ATTIC TRUSSES (Room in the Roof)

ATTIC TRUSSES – MANUFACTURED IN WALES

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ATTIC TRUSSES – A ROOM IN THE ROOF

Attic trusses are a versatile and cost-effective method of adding both living space and value to your property. The ‘room-in-the-roof’ concept makes use of often wasted roof or loft space.

Are considering an extension to your home or enhancing a building design? It is often cheaper and more practical to utilise the roof space, than it is to increase the building footprint. Melingoed will work with you to design attic living space that is both aesthetically pleasing, practical and within budget.

Loft conversion using attic trusses provides all the benefits of an engineered trussed rafter solution, allowing you to create visually stunning living environments.

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ATTIC TRUSSES – ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME

Increased living space without changing the footprint

  • Reduced build costs per square metre.
  • Flexibility of living space without expensive build-on costs
  • There are no restrictions on lower floor or roof layouts since attic trusses may be designed to clear span onto external load-bearing walls.
  • Complex, labour intensive site work is eliminated.
  • Lowermost members of trussed rafters automatically give floor platform.
  • Once trussed rafters are erected the roof is complete, ready to receive roof finishes, plasterboard and floor boarding.
PLANNING AN ATTIC ROOF OR A LOFT CONVERSION ?

As with any housing project, careful planning can avoid problems later. Here are some points you need to consider when considering that loft conversion or attic roof:

  • Simple loft conversions generally do not require planning permission, particularly of there is no change to the original roof line. However you are advised to consult with your local planning department, especially if your home is a listed building or in a conservation area.
  • Structural elements such as beams and lintels over openings must be checked to be sufficiently load bearing.
  • Internal walls to be used as supports must be verified as load bearing.
  • Sufficient space is available for access, especially planning staircases.
  • Fire safety regulations are adhered too (fire-proof escape route, 30 minute fire proofing, fire doors etc).
  • The required insulation and acoustic specifications are incorporated.
FORMING THE ROOFSCAPE – ATTIC TRUSS GOOD DESIGN PRACTICE
The application of a few basic principles at the concept stage of a project can result in substantial cost savings. Maximising the use of engineered components and minimising labour intensive loose infill areas.
  • Stairwell and window openings are formed by positioning multiples (girders) each side of the opening and infilling with cut trusses or loose timber. Where possible place stairwells parallel to the trusses and position windows opposite each other.
  • For T-intersections or ‘walk-throughs’ consider a corridor link between the room areas. This will reduce the site framing required. It may also allow the use of a girder truss in cases where load bearing walls are not present.
  • Make use of loadbearing internal walls to add extra support for the attic trusses. To be most effective place the bearing within the centre fifth of the of the span, the mid-span having the most influence.