avon Forum will usually yield a good response from homeowners who can recommend a firm they have used.

Check that the team that is quoting for your business is the team that will actually carry out the work. Find out how experienced they are. If you are having someone cut into your ceiling joists to enlarge or move a loft opening, then you want to make sure that they have done the job successfully for happy customers.

We are biased as an independent trader, but we really think it is the best option. Being independent means that we are not trying to sell you a fixed package. We will simply visit to see what you want to achieve, and what budget you have, and make recommendations accordingly.

If you want to find out what Stu’s Loft Ladders can offer, get in touch by calling 07712 327 889 or emailing stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

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.

Why choose a local Studley firm for loft ladders and loft boarding?

Search for ‘loft ladder fitting Studley’ online and you will see quite a few names come up, ours included.

Why go for Stu’s Loft ladders, a local independent firm, when choosing a contractor to supply and fit a loft ladder? 

  • We rely on our local reputation. It is as important to us that our customers are 100% happy with the finished job as it is for them. We have been in business for over a decade and rely on our reputation in Warwickshire.  Every job, large or small, counts.
  • We offer a friendly approach. Dealing with a family firm, means short lines of communication. We will let you know when we will do the job and you can message our team directly about any changes to times or requirements.
  • Flexibility. We are busy, but as Stuart is the business owner and fitter, we can flex to find a time that suits you.

We’d love you to put us to the test. Email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk or give us a call on 07712 327 889 to arrange a quotation. You can also view photos of our recent jobs on our Facebook page.

Choosing a loft ladder in Redditch

We have been fitting quite a few loft ladders in Redditch and the surrounding area lately. Customers always ask for our opinion on which is the best loft ladder. The reason that we like to visit a property before quoting is because the right ladder for the job will depend on multiple factors which in turn will impact on the price.

Aluminium, wooden or telescopic loft ladders

We have three ladder options, all of which are of the highest trade quality from our trusted supplier. We can fit wooden, telescopic and aluminium ladders depending on your budget, space and strength requirements. 

Other factors to take into consideration are the position and size of your loft hatch, the space around the hatch, and your personal preference. However, we can move the position of the loft hatch if you prefer.

As general guide, telescopic and wooden ladders are sturdier and stronger whilst still being easy to use. An aluminium loft ladder is our most popular option, which may be down to the fact that it is the most affordable whilst also being strong and light.

So, if you would like to find out which loft ladder is best for your needs, then email us at stuart@stusloftladders.co.uk

Forget DIY for loft boarding and loft ladders – we are taking bookings in Redditch and areas near you

The year is racing or is that just our impression? Spring is the perfect time to get on with all those jobs you’ve been meaning to get around to before summer starts. If creating proper loft storage with a fixed ladder or loft boarding is on your list, then why not free up your time to get on with other things by calling in the professionals?

Loft boarding is a tricky job – we should know, we’ve been working on our trade for over a decade. Our skilled team includes trained and experienced carpenters. As every loft is different and has its own quirks and features to work around, then our carpentry skills are essential to what we do.

What’s more, we can source the best materials from trade suppliers, meaning that when you cost up the job as a DIY project, you may be surprised that there is not such a huge difference in doing it yourself and getting us in, in terms of cost. Not when you take into account the amount of time it will take you, and the potential hidden cost of hiring the right tools.

We give a benchmark figure of £35 per square metre for loft boarding. The cost of the fixed ladder you choose varies according to your preference. Aluminium is the most cost-effective option; it is also incredibly light and strong, meaning that it is our most popular loft ladder.

So, with April nearly over, give us a call and we can provide a no-obligation quote so that you are ready to get on with other jobs or to start relaxing in the sunshine.

Call us on 07712 327 889.

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.

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.

Looking for a cost-effective option for a loft ladder and boarding in Worcester?

Let’s face it, at this time of year there are plenty of demands on our money. In fact, many of our customers want a loft ladder and boarding to prepare their homes for Christmas, but are on a tight budget.

We are always happy to advise on how to help cut the cost of loft boarding and fitting a fixed ladder without compromising on quality.

Aluminium ladders offer the best value. What’s more, they are strong whilst being lightweight, so they are easy to unfold and put away. We use a trusted trade supplier, so whilst this option is cost-effective, we can also testify to its quality. In fact, aluminium is the most popular ladder choice – we must have fitted hundreds over the years, all for extremely satisfied customers.

A further consideration is what area of the loft do you need boarded. Many customers like to board right up to the eaves and for us to fit the loft boarding around any supports. However, it is equally popular to simply board a central section. This can provide more than ample storage space, as well as room to move around to access boxes and other items.

So if you would like to create extra storage in your home, whilst keeping the costs down, make it simple with an aluminium ladder and boarding of a central section.

Contact us now online or call us on 07712 327889.