Loft insulation is critical. Many homes don’t have enough loft insulation, and this is where 30% of the heat in your home is lost. There are different types of loft insulation, depending on the loft space. Blanket loft insulation is the cheapest type, but it isn’t as effective as sheet insulation. Loose-fill insulation can be useful if a top-up is needed.
Ideally, loft insulation should be added during a loft conversion because when it is added retrospectively, walls and ceilings will have to be removed to push more insulation in. Check with the contractor to see how much loft insulation was added at the time of the loft conversion.
Underfloor heating is very effective and a great way to ensure your feet feel nice and toasty while you are in the loft. Because heat rises, underfloor heating means the heat generated is better distributed, whereas heat from one source, like a space heater, tends to stay only on one side of the room.
Wet underfloor heating must be installed at the time of the loft conversion, as doing it retrospectively is very disruptive. Electric underfloor heating is an alternative solution that some people dismiss as being overly expensive, but it is affordable in a smaller room and easy to install without any additional building work.
Radiators are a standard way to heat a room, and they are effective in a loft room. However, before you add new radiators to your central heating system, check that the boiler is powerful enough to cope. If it isn’t, the new radiators won’t get hot enough and it won’t be able to supply enough hot water for the house’s needs. So, you can look forward to cold showers in your new en-suite in the loft.
If you don’t like the look of traditional radiators, look at designer radiators. There are some great designs out there, including vertical and slimline options.
Double- or triple-glazed windows are the most energy efficient. Velux windows are a popular choice for pitched roof loft conversions. Modern window thermal technology makes Velux windows more energy efficient. They offer better insulation against the cold while allowing plenty of light into the room.
Soft Furnishings and Décor
Soft furnishings can make a room feel warmer. Thick pile carpet is warm underfoot and warm colours on the walls are cosier than cool blues and laminate flooring. Invest in plush rugs and warm blankets for colder nights, and if you use the space as a bedroom, upgrade to a warmer duvet and electric blanket.
Talk to us about all your loft conversion needs if your loft space is underutilised. We will be happy to offer some useful advice.