Our flaking roof
Planning & Building Control
Assembling the scaffold
Building the hip roof frame
Stripping the old roof
Leading the chimneys
Fitting the bonnet tiles
Cementing bonnet tiles
Re-pointing the chimneys
Removing the scaffolding
Upgrading the loft
Installing a loft floor with 300mm of roof insulation
- A challenge! -
One of the big challenges that came along in consequence of the re-roofing project was that I needed to upgrade the ceiling insulation! As more than 50% of the roof was being replaced, local building control stipulated that I needed to upgrade the roof insulation to current standards - to quote:
This means upgrading to 300mm of insulation. This may sound simple but it isn't if you already have a loft floor installed like I had.
My floor covered the whole of the loft compressing existing insulation to only 100mm in thickness. This means that the insulation was not working in an optimal manner.
So the million Dollar question to be asked was:
"How can I have a loft floor AND still meet building regulations requirements?"
And so was the two garages of stuff taken down from the attic - what a mess!
All the cables are mains, Ethernet, loudspeaker and satellite cables. Mixed in with old terrestrial UHF coaxial cable.
Loftzone looks to be a unique way of raising a loft floor by a sufficient amount to install 300mm of insulation without compressing it AND have the benefit of a usable loft floor.
Even better, the system will even work in an old house where the ceiling joists are irregularly spaced.
Once I had cleared a corner, work could begin by stripping out the old flooring.
The boards could NOT be reused as the board lengths had been cut down to fit the old irregular joist spacings.
All these had to be taken down the ladder and taken to the tip as couldn't even give them away on FreeCycle.
This makes fitting the floor panels a lot easier than having to cut them to fit joists.
The legs are screwed to the joists 4 x 40mm screws and the steel cross members screwed to the legs.
Some the steel cross members needed to be shortened because my irregular joist spacings but this was quite easy using an angle grinder.
This is the easy bit!
I found I needed to drill pilot holes through the steel cross beams hence the use of two drills.
While I was doing this the loft was really hot as the outside temperatures hit 25 degrees Celsius.
It also makes a nice finishing touch to the loft space!
Job finished AND the building control were happy!
The quattro Multiswitch allows multiple digiboxes around the house to switch channels independently.