Converting the loft in your home into an extra bedroom or an office can provide the space that a growing family needs. It can also add value to a house and make it more desirable to potential buyers. However, a loft needs to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer to be useful and this information can make it comfortable and energy efficient.
Vent the Roof
The sun beating down on the roof can cause it to overheat if it isn’t ventilated well. As a result, the loft will be too hot and stuffy if it’s being used as a bedroom or office. Before getting too far into the conversion project, check the ventilation and improve it to allow heat to escape and air to circulate so the loft is comfortable.
Venting the loft will also prevent it from becoming damp or worsening an existing condensation problem. Dampness can cause mould or rot wood so preventing it can prevent expensive problems. Improper ventilation can also cause ice buildup on the roof in the winter, which can lead to damage from the weight of the ice, so proper ventilation is necessary for successful loft conversions in Lewes.
If the loft isn’t well insulated, then it will be too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer for occupancy. Also, any attempts to heat or cool the space will be for naught as the air can escape through the walls and roof. Insulating the space will make it liveable and more energy efficient because heated and cooled air won’t be able to escape.
Along with providing needed space, a loft conversion can increase the value of your house by up to 20%. While it can be costly to convert a loft, having the extra space is worth the expense.