Can I Fit Loft Boarding Directly on to My Ceiling Joists?

Can I Fit Loft Boarding Directly on to My Ceiling Joists?

10:43 16 March in

No, especially with older properties that have weaker ceilings, it’s just not worth the risk of cutting corners to save a few quid on materials when it can be done properly.


Doing it properly includes strengthening, installing supports, levelling, making safe, and future-proofing so as not to cause damage to your ceilings. Especially with all the weight stored up there in the years to come, and for a little more money why risk a cheap alternative? Seriously, many people have regretted it.


Ceilings are not meant to hold any more weight than for holding up your ceiling, so consideration of the correct type of sub-frame and support is crucial.


Not all lofts are the same hence the reason we carry out free surveys so we can inspect and advise on how your loft can be utilised for storage and what the best sub-frame flooring system will be to give strength and excellent energy efficiency.


One of the first things to consider apart from the ceiling joist strength is how high your ceiling is. We need to measure from the floor to ceiling height as some ladders may not reach We then have to measure your existing loft opening making sure it is of a comfortable accessible size to allow you, your ladder, and whatever you carry up into the loft.


In some cases, especially on older properties with old lift off wood hatches, a new energy-efficient hatch will need to be installed so you can safely access your loft with a loft ladder so you can use it for storage.


Head height in the loft is important, we will need to measure the head height from the loft opening to the roof. It’s no good if you bang your head or have to lay down to get into your loft.


After checking on these crucial details we must allow clearance for the fold away ladder, so not all ladders will work for every loft.


For older properties built before 1960 with a purling style roof, your ceiling joists will need strengthening by fitting an extra self-supporting sub-frame on top of your supporting walls and hung from the roof purlins to allow the weight to be taken independently and away from the existing ceiling joists, after all your house was built with joists to support a ceiling not to be walked on or stored on so this is very important.