Many decide to extend their home when they need some extra space in their property with loft conversions being one of the most popular options. It’s a great way to eliminate the hassle of moving house while building an area which is the ideal design for its intended purpose. This could be a home office, extra bedroom or den, for example. When designing your new loft conversion, one of the most important aspects to consider if your roof.
For those who want a little more information about what this involves, here’s our guide to loft conversion roofs.
Why Is a New Roof Required?
While the loft area in a house is sometimes large enough for the storage of a few light items, it’s not usually suitable for immediate living. There may not be enough head height or floor space, and the chances are, there won’t be the right flooring, ventilation, lighting, electricity, insulation or even plumbing to suit your needs. Not only that, but you probably don’t have safe access, fire safety features or planning permission to use your loft as an extra room. Therefore, a professional loft conversion is the ideal solution. This involves an architect making plans and working with you to decide how your roof must be altered to produce the right amount of space in your new room. The process requires careful planning, taking into account the roof’s existing structure.
Types of Loft Conversion
There are several types of loft conversion available, including dormer, hip to gable and mansard. A dormer conversion is the most popular design, adding a small vertical flat roof and providing additional headroom and floor space without the need for planning permission in most cases. Hip to gable conversions are required when all the roof sides slope inwards towards the top. Alternatively, a mansard loft is achieved by raising the shared walls (party walls) between properties, creating a large space once completed.
Choosing Roofing Materials
When changing your existing roof, you’ll need to think about the types of roofing material you would like, and this is something a professional roofer can help with. There’s a variety of options to choose from, including fibreglass, lead, liquid and slate roofing. Your final selection will be based on how you want your new roof to look, as well as the features and benefits of each material, including their longevity, strength, insulation, weather resistance and cost. Most options come in a range of styles and colours, helping you to find a roofing product which complements the rest of your property.
Need a roofer for your loft conversion?
Here at South Thames Roofing, we provide reliable, quality services, including specialist loft conversion roofing across Surrey and South London areas. So, whether looking for advice on roofing materials in Beddington or searching for the right loft conversion roofer in Shepperton, we offer free, no obligation consultations and quotations which will be tailored to your individual needs. Get in touch now on 0208 397 2900 to speak to our team.