Upgrading your attic into a usable space is every homeowner’s dream. However, to ensure that you are making the most of the additional room, proper attic flooring is necessary to create a safe and valuable surface for storage or living purposes. Incorrectly installing or completely ignoring the need for attic flooring can potentially lead to exponential repair costs later down the line. That’s why we’ve put together some of the best reasons you should prioritise flooring for your attic conversion.
Benefits of Proper Attic Flooring
- Increased Safety
The main reason you should install proper attic flooring is that it improves the safety of the space. As with all construction projects, the attic must meet the Attic Building Codes & Standards. It should be strong enough to handle people’s weight and any extra furniture or storage items. During the initial consultation, we’ll bring in qualified structural engineers to determine how the floor needs to be reinforced as part of the conversion process.
- Improved Home Insulation
The proper attic flooring will assist with your home’s insulation. Providing an extra barrier between the roof and the rest of the home prevents heat loss and gain during winter and summer. Adding an even, flat surface can also help distribute the weight of items, preventing damage to the already installed insulation and giving more space for extra insulation on top. These improvements will also positively impact your home’s energy rating, reducing bills in the long term.
- Increased Home Value
Installing flooring in the attic will maximise your home’s potential and increase its overall value. This is especially true if you plan to convert the attic into a storage room or living room. From an improved aesthetic appeal to increased usable space, potential buyers could see this investment as a key selling point when considering your home.
Types of Attic Flooring
The type of attic flooring that you choose for your home will depend on what you intend to use the space for. A wide range of flooring options are available, each more suited to specific rooms than others. These include:
- Particleboard: This lightweight material is both cost-effective and reliable. However, it is also generally considered less durable than other flooring options. As such, it is best used for a space that won’t receive consistent foot traffic, such as an attic storage solution.
- Hardwood: Hardwood flooring is durable and sealed, making it the perfect option for an attic conversion into a living space such as your office or bedroom. Furthermore, various options can provide different aesthetic appeals, such as pine, oak, mahogany and more.
- Laminate: Laminate flooring is made of plastic designed to look like wood. However, unlike wood, it is scratch and wear-resistant without extra coating. This is the ideal attic flooring for high-traffic spaces such as a kid’s play area or workshop.
Professional Attic Flooring Installation
If you plan on upgrading your attic flooring, we recommend enlisting the services of a professional builder. At The Attic Group, we have over 45 years of experience helping people transform their attics into valuable spaces. Our qualified teams will ensure that your attics receive the flooring that best suits your needs. Get started today with a free no-obligation consultation and quote.