Keeping Your Loft Room DryPosted: November 22, 2012
Millions of homes across the UK have had a loft conversion, providing them with handy extra space. It can come as a real revelation to see the transformative effect a loft conversion can have on a home, and you don’t realise until the work’s been completed just how much potential the attic space of a house can actually have. Whether you’re looking to use it as an additional living space, a bedroom or a study, a loft conversion can make a world of difference to any home. Having said that, taking good care of your newly-converted attic is important and there may be some problems that occur from time to time – the important thing is to be prepared for them.
Some householders report damp problems in their converted attic room. It may take several years for these issues to emerge, but all the same it’s important to be prepared for them. If you spend thousands of pounds on having your loft converted, the last thing you’ll want is for it to be damaged by damp. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the potential causes of damp problems in converted lofts and how you might go about fixing them when they do appear.
Damp – and associated problems, such as mould – are caused by a mixture of wet and cold weather, and are more likely to appear in areas which are poorly ventilated. Where there is poor ventilation, excess moisture can often become trapped, and there you have the beginnings of a damp problem. In order to ensure your loft is protected from damp, take a look around and try to find whether there are any potential sources of trouble. Water leaking in through a loose roof slate or a blocked gutter can soon cause damp and mould, so be aware of this.
It’s also important to make sure that your loft’s damp proof course is sufficiently robust and offers proper protection against excess moisture. It’s worth recruiting an expert to check your damp proof course to ensure that it isn’t compromised in any way. Buying a dehumidifier can help to clear chronic damp problems, and you should be able to buy a good dehumidifier for less than £200. In addition to excess moisture, damp problems can occur where home improvement work has been carried out without allowing it to dry out properly beforehand.
Make sure that your loft is properly insulated, as this can go some way to reducing the risk of damp. Cavity wall insulation, as well as making your home generally more energy efficient, can offer some protection against damp and the various associated problems. You should also bear in mind that damp can occur when items are crammed into a loft space, as this hampers the flow of air and makes it more difficult to clear excess moisture. It’s easy to forget about this sort of thing when you’ve just had a loft conversion done and you’re excited about your new space, but by thinking ahead you can ensure you get the most out of your converted attic.