Can Your Roof Handle a Loft Conversion?
When you are considering whether or not to convert your loft into more living space, the roof is one of the most important factors to consider. Not all roofs are high enough to handle a loft conversion, so it is important to know what type of roof you have and how it is constructed. Unfortunately, problems with the roof height and shape are some of the most common issues that stop you from getting the luxury loft you want.
Roof Problems that Block Loft Conversions
There are a few roof problems that can block loft conversions. The first is if the roof is too low. If there is not enough headroom, it is not possible to convert the loft without additional renovation. Another issue is if the roof has a steep slope. This can be dangerous and makes it difficult to add insulation and proper ventilation. Current building regulations require 2.2 metres of space between the loft floor and the rafters. Also, it would be very difficult to stand up or move around in your new room without sufficient height. No one wants a loft where you bang your head against the ceiling all the time.
Consider Dormer Windows to Increase Headroom
If you are considering a loft conversion for more living space, adding dormer windows can increase the headroom considerably. Dormers come in a variety of sizes and project from the roof of a house. They are a great way to add light and ventilation to a loft and can be used to create space for storage or even a small bedroom.
Dormers can be added during the initial construction of a loft conversion or added later as a separate project. If you are adding them later, it is important to make sure that the roof structure is strong enough to support the additional weight. Dormers can be either open or closed. Closed dormers are ususally finished with shingles or siding to match the rest of the house, while open dormers have a railing around them to keep people from falling out. In most cases, they simply have windows to let in natural light, air and provide height under the sloped part of the roof.
See below for building regulations regarding dormer conversions:
Hip to Gable Roof Loft Conversion Possibilities
A hip to gable roof loft conversion may be the perfect option to make the space high enough for comfortable living. This type of conversion works well on many different types of properties with existing hipped roofs. They can improve its appearance and value. There are several things to consider when planning a hip to gable roof loft conversion, including the style of your home, the pitch of your roof, and the type of materials you want to use.
A hip to gable roof is essentially a combination of two different roof styles - the hip roof and the gable roof. A hip roof is triangular in shape, while a gable roof is rectangular. When these two styles are combined, they create a triangular-shaped peak in the middle of the roof. This greatly increases the upright space in your loft to make it easier to live there without bending over or bumping your head.
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