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Can You Store Things in an Unboarded Loft?

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    Storing things in an unboarded loft is generally not recommended. This can lead to various problems and can threaten the structural integrity of your house, depending on how much you’re trying to store in the loft. Always make sure to get the floor of the area properly covered before attempting to use it for storage.

    Avoid using your loft for storage unless it’s properly boarded


    You should avoid storing anything in your loft if it’s not properly boarded. The main risk associated with this is damaging the underlying ceiling. Even lighter items can easily penetrate the ceiling or at least cause it to sag.

    And once that’s happened, it will be very costly to bring it back to its original state. That’s why storing anything in an unboarded loft is not recommended. Your insurance will likely not cover damage caused by doing that either, so you’ll be on the hook for any costs you incur.

    What about temporary storage?


    Storing things for just a brief period might seem like a reasonable exception, but it’s not. With some types of ceilings, it takes very little to cause permanent damage. You don’t want to use your loft for storage unless it has the proper covering to support large amounts of weight.

    That’s why storing things in an unboarded loft is never a good idea. If you insist on using your loft for storage, it’s important to have it checked out by a professional first. A good contractor should be able to plan modify the area to make it more suitable for storage, from insulation to building the room. Talk to someone you trust and get a quote for the project. In many cases, you’ll find out that it doesn’t cost as much as you might think, and it’s well within the reach of most homeowners.