It is relatively cheap, and not too difficult, to lay a proper floor
in a loft. You can get `loft grade' chipboard flooring for a few
pounds per square yard from most sheds. If you are lucky, your joists
will be of such a spacing that the flooring will fit without cutting.
However, even if you have a solid floor, don't assume that you can
necessarily use a loft as a `proper' room (for people and heavy
furniture). The joists in a loft are often designed to support only
the weight of the ceiling below, not a room above. To make habitable
rooms in a loft may well require strengthening the timbers.
Before deciding to lay a floor in the loft, check how any electrical
wiring has been installed. If cables have been run along the top of
the joists, then you'll have to re-route them before putting the floor
I have used packs of loft flooring chipboard - the edges were machined so
that they slotted together. I wouldn't know whether Focus or B & Q are
cheaper, or whether Wickes do a better deal. Once you have wasted time and
money driving round or trying to phone them any saving will probably be
cancelled out. If you know someone who is over 60 they can apply for a
Diamond Card which gives 10% off at B & Q every Wednesday.
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