R is for… Roof Types

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Converting your loft is one of the easiest ways to create extra living space in your home. It’s also one of the best ways of ensuring that the value of your house rises in proportion to the amount you spend. However, before you can make a start on any building work for your loft conversion, you’ll need to determine which type of roof your house has. For that reason, our A to Z guide will focus on roof types this week.

 

Work out what type of roof you have
Your ability to have a loft conversion depends on various factors, one of which being roof type. It’s therefore of utmost importance that you determine what type of roof your house has, as this will give you a better idea of how the loft conversion will look once the work is completed, and may influence your decision over what to do with the extra space.

Hipped roofing
The great thing about hipped roofs is that they come with in-built rafter supports which are ideal for loft conversions. A hipped roof is characterised by the sloped surface on all sides. You will easily be able to convert your loft if you have a hipped roof. However, the space for conversion will be rather limited with regards to headroom, so be prepared to make the most of every nook and cranny.

This type of conversion would really suit a home office, or storage space. If you’re planning to convert your loft into a master bedroom, you’ll have to bear the varying head height in mind when deciding where to put the bed – you don’t want to constantly be banging your head getting in and out of bed every day.

Truss roofing
This type of roof is common on modern day houses and is best defined by the W-shaped beams (or trusses) that support the roof canopy. The problem with this type of roof is that the trusses will often have to be modified which in turn weakens the entire structure of the roof. For that reason, it is not ideal to have loft conversion work done on this roof type. If you are serious about converting the loft to maximise your house space potential, the best way to do this is to replace the existing roof with a hipped roofing structure.

Gable roofing
If you’re looking for a large room loft conversion, then gable roofing is ideal. This roof type is supported by gables (high walls) in at least two of its sides. In comparison to a hipped roof, a gable roof will offer you plenty more scope for what to do with the room as there will be far more space created.

If your home has gable roofing, you can use the completed room for pretty much anything you like. Although master bedrooms tend to be the most common type of loft conversion, you may wish to use the space for a children’s playroom, a home office, bathroom or even a home cinema.

What next?
Once you’ve determined which roof type your house has, you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the loft conversion. It’s now time to talk to the experts – ask advice about how you can maximise the potential of your converted loft.

Econoloft has over 40 years’ experience within the loft conversion industry. Our gallery provides lots of design inspiration while our client testimonials give you a better idea about our expertise and professionalism.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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