Fire Safety for Loft Conversions  | Amazing Loft Conversions

Fire Safety for Loft Conversions 

Creating the Perfect Teenage Hangout
Creating the Perfect Teenage Hangout
28/06/2021
How Many Rooms Can I Get From a Loft Conversion
How Many Rooms Can I Get From a Loft Conversion?
12/07/2021
Show all
Fire Safety for Loft Conversions

There’s a lot to think about when you plan a loft conversion. Along with planning permission, designing the exterior and interior, one of the most important things is fire safety.

Most fires that occur could have been prevented with fire alarms and proper fire safety. Although it’s not something we want to think about, fire safety could literally save lives. The same rules apply to the rest of your house, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do the same to your loft conversion.

Here’s a short guide on how you can take fire precautions and follow the legal regulations when constructing your conversion.

Fire Alarms

The best chance of escaping a fire is by having a fire system in place. Fire alarms are compulsory in homes, and it’s wise to have an alarm in each room of the house. Mains-powered smoke alarms are usually found in hallways and landings. The alarms need to all be linked together, so that even if only one alarm is triggered, all the alarms go off in the house, to alert people in different rooms, such as the loft.

Even though the alarms must run on mains, you should also have batteries available in case there’s a power cut in your property.

Escape Route

While you can technically escape through a window, this isn’t recommended. Accommodating an escape route from the loft to the entire stairwell is very important. This means the staircase should include plaster boarding and plastering below, allowing for a 30 minute protection time. The ceilings and floors can also be plastered.

A sprinkler or mister system can be used if you don’t want to enclose the open stairwell. If a window really is the only option you have, then make sure the window opens to at least 450mm, and the glass is fire-resistant.

Fire Containment

Depending on the structure of your home, party walls, which are situated between you and your neighbour, must be made fire-resistant in the loft. Extensions, such as dormers, need to be fire-resistant, including the neigbours side, to prevent the fire from spreading across multiple properties. Containing the fire in one place will reduce the risk of it spreading and damaging further.

Fire Doors

Another important change to make when converting your loft, is to change the existing door into a fire door, to protect the hallway. The main reason for installing fire doors is to create a corridor between the loft and the external door, providing a safe escape route for anyone in the loft.

A fire-resistant door should have a rating of 20-30 minutes protection time minimum, giving the person time to escape if they are in that circumstance. If you don’t want to change your door, for instance, if it’s old or vintage, then you can actually use intumescent materials to paint the doors, essentially using fire-resistant materials.

Follow the Rules

It’s important to remember, that although these rules feel overwhelming to add your already long to-do list, they are only there for your own safety. Alongside helping you get planning permission, following the regulations properly will protect you and your family in the worst case scenario.

Amazing Loft Conversions
Amazing Loft Conversions
We help people live their dreams by converting their dream space into reality, we will convert all types of loft spaces into amazing dream spaces. For every loft space we have a creative design and for every loft challenge we have a creative solution. South Yorkshires premium loft conversion specialists delivering highest standard workmanship, and values, will help you convert your empty unused loft space in your dream space, big or small, large or tiny we will convert to suite your needs. We work with wealthy homeowners all around South Yorkshire and help them convert unused loft space into amazing dream space. If you want a basic loft, loft with a dormer and ensuite or install a Velux cabrio balcony, we have a solution for you. It's about the little things. It's about our customers being at harmony with their home from the moment they walk through the door. It's about the feeling they get when sitting with their morning coffee looking out from their newly built home extension. And it's also about waking up, opening the loft room balcony doors and enjoying the morning sun. You see, at Amazing Spaces, we consider the emotions involved when renovating homes. We think about how our customers will feel not just what they will see. Gone are the days where a loft conversion was typically for a child's bedroom or office. New technology allows us to turn unused space into a dream location with a walkout balcony and extended roof. Wake up or work in harmony with a room that inspires. With over 20 years of my personal experience converting spaces all around the world I have set up and build loft conversion business. I am passionate about converting loft space into something beautiful and wonderful in all areas. Within my journey I have built a team of strong and hard-working man who help us deliver the service and bring the values to all our clients and meet all their needs. Most of team members have over 15 years of experience in all types of works. All our combined experience is over 100 years. Having multiskilled people working along side is the key for our success in loft conversions. Working on lofts in past few years I have developed best ways to make sure your journey with us is easy and joyful. With many types of lofts and challenges we have all the right and best solutions for all your needs. We say that words don’t speak but your action will speak about you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Start a Project Call 0114 3999 817