A common concern we hear from homeowners considering a loft extension is that the room will be too hot in the summer. However, with over 150 years of combined experience, the loft conversion specialists at Econoloft incorporate a range of features into loft conversions to ensure they offer a comfortable living environment all year round. From ventilation to advice on curtains and blinds, we offer extensive services and advice to give you the perfect space, no matter the weather. The following advice on keeping attic conversions cool will ensure you get the most from your conversion, whether your home is in Leatherhead or anywhere else in the UK.
Ensuring optimal internal conditions throughout the year requires thought at the planning stage as well as when furnishing your conversion. Key considerations include:
Windows and Ventilation
Letting fresh air into your Leatherhead loft is the best way to keep it cool and, as loft conversion specialists, we make sure to include plenty of windows in your plans. Opt for rooflights and windows that open wide to allow as much air as possible to flow through. In addition, installing windows in multiple sides of your loft extension helps create a through-draught for maximum cooling effect. Other ventilation options include trickle vents and/or ceiling fans.
Curtains and Blinds
While windows are excellent for ventilation and filling attic conversions with light, if sun shines into your loft all day, the temperature inside will quickly rise. As such, blocking out direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day, helps keep loft conversions cool. There are a vast range of blinds, shutters and curtains for homeowners in Leatherhead and the UK to choose from that effectively block out heat, including blackout and sheer options as well as curtains with thermal linings.
Although most people associate insulation with keeping homes warm in winter, it is also useful for keeping your home cool. Quality loft extension insulation does this by acting as a barrier to heat from the sun and by preventing hot air building up in and around the room. For maximum cooling affect, our loft conversion specialists recommend high performance insulation board.
It’s an easy detail to overlook, but the colour of roof tiles can impact the temperature of attic conversions. Darker colours absorb light and heat whereas lighter colours reflect the sun’s heat, helping keep loft conversions cool in the summer. So, if possible, we suggest homeowners in Leatherhead opt for lighter roofing options, and Econoloft is happy to help choose suitable roofing materials and colours to complement each home.