Frequently Asked Questions

Can all lofts be converted?

While the majority of lofts can be converted, unfortunately some will not be suitable for a conversion. It will depend on how your house has been contructed and the available headroom. If unsure a local loft conversion specialist should be able to advise you.

Do I need planning permission?

Many loft conversions only require that they meet building regulations. However, its best that you check with your local planning office.

How much will it cost?

This is a very difficult question to answer as there are so many variables. As a rough guide an average conversion will cost somewhere between £20k and £30k

Can I build a do it yourself conversion?

Its a fairly large project to undertake but if you are experienced at DIY it should be possible. You should be aware that some of the work will require extra hands, for example installing any steelwork is not a task that can be completed on your own. See our DIY loft conversions page to get a feel for what is involved.

What is U-Value?

The U-Value is a measure of how much heat can flow through a building element (such as walls, floors, roof and windows). A lower U-value is better as less heat can escape from the inside of the building to the outside. The U-value is measured in Watts (W) per square metre when the temperature difference is 1 Kelvin (one degree celsius), so for example a window might have a U-Value of 1.2W/M²k.

Can I use multifoil type insulation?

This will depend on where you live. There is currently a lot of debate over the effectiveness of multifoil insulation. Check with your local building control officer to see if its allowed in your area.

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We hope that our FAQ guide will have answered most questions you may have had. If you have a question that you would like to see on our FAQ then feel free to contact us.